Why is detox so important
Before entering any drug rehabilitation, the addicted must go through detoxification. The goal of detoxification is to cleanse drugs and its toxins from the body. This is a vital part of rehabilitation treatment. Detox might be frightening for anyone who has attempted to quit using drugs or alcohol “cold turkey” or for people who have been abusing drugs for many years. Quitting abruptly is unhealthy in many circumstances and even deadly in others. Substance Abuse Care Treatment has supervised medical facilities and customized detox procedures. It uses secure and certified methods that treat each client as an individual with unique detox requirements.
While always medically supervised, the intensity of treatment during detox depends on what kinds of substances have been used and for how long. Some face painful withdrawal symptoms and detox at an inpatient treatment center. There they can be prescribed medications by a physician to help ease the pain of withdrawal. Other addicts will undergo mild to moderate withdrawal symptoms. Unlike those undergoing a tough withdrawal, these individuals aren’t secluded in private rooms. They live with others going through a similar detox. The process is monitored by nurses and counselors who provide guidance and support to clients during their cravings and withdrawal — without relying on medication.
Detox is only the first step
The detox process might initially be intimidating for addicts who have tried the “cold turkey” approach before. People who have been abusing for many years will also be apprehensive. But a properly executed detox program does not have to be frightening. For many addicts, detox is a vital first step toward recovering from drug addiction. Although it’s a necessary first step, detox is ONLY a first step. It is never meant to replace the rehabilitation process. Unlike many other facilities, Substance Abuse Care Treatment’s methods provide reinforcement during and after the detox process because its professionals are aware of how easy it is to relapse after becoming sober. Detox in combination with rehab for substance abuse makes for an effective approach to overcoming addiction. Recovery is attainable, especially when detox is immediately followed by a treatment program. The treatment program can be inpatient, outpatient or residential depending on your needs. The length of treatment also varies from 28 days to 60 days to 90 days. While some may begin their life of recovery after 28 days, studies show that the longer a person stays in rehab the grater chances for long-term recovery. Substance Abuse Care Treatment’s knowledgeable recovery specialists are available 24/7 to address concerns about detox, rehab and treatment, so call 802-327-8254 now!
Types of Detox Services
Medically supervised withdrawal and social detoxification are the two methods used most often in detox centers. Health-care specialists will choose either method after evaluating:
- Psychological state of the patient
- Physical well-being of the patient
- Kind of setting specialists think will likely be the most helpful to the patient
- The type of drug being used
- Length of use
- Age of the patient
What type of detox is right for you?
The two types of detox most often used in detox facilities are known as medically supervised and social detoxification. Medically supervised and social detoxification treat the two forms of addiction — physical dependency and psychological dependency. When a person is physically dependent on drugs his body will go into withdrawal and nerve cells that control pleasure are disturbed. Psychological dependency happens when addicts believe they need the drug to feel happy or normal and not getting the substance causes great stress and anxiety. Health care professionals will decide which detox process is the right one for you by evaluating the type of substance being abused; period of addiction; and the age, mental state and physical well-being of the patient. Medically supervised detox provides patients with a physical dependency with the safest setting during withdrawal. In medically supervised detox, medications prescribed by a physician can prevent severe withdrawal symptoms. These include hallucinations, seizures or other physical and mental issues. People who benefit the most from medically supervised withdrawal include those addicted to alcohol; pain medications such as prescription or pharmaceutical; barbiturates or sedatives; or opioids such as heroin, OxyContin7 or codeine. Patients who abuse these substances face the most painful and dangerous withdrawal symptoms. Also, anyone affected by serious alcoholism, or who is abusing alcohol in conjunction with other drugs, should participate in medically supervised withdrawal. Finally, any person who has ever experienced hallucinations or seizures, has a serious sickness or has been diagnosed with particular mental illnesses should undergo medically supervised withdrawal to be able to safely wean themselves from drugs and alcohol. Medically supervised detox is an inpatient treatment that regularly takes place in hospitals or medical clinics. Inpatient treatment is not as common as it once was. However, detox remains a process that requires medical supervision in a hospital unit or clinic. Substance Abuse Care Treatment provides detox services and patients are encouraged to proceed directly to its rehabilitation center for the best recovery results. Social detoxification is recommended for people who use marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine or infrequently use opioids and alcohol. Withdrawal symptoms for these patients usually are moderate. Still, nurses and counselors are on hand to monitor this process. Also, in social detoxification, patients are encouraged to live alongside and socialize with others in recovery. This way, they are ready to live with each other and work with other people in recovery when they enter a rehab program. Again, a careful evaluation beyond simply what kinds of drugs are being used is important to guarantee a safe detox. For example, it is very important to gradually reduce the use of depressants like barbiturates, benzodiazepines and alcohol because the withdrawal symptoms may include hallucinations, tremors, seizures, higher blood pressure, increased heart rate and increased body temperature. Stimulants such as amphetamines, methamphetamine, cocaine and Ritalin, frequently have uncomplicated withdrawal symptoms that require only emotional support from family, loved ones and therapists. But be warned: It’s not uncommon for habitual stimulant-users to need prescription medication to get them through a difficult detox. They face symptoms of stimulant psychosis, resulting in suicidal emotions, suicide attempts, paranoid thoughts and psychosis. Opioids, for instance, heroin, morphine, codeine and OxyContin, can have very minor to very dangerous withdrawal symptoms, including a runny nose, sweating, anxiousness, depression, quickening pulse, quickening breathing, bone pain, muscle pain, vomiting and diarrhea.
There are a few detox medications that can be prescribed by physicians to mitigate some of the worst symptoms of withdrawal. People who use drugs in conjunction with alcohol or who have a serious alcohol addiction are regularly advised to undergo medically supervised withdrawal. Withdrawing “cold turkey” from alcohol can cause people to hallucinate, have seizures or develop serious physical and mental conditions. All this can be avoided with specific medications used at medically supervised recovery rehabilitation drug detox facilities. Medically supervised withdrawal is strongly recommended for anybody who has ever experienced hallucinations or seizures, has a severe illness or has been diagnosed with particular psychological disorders.
Social detoxification is intended for those who are expected to only experience mild to moderate withdrawal symptoms due to use of such substances as:
- occasional opioid use
- occasional alcohol use
During this type of detox, patient health is supervised by nurses and counselors who also try to help them get through cravings without utilizing medicine. In social detoxification, patients are not kept apart in institution-like rooms while they detox. Instead, they are encouraged to live alongside and socialize with others in recovery. This way, they are ready to live with each other and work with other people in recovery when they enter a rehab program.
Taking the First Step
For many people, detox is an important step toward recovering from substance use. But it’s ONLY a first step and should never be used to replace a rehabilitation program. Although many detox facilities fail to offer guidance once detox is done, detoxification alcohol understands how easy it can be to relapse if the a person doesn’t start rehab.
Recovery is attainable and people are more successful if detox is utilized with drug and alcohol treatment at addiction treatment rehab services. Better Treatment Addiction Rehab’s professional recovery experts are available 24/7 to answer questions regarding detox, rehabilitation and treatment, so call 802-327-8254 today.
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