Comprehensive Detox Treatment
The First Step An Individual Can Take
Drug Detoxification is the first step that an individual can take toward beating their drug addiction. Seeking treatment can be a bold step for some. For many addicts, there is a natural inclination to deny there is an addiction problem until down the road where treatment becomes imperative. We think seeking treatment is a brave act. However, detox should only be attempted in a controlled, clinical environment with professional doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, and clinicians.
The Purpose of Detox?
Detox is meant to rid the body of harmful chemicals, and also to bring about physiological healing and stabilization after long or short-term addiction. Withdrawal symptoms can be uncomfortable, and even painful or fatal at times. While detox matters and is a critical component of rehab, it is but one piece of puzzle. The reason is that addiction to any drug can be both physical and psychological. Therapeutic treatment is meant to address cravings and how the brain’s chemistry changes as a result of addictive substances. Detox helps a person to stop using drugs or alcohol. The right follow-up and therapy can also go a long way in helping a person avoid the possibility of relapse.
Possible Detox Symptoms may include sweating, yawning excessively, agitation, anxiety, insomnia, runny nose, high blood pressure, body pains, and more. Of course, the time it takes to detox depends on the individual and their addicted drug. Many symptoms of detox are not life-threatening, but still may be highly uncomfortable. This is why it is so critical to detox in a controlled, safe, clinical environment. Detox is a consideration of the following.
- How long the person has been addicted to drugs or alcohol. Daily use and prolonged use allows the body to build up certain tolerance levels. This likely means that withdrawal symptoms will be more severe.
- The drugs used, and/or, a combination of alcohol. Many addicts abuse both drugs and alcohol concurrently. This can create a plethora of withdrawal symptoms, each with the the ability to exacerbate the other.
- The dose of the drug needed to help a person quit using their drug of choice. Tolerance is likely to have built up, and the individual will need managed doses to bring the body back into balance.
- Co-occurring mental disorders. A person can be addicted and suffer from such mental disorders as anxiety or depression. Any symptom can be amplified by drug or alcohol use.
- Life of the drug. If a drug is short-acting, withdrawal is likely to take less time.
If a patient receives residential treatment, they will likely have access to 24/7 treatment and support. Patients are treated for detox symptoms, and co-occurring medical or other illnesses. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy along with experimental therapies may also be employed to help the patient toward full recovery. Patients learn how their thinking has shaped their behavior. They also learn to approach life differently to experience different outcomes.
Outpatient treatment is less intense, but equally as effective as inpatient treatment. Patients receive the same level of quality care. However, they return home after each therapy session. They may be randomly tested to make sure they have not relapsed during their program. Patients usually have more control over their condition when outpatient treatment is prescribed.
Patients will also be offered individual, group, or family counseling options. The goal is to provide treatments that will reduce the chance of a person going into relapse. Experimental therapies may also include yoga, spirituality, and meditation.
Tips for Remaining Sober After Detox
Your goal is to remain sober long after your detox is completed. The following tips can help you get on track, and stay on track.
Find an effective aftercare. Aftercare can inspire the support you need to stay sober. It helps to keep you focused and grounded. Those who seek aftercare will most likely experience the greatest success rate for sobriety.
Find a way to stay busy doing something constructive. Having an effective purpose in life can go a long way in helping you stay focused. Call your support group, hang out with positive people, and join organizations that are making a difference in the lives of others.
Take good care of yourself. Eat well, exercise, and live well. It is the only way you can be a blessing to yourself and others.
If you or a loved one suffers from a drug or alcohol addiction, we have the clinical solutions that can help.