Detoxification, also called detox, is the removal of toxic substances from the human body. This can be done physiologically or medicinally. This is the period when an individual goes through withdrawal symptoms if they are detoxing from drugs or alcohol. Drug or alcohol detoxification does not cure an addict, but it is the beginning step to recovery. The individual must go through this to remove the toxins before they are mentally ready to undergo the rehabilitation process. Until one has all of the substance of abuse out of the body, they cannot concentrate on counseling and education about their addiction.
Alcohol withdrawal is possibly the most dangerous of all the withdrawals. When an individual’s body has had alcohol in the system continually and it is suddenly stopped, they can have severe withdrawal symptoms which could be fatal. Many times medication must be used for alcohol detoxification. Once the detoxification has been completed, the alcoholic must then go through counseling and therapy to fully recover. The detox should be handled by professionals and never attempted alone. When done professionally, there is always a trained individual on hand to address any problems which may come up. Alcohol detox usually takes from three to seven days, sometimes longer.
Drug detoxification can be done with or without medication. This usually takes place in a drug rehabilitation treatment center or facility. The best treatment for drug addiction is in a residential or inpatient treatment center where the addict will stay in treatment usually for several months. Some facilities recommend methadone to treat withdrawal symptoms which come with detoxification from drugs. Methadone is highly addictive, so in reality you are just trading one addiction for another. This is never a good choice.
Just like alcoholism, the drug addict is not cured after detoxification. They must go through lengthy rehabilitation treatment to recover from the drug addiction, emotionally as well as physically. The detoxification process has to be completed before any therapy or counseling can even start. Otherwise, the client is not ready mentally or physically to be open to the additional process of recovery. As long as the chemical substance is in their body, they are going to crave more of the substance and will only think about that. This leaves no room for behavioral modification which is necessary to fully recover from an alcohol or drug addiction.
Usually when an individual tries to detox at home or without professional help, they fail. This is because the cravings become so bad that the individual ends up taking more of the substance of which they are trying to detox. It is far too easy at home to say, “Well, I’ll have that one drink” or “I’ll do that one hit.” This always turns into more than one, and the individual is right back where they started. If detoxification takes place in a detox facility, the individual will have trained medical professionals on hand to take care of any problems, physical or mental, which may arise during the detox process.
Best Choice Rehabilitation
Best Choice Rehabilitation has a nonjudgmental, compassionate staff available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to encourage and comfort our clients during this painful time of detoxification. If the client only needs someone to hold their hand or talk them through some bad moments, they have someone there to help. This makes this process much easier for the client to go through.
Some common detox symptoms are:
- Flu-like Symptoms
- Temporary Muscle Aches
- Difficulty Sleeping
More Severe Symptoms
More intense or dangerous symptoms can arise in more severe cases of long-term alcoholism or drug addiction. This is why it is always better to detox under the care of professionals with around the clock care. For more information about detoxification procedures or to find a drug or alcohol treatment center that offers detoxification, please contact one of our specialists at Best Choice Rehabilitation today.