Step Toward Recovery
Medical detoxification (detox) helps clients take the first step towards recovery from substance dependency, with safe, supervised clinical facilities and custom-designed detox regimens. Detox is a process used to expel drugs and toxins from the body. Detox on its own isn’t treatment, but it may be necessary before treatment can begin. Detox requirements differ from person to person, and many times the “cold turkey” technique for quitting drugs or alcohol isn’t safe.
Because detox methods are different for each addiction, detox facilities offer an individualized process for every patient, utilizing safe and medically proven methods. Medically supervised withdrawal and social detoxification are the two sorts of detox used the most often in detox centers. Addiction specialists may select one or the other depending on the kind of drug being used, the length of addiction and the physical and psychological health of the client.
Differences in Detox
People who usually should undergo medically supervised withdrawal include people who have been addicted to alcohol, pain medications (prescription or pharmaceutical), barbiturates or sedatives and opioids (heroin, OxyContin7, codeine). The particularly nasty withdrawal symptoms of these substances can be decreased by certain detoxification drug medicines that may only be prescribed by a physician. People who use drugs alongside alcohol, or who are suffering from severe alcoholism, are always advised to undergo medically supervised withdrawal. Withdrawing “cold turkey” from alcohol can cause people to hallucinate or develop unhealthy physical and mental conditions, all of which can be prevented with specific medicines used at medically supervised detox facilities.
Social detoxification is better suited for people addicted to drugs that are expected to cause only mild to moderate withdrawal symptoms, such as marijuana, cocaine or methamphetamine. In this kind of detox, patients are monitored by medical staff and therapists that manage the patients’ well-being. They try to help addicts during the cravings of withdrawal without using medications. In social detoxification, patients are urged to live alongside and socialize with other addicts in recovery. This will help people to prepare for a treatment program, where they will be working towards recovery together with a group of other addicts.
Taking the First Step
Although in some cases detox is a vital first step, it is JUST a first step. It’s not supposed to replace the whole rehabilitation, or rehab, process. Rehab center professionals know how easy it is to relapse if the addict doesn’t start treatment after detox. Detox is an effective first step when used in tandem with rehab and various other drug and alcohol therapy strategies. Recovery is possible, and addicts are most successful when detox is utilized in combination with drug and alcohol treatment. Treatments can vary, but the goal of rehab is always the same, to give the addict back the freedom that was lost. If you want that freedom back for yourself or a loved one, please call 916-249-2665 to learn more about detox and rehab facilities in Missouri.