Deciding to Detox
In order to begin working through the issues that led someone to abuse drugs and alcohol, first the individual must detox from all addictive substances. Detox removes the abused substances from the body. removed from the body. Most people seeking treatment for addiction require some degree of detox.
Assessments are provided on an individual basis and allow each person to receive the best possible treatment plan. Some drugs permit a person to suddenly stop using without risk; however, others often require some level of medically managed detox.
Drug detox can be deadly, but trained medical detox professionals can reduce the amount of stress and discomfort experienced, allowing for the person to safely stop using. Drugs like heroin often require the assistance of medication to more comfortably detox.
What is Withdrawal?
With any detox there exists the possibility of withdrawal symptoms. When a person stops using a mood and mind altering substance, there is always a reverberating effect. The process of chemical elimination leaves the mind and body struggling to regain homeostasis. Drugs and alcohol cause an influx of neurochemicals that create feel good sensations. With the introduction of the drug, the brain stops producing as much of these neurochemicals. Once the person stops using the drug, the brain is left with a deficit of these substances, which results in withdrawal.
The symptoms of withdrawal vary widely and depends on the person, the drugs used, amount and duration of use, and many other factors. The symptoms can range from mild discomfort and longing to severe physical and mental manifestations. In more severe cases, professionals recommend medication assisted detox as the symptoms of withdrawal may prove fatal.
Alcohol, prescription pills, heroin and amphetamines are the most commonly abused substances according to SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). By far, the number one substance people seek treatment for is alcohol. Approximately 4 out of 10 people are abusing alcohol as either primary or sole substance when admitted to a detox or rehab facility.
Opiate withdrawal may have dangerous and painful symptoms. Seizures and systemic pain make drug assisted withdrawal preferable for most people. Sub Oxone is commonly prescribed for people being admitted to a detox facility to help ease them off the drug.
Around the Clock Care
Given the dangers of detox it becomes vitally important to find an accredited detox facility. The elimination process can be frightening and painful, making qualified staff and around the clock care essential. The disease does not take a day off and symptoms do not only occur during business hours. Having a supportive and knowledgeable staff can make all the difference in the world.
Detox is often the hardest step on the road to recovery, so make sure you research and find the best treatment program for you.
Help is Available
The disease of addiction is cunning, baffling and powerful. No one dreamed of becoming a drug addict when he or she was a child. We understand that those suffering from addiction are struggling with a disease.
Whatever your preferences and budget range, we have professionals waiting to help you find the perfect place to start your recovery. Give us a call at 1-318-402-4900 and don’t spend another moment waiting for your life to begin!