why You May Need Medical Detox for Addiction

If you’re struggling with substance use disorder and find yourself asking if you really need medical detox for addiction, here are some other questions you may want to ask yourself.

Do withdrawal symptoms make it hard for you to live your life?

Physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms are common drivers behind impulses that lead to substance use. They can range from mild (slight stomach issues, runny nose, mild pain, etc.) to more severe (flu-like symptoms, chronic pain, hallucinations, seizures, coma, paranoia, etc.), depending on what drugs you’re using and how much.

The withdrawal cycle can develop very quickly after use starts, as drugs like heroin, cocaine, or prescription opioids rapidly start to alter the brain’s chemistry and central nervous system.

Maybe these symptoms are causing you to cancel plans with your friends more often. Maybe they’re causing you to miss more work. Maybe they’re keeping you in bed for days on end. Maybe they’re forcing you to do things you never thought you’d do. Either way, if they’ve become unmanageable and persistent, it’s time for you to get help.

Do you keep drinking or using even when you tell yourself you’re not going to?

Even in the clearest-headed and most well-intentioned times, when you say you’re not going to use anymore, withdrawal may have different plans for you. When you try to ignore the impact of prolonged and untreated substance use, your brain and body will take over and let you know that it needs continued use to feel normal. This may ultimately lead to you going back on your promise to yourself and to the people you care about in the pursuit of relieving your symptoms.

Are you Facing medical or mental health issues Because of substance Use?

Addiction and substance use are linked to a wide array of long-term health issues, including but not limited to

  • Heart Failure
  • Diabetes
  • Organ Damage
  • Respiratory Issues

They’re also linked to mental health issues, like schizophrenia, depression, borderline personality disorder, anxiety, and more. Not only are detox and withdrawal management critical to preventing the progression of these issues, you or your loved one should also consider dual-diagnosis treatment to address these co-occurring conditions.


If you’ve tried to detox alone in your bedroom, you know how difficult, and potentially dangerous, it could be. Substance use withdrawal is a medical disease that requires clinical attention. Medical detox for addiction provides the benefit of experienced and trained doctors and nurses who can provide a comprehensive care plan to treat your withdrawal symptoms and intervene in the event of a medical emergency.

Medically supervised withdrawal management provides a safe, supportive and compassionate environment. Medical detox for addiction is best conducted in an inpatient environment where you can heal without distraction. Doctors may be able to offer medication-assisted treatment with drugs like Suboxone or Vivitrol to begin the process of curbing cravings and your withdrawal symptoms.

Medical Detox for Addiction at Recovery Unplugged

Recovery Unplugged offers medical detox for addiction at our locations in Austin, Nashville, and Lake Worth, FL as part of our inpatient treatment services. Residential detox typically lasts three to seven days, depending upon your progress and ongoing care needs. Care is provided in a clean and comfortable hospital environment and you will be regularly monitored to ensure you’re medically stable and safely recovering from acute withdrawal symptoms.

Detox also provides the opportunity to get help for any medical issues associated with your substance abuse. If you’re tired of trying to detox on your own and existing in a cycle of withdrawal and relapse, take the first step toward hope, healing and lasting freedom addiction. Detox and withdrawal management is covered by most private insurance providers to help make the procedure more accessible.