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Rehabilitation, Detox, and Drug Addiction
If people suffer from profound dependency, abruptly stopping the use of a substance, such as illegal drugs, prescription medication, or alcohol, is a scary thought, not to mention dangerous and even life-threatening. Often, people that have attempted to quit at least once have used the ‘cold turkey' method, or attempted to use their self-control to quit. Unhappily, those efforts to stop are very rarely a success in the end, partially because drug addiction is very powerful, and partly because the fundamental reasons for using drugs or alcohol haven’t been dealt with. Detox is NOT rehabilitation, though it is understood that detox is a powerful process, and a crucial step towards recovery.
Detoxification, or detox, involves cleansing the body of a substance, while at the same time handling the symptoms of withdrawal. For lots of addicts, this is an essential first step in treatment, and must be done quickly and as effectively as possible. Probably the most critical factor to be aware of about detox is that it’s NOT rehab, and isn’t capable of ‘curing’ a drug addict or alcoholic from their illness. Treatment and rehab are the only real and proven paths to recovery. Rehab centers recommend continuing into a program for the best recovery results.
Types of Detox
Most centers provide two forms of detox, and the detox program that the client requires is typically determined based on the level of dependency, and the substance the client is abusing. In social detoxification, clients participate in a residential or outpatient rehabilitation program and do not generally require clinical supervision. Educational classes, self-help meetings, and group counseling are the advantages of participating in social detoxification. Medical supervision and, sometimes, the prescription of medicine are characteristics of medically supervised detoxification, (also called medically supervised withdrawal), which usually happens in a hospital or clinical health facility. This type of detoxification must be supervised by trained medical personnel for the health and safety of the client.
Different drugs result in numerous withdrawal symptoms, which is the reason why treatment facilities provide so many detox services. Depressants, like barbiturates, benzodiazepines, and alcohol, may cause hallucinations, tremors, seizures, and increased blood pressure, heart rate, and body temperature, so it is vital to gradually stop the use of these substances. Stimulants (for instance, amphetamines, methamphetamine, cocaine, and Ritalin) do not usually require more than emotional support from family, loved ones, and therapists. It isn’t uncommon for chronic stimulants-abusers to need medicine because they’ve developed stimulant psychosis, which will cause suicidal feelings, suicide attempts, and paranoia. Opioids (for example, heroin, morphine, codeine, and OxyContin) may have very minor to extremely serious withdrawal symptoms, including runny nose, sweating, anxiety, depression, rapid pulse and breathing, bone and muscle pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. To moderate very serious withdrawal symptoms, synthetic opioids are occasionally used, but must be used sparsely because they can result in substance dependency.
Taking the First Step
Preferably, if a person desires detox in order to cleanse a substance from their body, then they’ll want to stop using altogether. For this reason, it’s necessary to remember that detox isn’t rehabilitation; it’s only the first step. The only way to experience true and long-lasting recovery is to agree to rehab. Professional recovery experts are available 24 hours a day to address questions pertaining to detox, rehab, and treatment, or detox and rehab centers. Call (303) 529-2463 now to get helpful recovery resources.