Detox placement 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 a trained medical professional helping. When an addict or alcoholic’s body has its “fix” stopped, he or she will experience withdrawal symptoms. Drug detox frees the body from dependency. We use drug detox medications, along with 24/7 medical supervision, to help you gradually come off any drug with as much comfort as possible.
Attempting to detox on their own is a tough road for addicts. Without medical supervision, they often develop pain and discomfort accompanying withdrawal just too much and return to using drugs or alcohol. A medically supervised detox can ensure that a patient is as comfortable as possible during the process.
Addicts or alcoholics attempting detox by themselves usually find unsuccessful results. Withdrawal symptoms can become too much to handle, so they go back to their drug of choice and feel better. Detoxing from alcohol alone can be deadly. Prolonged use of alcohol can create such a physical dependence that the alcoholic can go into seizures upon detox, if not medically treated and supervised. We believe detox should always be in a medical setting because it is a physical aliment.
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. Individuals should be treated in a medically monitored detox facility. Other symptoms may include suicidal ideation, Delirium Tremens (DTs), stroke, heart attack, hallucinations and/or death.
It differs for each individual based on the substance they are detoxing from at the time. Frequency of use and amount of usage are both main factors determining a detox’s length. Most detox stays are 5-10 days. Various factors influencing a patient’s detox experience include age, gender, type of substance used, amount/length of time using the substance, and medical history.
Physical withdrawal symptoms can be changed by medication, yet the mental side takes years to overcome and understand. 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. Overcoming alcohol addiction is proven most effective when a patient attends long-term treatment. Doing so allows a patient an opportunity to work on behaviors developed while in an addictive way of life. Using state-of-the-art and traditional methods, our staff guides a patient through the process.
Contact us today at 800-392-3180 if you or a loved one is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction. We will assess your role in our detox placement program.