Not only drugs affect person’s body and mind, they are also the substances that take time, and often a significant one, to withdraw from an organism. There are plenty of various factors that influence the time of drug withdrawal and they are also happen to be in various interactions. Therefore there is only approximate time of withdrawal that can be estimated, with each particular case to consider independently, relying on general information as a guide to calculate exact timing for every single person. The factors that make this time different are the following.
One’s height, weight, age, state of health, current shape matter a lot when one wants to learn how much time it would take a certain drug to withdraw. The poorer one’s state and the bigger age is, the longer it takes to get clean. Being aware of importance of those to consider while calculating will make the result accurate.
Drug taking habits
How long and how often one takes a drug is vital for successful estimation of its withdrawal from one’s body. Quality of a drug taken is also relevant. Poor quality drugs tend to stay at one’s system much more than good ones would take to withdraw.
Kind of drug
Different drugs have different estimated time of withdrawal, which may vary significantly (from 6 hours up to three months). This is definitely a factor to take into account, and the vital one, actually.
Method of usage
Different ways of consuming a drug (e.g., sniffing, chewing, smoking, swallowing, injecting etc.) result into different time it takes the substance to withdraw.
Kind of body element analyzed
One’s urine, hair, saliva or blood is normally used to determine whether or not a person has consumed any drug. The time of withdrawal varies greatly depending on which one of the aforementioned is taken for the analysis. While blood is the fastest one to get clean from drugs, hair is what often allows to detect they have been taken, as it is able to preserve any substances within 90 days after consumption.
Personal medical conditions
Any other specific features that involve taking any kind of prescribed medicine may influence the time of withdrawal. Those are to be taken into consideration if one wants to define estimated time of drug withdrawal accurately. Diseases also affect this time by slowing down one’s metabolism and adverse the process of detoxification.
Genetics and metabolism
The faster one’s metabolism is, the less it takes for drugs to leave one’s body. Vice versa, if it’s slow, a bigger amount of time is necessary. It is highly advised and useful to know how one’s body works here to know whether it will be soon or late when it’s clean. Genetics, as scientists believe, is also a thing to bear in mind, as sometimes it is the thing that defines both how long it will take for drugs to withdraw and how susceptible certain people are to quicker development of addiction.
Certain products, like green foods, grapefruits, oranges, limes, seeds and nuts, green tea etc. speed up metabolism and make drugs leave body faster. Considering such a diet for detox may also lessen the amount of time needed for withdrawal, especially if some aggravating factors are present, like big body weight, other medicines taken, old age or poor physical shape.
Women’s bodies, being normally less hydrated and having lower metabolism, mostly get intoxicated quicker then men’s and it takes women more time to get clean. They also need lesser amount of drugs to get equally intoxicated with men of the same body weight.
The table below lists the most popular drugs and their withdrawal time depending on a particular body element that is used to detect ones. For more information see the table.
|Amphetamines||1-2 days||–||1-2 days||Up to 90 Days|
|Benzodiazepines||1-6 weeks||6-48 hours||1-10 days||Up to 90 Days|
|Barbiturates||2-3 weeks||1-2 weeks||1-10 days||Up to 90 Days|
|Cannabis||2 days-11 weeks||2 days||1-10 days||Up to 90 Days|
|Cocaine||20-30 days||24 hrs||1-10 days||Up to 90 Days|
|Ecstasy||1-3 days||12 hrs||1-5 days||Up to 90 Days|
|Heroin (Opioid)||2-4 days||6 hrs||1-4 days||Up to 90 Days|
|LSD||8-24 hrs||3 hrs||1-2 days||Up to 90 Days|
|Methamphetamine||1-4 days||1-3 days||1-4 days||Up to 90 Days|
|Morphine (Opiate)||3-4 days||12 hrs||1-4 days||Up to 90 Days|
So far numerous scientists couldn’t agree on the exact amount of time needed so that certain drugs would completely leave one’s body. But what often falls out of everyone’s attention is physical and psychological symptoms of drug detox. While biological cleanliness of the body is a reason to care mostly because of drug testing approaching, those symptoms can give a person away as easily as test results, at the same time being equally or even more troubling than the nervousness caused by waiting to get tested.
Despite the fact that symptoms vary depending on a kind of drug one takes, their whole list is terrifying and consists of things anyone would hardly like to experience. Regarding emotional state, one is likely to get extreme anxiety, panic attacks, increased aggression levels, problems with attention, judgment, insomnia, depression, suicidal thoughts and mood. From the physical side, one might have severe headaches, speeding up of breath and heart rate, faints, tremor, nausea, diarrhea, muscle tension, excessive sweating, and even heart attacks/failures or hemorrhages in the extreme cases of long addiction history or unfortunate combination of circumstances.
Therefore it is vital for a person in detox to arrange all kinds of support possible, both physically and psychologically. At the same time, emotional symptoms are the certain ones that a person in detox gets, while physical ones mostly happen detoxing from tranquilizers, opiates and alcohol.