Detoxification is important because it rids the body of harmful chemicals built up through substance abuse. Going through detox gives a patient’s body time to clean drugs out of his or her system and become physically stable before entering treatment.
It is extremely dangerous to completely stop using drugs “cold turkey” without the assistance of a trained medical professional. When an addict or alcoholic’s body has its “fix” stopped, he or she will experience withdrawal symptoms. We use detox medications, along with 24/7 medical supervision, to help our patients gradually loosen their drug dependency as comfortably as possible.
We believe detox should always be completed in a medical setting. Addicts or alcoholics attempting to detox by themselves usually meet with unsuccessful results. Withdrawal symptoms are often difficult to handle, causing substance users to return to their drug of choice. Detoxing from alcohol alone can even be deadly. The prolonged use of alcohol can create such a physical dependence that alcoholics can go into seizures upon detox if they are not medically treated and supervised.
Withdrawal symptoms may include: nausea, muscle aches, cold sweats, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, sleep disturbances, irritability, anxiety, and depression.
In many cases, withdrawal symptoms are very severe. Other symptoms may include: suicidal ideation, Delirium Tremens (DTs), stroke, heart attack, hallucinations, and/or death.
While most detox stays last between 5-10 days, the length of the process differs for each individual based on the substance they are detoxing from at the time. The frequency of use and the amount of usage are also major factors influencing a detox’s length, as are the patient’s age, gender, and medical history.
While the physical symptoms of withdrawal can be treated using medication, the mental and emotional impact of withdrawal can takes years to overcome. Addicts may suffer from what is known as Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome, or PAWS, for several months. PAWS symptoms may include: irritability, difficulty concentrating, bad dreams, mood swings, fatigue, and cravings.
Creating a strong support system is important during the first months of recovery. Patients are most likely to overcome their addiction when attending a long-term treatment facility; doing so gives patients an opportunity to work on the behaviors they developed when they were using drugs. Our staff guides patients through this process using traditional and state-of-the-art methods.
Contact us today at 800-392-3180 if you or a loved one is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction. We will assess if placement in our drug detox program is appropriate.