A Critical Step in the Addiction Treatment Process
Addiction and substance abuse create widespread and devastating damage in a person’s life; and this usually starts with their physical and neurological health. The very nature of chemical dependency is that it changes the brain chemistry to compel sufferers to pursue their next fix at all costs, even if this means harming themselves or others. Before any behavioral addiction treatment can begin, it’s important to make
sure that patients are medically stabilized and that their brains and bodies are able to function without the use of alcohol or other drugs. Detoxification or “detox” is the first stage in the treatment process and helps patients eliminate the chemicals that have accumulated in their body as a result of prolonged and untreated substance abuse.
Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms
Although each patient’s withdrawal period will be different, depending upon the scope and severity of their substance abuse, some of the more common symptoms include:
- Nausea, Vomiting and Diarrhea
- Flu-Like Symptoms
- Extreme Changes in Body Temperature
- Mild to Severe Joint and Muscle Pain
- Hallucinations and Delusions
- Depression and Anxiety
Some of the more serious symptoms can include seizures, tremors and coma. The detox process usually lasts anywhere from three days to a week, depending on the patients’ progress. Professional detox offers patients compassionate and quality relief to make the process as comfortable as possible; a game-changing resource in addiction recovery.
Is Professional Detox Really Necessary?
The detox process is seldom a pleasant or painless one, but it is a cornerstone of treatment. It’s also true, however, that detox and withdrawal are much easier when they are managed by an experienced and qualified team of professionals. Withdrawal is quite possibly the most difficult part of treatment, and it is a leading cause of relapse. Many make the mistake of thinking they don’t need professional help with their detox, and attempt the process on their own. Ultimately, they wind up succumbing to the pain and sickness of withdrawal and go running back to alcohol or other drugs.
How Do I Know I Need Detox?
Detox becomes necessary whenever a substance user starts to experience severe and uncontrollable withdrawal symptoms. This means that the body can no longer function properly without a steady supply of alcohol or other drugs, and professional intervention is needed. There is a significant difference between trying to detox alone in one’s bedroom and relying on a qualified addiction-trained doctor.
Recovery Unplugged offers quality, professional medical detox. Our doctors, nurses and support staff are determined to help you through the rigors of the withdrawal period. You don’t have to keep suffering. Our professionals are ready to help you.
Call Recovery Unplugged today at (954) 703-1975.