Body’s Detox Process
Tolerance Is The Body Trying To Detox Itself
If you are addicted to drugs or some type of substance, your body is already going through a process of detox whether you know it or not. Prolonged substance abuse causes the body to build up a tolerance. This causes the user to increase their dose, or to abuse more frequently. Every time they come down from a high, their body experiences detox symptoms. Thus, it becomes a vicious cycle. The more they abuse drugs or alcohol, the less effect it has, which makes them crave their drug even more.
Once a person arrives at the realization that they have an addiction problem, and seeks clinical help, the next step is to check into a treatment center where detox treatment is administered. It is not an easy process to undergo, and medical professionals all advise that an addicted individual undergo detox in a controlled environment with professional oversight. Otherwise, detox can be fatal in some instances.
Treatment also addresses the mental and psychological issues that may have driven a person to addiction to begin with. If there are co-occurring illnesses, they can be addressed as well. During the detox period, the addict is extremely vulnerable to relapse. At Sprout Health California Detox, we staff clinical professionals who are experienced and certified at their craft. We understand the “how” and “why” of addiction, and can administer the therapies and medications that patients need to work toward a life that is free of alcohol or drugs.
What the Body Experiences During Detox
Drugs, some, can alter the very chemistry of a person’s brain. How the person’s mind processes information and stimulants can be completely thrown off. Recovery is a process of ridding the body of harmful chemicals, then treating the symptoms of withdrawal that can lead to full recovery. The body is going to react to the absence of drugs that it was so used to having. Symptoms that follow can include overpowering cravings, depression, chills, suicidal thoughts, sleep disorders, extreme hunger, physical/emotional fatigue, and difficulty breathing.
There are other psychological symptoms that an addicted person may experience during withdrawal too. How long detox takes depends on a number of factors including length of time addicted, the amount of drugs taken, whether a person is taking multiple drugs, conditions that might co-occur, and whether there are other mental conditions that require attention. Without the right clinical help, withdrawal can be a deadly experience for some.
Recovering from Substance Abuse
After a long period of substance abuse, the body needs to be rehydrated, and nutritional supplements need to be replaced at a safe pace. The body is so used to being depleted of nutritional and healthy substances that an addict’s body has to make readjustments. Treatments for addiction can be inpatient or outpatient.
Inpatient treatment is more intense, and a person will have to reside at the facility through the duration of their treatment. They have 24/7 access to care. The length of time at the facility will vary. Often, the longer their stay, the greater the likelihood they will not relapse when released from their program. They have access to psychiatrists, psychologist, technicians, and nurses. Everyone has the needed training to provide patients with the tools and treatments needed to get well.
Outpatient treatments, just as effective, are less intensive. Patients can return home after their daily sessions and get on with life. Even though there is temptation, patients gain strength because they will eventually be on their own. Patients are taught to identify and avoid triggers that can lead to detox. They simply must check in each day at the facility to make sure their treatment program is on track.
We can also provide alternative holistic therapies that may include acupuncture and massage. Well-being is critical for patients that need to feel good about themselves again. Everything we do is to help patients rebuild their self-esteem. We also offer cognitive behavior therapies that help patients to examine make the connection between thought and behavior. Patients learn to deal with challenges in a different light.
If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, we have the solutions and therapies to help you through to the other side. Recovery starts with the brave act of admitting there is a problem, then checking into rehab for recovery help.