Medical detox is a useful method of removing drugs and alcohol from a patient’s system in increments. Trained professionals in drug treatment facilities can ease patients through withdrawal systems using this method. Detox can help set addicts up for long-term success in sobriety.
Call Alcohol Treatment Centers Naperville at 630-596-4075 for quality medical detox.
Detox works by breaking the physical addiction a person has to drugs or alcohol. As previously mentioned, detox involves denying the body the addicted substance. The reason withdrawals occur in the detox process is that through frequent and continued substance abuse the internal chemistry of the brain has altered so that it relies on the addicted drug to signal it to perform certain actions. Without that signal, the brain is floundering, unable to perform needed actions for the rest of the body because it is waiting to be told to do so. Detox forces the brain to figure out how to operate normally without those signals from the drug.
Medical detox makes the whole process less harsh by allowing a person to detox slowly rather than abruptly. Doctors will administer medications at certain points throughout detox to help the body adjust to the loss of the addicted substance. These medications have drugs in them with properties similar to the addicted substance that give just enough of a boost to encourage the brain to do what it needs to do without the addicted substance and to adjust incrementally to being without the drug.
Abruptly detoxing, also known as going cold turkey, shocks the body and the brain making withdrawals more immediate and intense. It also increases the likelihood that a person will have to deal with severe withdrawal symptoms making abrupt detox dangerous.
Detoxing at home is almost always unsuccessful in the long- and short-run. It can also be quite dangerous. Home detox is virtually always a form of cold turkey detox. As previously noted, abrupt detox intensifies withdrawals and can make detox dangerous by eliciting medically dangerous withdrawal symptoms.
Additionally, even in a proper, gradual or slow detox process, there is always a chance that a person will experience severe withdrawals that require immediate medical attention. If this happens at home, medical care may be too far away and can result in permanent damage or even death.
When withdrawals feel intense (even if they are not medically dangerous) many people attempting to detox at home will give up on the process in the middle and resume substance abuse defeating the purpose of detox all together.
Every drug is unique in the withdrawal symptoms it causes. Some examples of withdrawals include:
Detox is an effective treatment for the physical addiction a person has to a drug or alcohol. However, addiction is not only physical but also mental. As such a person who only goes through detox is still mentally addicted to the substance and has a high likelihood of relapsing shortly after detox if they do not seek additional treatment.
As such, residential treatment in which medical detox leads directly into therapy and other treatments for the mental side of addiction is the surest way to overcome both the physical and mental addiction a person has.
We make the insurance verification process easy so you can begin the journey to recovery quickly and safe. 100% Confidential