What is Detoxification?
Most addictive substances produce a physical dependence over time. The body is re-regulated so that abrupt stoppage results in a host of unpleasant symptoms, and in the case of alcohol and sedatives, potentially life-threatening alterations in neurological and cardiovascular functioning. Detoxification should be medically supervised.
Detoxification is a Medical Process
Detoxification is the medical process of safely and comfortably withdrawing from a substance. It is one of the first and most essential parts of a patient’s Recovery. Abruptly ending the use of drugs or alcohol has an impact both physically and behaviorally.
By engaging in detoxification treatment, you are helping yourself or a loved one safely withdraw from drugs or alcohol. During this first phase of care, patients can expect to receive individualized treatment and attention while they’re gradually and safely eased off the addictive substance. After medically supervised detoxification, our accredited and highly trained staff ensures a comfortable and safe environment during this physical and emotional phase at the beginning of the Recovery process.
Why is Detoxification Needed?
The withdrawal process at a Detoxification Center allows the body to re-adjust to the absence of drugs or alcohol and the physical body functions that have changed by constant use. This ensures that physically, you or your loved one is ready to enter Rehabilitation in a healthy and motivated condition. The withdrawal process should never be undertaken alone, because detoxification from substances can be deadly without proper intervention and supervision. Your body has grown used to the substances you have been taking, and quitting abruptly can have unexpected impacts on your:
- Blood pressure
- Heart rate
- Body temperature
- Brain and Nervous System Function
- Gastrointestinal Function
Attempting to detox at home can have severe consequences. Along with the potentially deadly effects of detoxification, other symptoms can occur:
- Tremors and Shakes
- Aches and Pains
- Nausea and Vomiting
Any or even none of these symptoms may occur during detoxification. It is impossible to know ahead of time how your body will react during withdrawal. A drug or alcohol detoxification center is the best option for you or your loved one to begin fighting Substance Use Disorders.
How Long Does Detoxification Take?
Detox can last as long as a few days or even a few weeks. It depends on various factors including:
- What substances you have been taking
- How long you have been taking these substances
- How regularly you were taking these substances
The detoxification process is not complete until we can be sure that your body is completely back to its normal functioning condition.
What Happens After Detoxification?
Detoxification alone is never enough. While detoxification treatment will help restore your physical presence, it does not account for your emotional or behavioral well-being. Once your body is free from the chemical bonds of addiction and alcoholism, the underlying causes still remain.
Entering into a Rehabilitation program is the only way to fully recover from the grips of drugs or alcohol.
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