Drug Detox Treatment Program
Detoxification is the starting point in the journey to drug addiction recovery.
It is commonly believed that drug detoxification is the entirety of the solution to drug addiction, unfortunately, this is false. Detoxification (detox) is the first of many steps in the long and arduous process of drug addiction treatment and recovery. The focus of detox is to cleanse the body, and prepare it for the physiological and psychological improvements it will experience with the rehabilitation program.
Drug Detox as a Necessary First Step to Drug Addiction Treatment
Detoxification is the process of removing all of the abused substance out of an individual’s body. It is often done as naturally as possible, with the aid of medications when necessary. Beginning drug detox is a foundational step in the drug rehabilitation process, allowing the rest of the treatment to: focus on identifying addiction triggers, and undergoing cognitive behavioral therapies to construct new mechanists to deal with the triggers. By encompassing all aspects of addiction, starting with the root, we offer a more comprehensive treatment and follow-up program. This gives participants the greatest potential to experience a complete healing and recovery from drug addiction.
Detox treatment cannot serve as a standalone cure for drug addiction, it’s most commonly combined cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT) to provide the best chance for recovery. Nevertheless detox is a crucial first step that must be executed before any significant therapies can be implemented. Cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt) has a significantly larger chance of success when detox is started as the primary form of therapy. Drug detox allows the brain to begin re-adjusting to sober life, and gives recovering addicts the ability to retain the cognitive behavioral therapy.
Withdrawal Symptoms and the Need for Drug Detox
Drug detox removes abused substances from the body of the user. Often drugs have a accumulated in reservoirs throughout the user’s body, and has exerted many physiological changes to their system. As a response to these prolonged changes, the body attempts to perceive them as the new norm, and compensate for their effect.
Eventually, when the substances are removed from the body, or the level of the substance in the body drops, the user begins to experience symptoms of withdrawal. Short term drug addiction can produce mild withdrawal symptoms during the withdrawal process, such as; loss of appetite, insomnia, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, and muscle aches. Prolonged drug use most frequently produces symptoms that can be quite severe and even life threatening, such as; cardiac arrhythmias, coma, respiratory depression, and seizures. Seizures in particular are serious because they prevent effective distribution of oxygen to the brain. If low levels of oxygen persist in the brain for prolonged periods of time, it can lead to the death of portions of the brain and put the individual in a coma. Multi-organ failure can ensue if low levels of oxygen continue to circulate throughout the brain and body.
Withdrawal symptoms vary depending on the substance abused, the length of abuse, and the dosages taken. For example, many prescription pills such as oxycodone, methadone, and fentanyl frequently produce seizures as well as visual and auditory hallucinations the detoxification process. These patients usually carry out their detox in an acute detox facility, where medical professionals can properly monitor, diagnose, and treat the patient. Other substances such as Cocaine, Crystal Methamphetamines (meth), and alcohol, all produce depression like symptoms during the detoxification process. Unfortunately, depression is one of the major contributing factors to suicide, so these patients must also be carefully monitored.
Safety in Drug Detox
Detox should always be performed in a facility equipped to handle it, under the care of trained professionals. This will help ensure the best results, and prevent any unforeseen circumstances. Drug detox facilities form a support system for those looking to recover, already having experienced the withdrawal process, facilities can ease the management of withdrawal symptoms. Beginning with the stabilization of the patient’s condition, drug rehabilitation facilities are able to properly assess individuals and compose an individualized drug rehabilitation program.
Medical-Assisted Drug Detox
If the addiction is not that severe, and the individual is diagnosed with a situation will not cause an imminent threat to the life of the individual, then a medical-assisted (sub-acute) detox treatment can be utilized. Though a more natural approach is recommended, these drug treatment facilities are able to offer a limited amount medications to help improve the individual’s ability to cope with withdrawal symptoms. These medications also to help curb the individual’s cravings for the drug, as well as, facilitate a more tolerable withdrawal experience.
An example of would be the two useful rehabilitation drugs are Methadone and Buprenorphine, because they can mimic the chemicals produced by opioid abuse, but produce significantly milder withdrawal symptoms. Unfortunately, due the the fewer and milder withdrawal symptoms, in recent years, individuals have begun developing addictions to these drugs. Methadone in particular, is abused as a recreational drug, causing to to be classified as a drug problem, and leaving buprenorphine as a better alternative.
Detoxification is the starting point in the journey to drug addiction recovery. Don’t hesitate to call Sprout Health Group, we will aid you in taking the first steps to a life free from drug addiction.