Outpatient Drug Detox Program
The use of foreign substances change the way your brain interprets pleasure.
It is common knowledge to understand what a detox is. There are so many up and coming diets and fruit cleanses available to consumers today. It is no wonder why drug addicts wanting to recover attempt drug detoxifications on their own. They believe that the detox from a drug is the same type of detox that is advertised on television.
These television commercials and magazine articles allude to the consumer that removing toxins from your body is an easily streamlined process. What they do not normally realize is that the mental and physical toll that the toxins is usually pretty substantial. By completely cutting off the substance, individual’s risk completely shocking their entire system and the consequences are extremely detrimental. It is imperative to understand that detoxing from an unhealthy diet is one hundred percent different than detoxing from drugs. When an individual detoxes using a juice cleanse all they are simply doing is flushing out their digestive tract. The juice is used to pick up all the pollutants on their way through the digestive system.
The process of detoxing your body from drugs and alcohol is an entirely different ball game. Although an individual may have literally cleansed the poisons out of their gastrointestinal system, they still have to battle the effects the drug had on their brain chemistry and central nervous system. It is no secret that drugs and alcohol completely rewire the consumer’s brain by changing the way the mind transmits pleasure signals caused by certain events. Alcohol and drugs have been proven to modify the way the brain releases the pleasure chemicals of the brain by releasing substantial levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine. For example, if you were to eat your favorite dessert your brain naturally releases dopamine to let your body know that this makes you happy.
The use of foreign substances change the way your brain interprets pleasure. An addict can feel the same sensation as the scenario listed above but without the physical presence of their favorite dessert. Instead the foreign substance is the trigger that sends out the pleasure signal and naturally the brain will create a craving for that substance. When consuming the drug over a long period of time the abuser’s body will become increasingly more dependent. This increasing dependency is jointly related to an increasing tolerance due to the frequency of consumption. A tolerance is the instance by which an abuser can no longer get the same high from a substance and need to up their dosage in order to feel the same effects. Many addicts are forced to up their doses because once they build a tolerance because if they don’t they will experience severe withdrawal symptoms. Without the drug the body will not be able to properly function because it is deprived. The combination of dependency and tolerance is what differentiates a substance addiction from substance abuse. It is imperative that if an addict wishes
For an addict who suffers from a moderately severe addiction but whose withdrawal symptoms are not actually life threatening, they are permitted to participate in an intensive outpatient program. The outpatient program offers the patient to receive natural mental and physical support while undergoing the detox. If the symptoms appear to be too brutal, then the patient will be administered the appropriate medications. Nutritional and physiological counseling is also offered throughout the patient’s detox. It is vital to understand that an outpatient program is only recommended for patients who suffer from a moderate substance abuse issue that has not crossed over to being a full blown addiction.
In an outpatient program, the patient will obviously be allowed to return to their home after each session. It is essential for the patient to understand how to actively manage their cravings when they are away from the treatment facility. This requires a lot of education and mental strength because it will be very tempting for the recovering abuser to want to resort to substance abuse to terminate the extremity of the withdrawal symptoms. The physiological therapy plays a huge role in motivating the individual to stay strong through the detoxification process because the therapy will allow them to see a future in which they can live a healthy normal life. The nutritional therapy the patient will receive allows their body to naturally repair the physical damage caused by their substance abuse. Due to the drugs and alcohol completely changing the patient’s brain chemistry, they have become malnourished because their brain no longer craves the basic elements to maintain a healthy foundation.
Going through a full body toxin detox is the first step towards living a healthy drug-free lifestyle. The fact that the patient made the decision to take matters into their own hands and start the substance addiction treatment shows great courage and motivation. Sprouth Health California understands what a huge step this is and will actively guide each patient through the intensive outpatient program we offer. Our program allows our patients to have full jurisdiction over their life as they begin their substance abuse treatment journey to a healthier normal life.