Even though they may crave the high from using drugs, most addicts are more afraid of the withdrawal symptoms they might experience in rehab than they are anxious to use. For some people withdrawal can be fatal, not to mention agonizing and scary for many others. Helping clients to withdraw effectively and quickly from the substances they’ve been abusing is the major goal of every center. Detoxification is not treatment, and cannot “cure” an addict of their drug addiction. Detoxification is an efficient first step to recovery if it is followed by an in-depth treatment program.
After continued alcohol consumption and drug abuse, there are many unhealthy substances that can build up in the human body. Getting rid of those poisonous substances from the body is a part of the detox process. However, detox is primarily about coping with the withdrawal symptoms that addicts fear. Detox might involve the gradual reduction of the substance, briefly substituting different substances, or going “cold turkey” under supervision, and has to be performed as rapidly and thoroughly as possible. The most vital fact to remember about detox is that it is ineffective until followed by rehabilitation.
Types of Detox
Most centers provide two types of detox: social detoxification and medically supervised withdrawal. Social detoxification is primarily used with addicts that aren’t prolonged substance abusers. Social detoxification incorporates behavioral modeling, encouragement from family and friends, and semi-supervised settings as strategies of social detoxification that help the addict manage their withdrawal. Medically supervised withdrawal is used mostly with people who were profound substance abusers because they require the round-the-clock medical supervision present in inpatient environments. This model of detox is typically assisted by pharmaceutical medications that help mitigate the discomfort of withdrawal.
Families of drugs share similar traits such as similar withdrawal symptoms. Different detox plans are suggested for different families of substances. Withdrawal symptoms of depressants, which include barbiturates, benzodiazepines, alcohol, and others, vary from minor (anxiety, sweating) to major symptoms (tremors, hallucinations, and seizures). The withdrawal symptoms of stimulants, such as amphetamines, methamphetamine, cocaine, Ritalin, and various others, are often tolerable with emotional and motivational reinforcement from loved ones, family, and counselors. In a few rare situations, people can experience depression and a condition known as stimulant psychosis, so it isn’t unusual for doctors to also prescribe medicine to avoid the suicidal thoughts, paranoia, and suicide attempts connected to withdrawal from stimulants. Withdrawal symptoms of opioids, including heroine, morphine, codeine, OxyContin, and various others, vary from mild (runny nose, sweating, diarrhea) to severe (rapid pulse and breathing, depression, bone and muscle pain, and cravings). Occasionally psychiatrists prescribe synthetic opiates to help in detox, but those should be used only temporarily since they’re also addictive.
Taking the First Step
People who are frightened of the discomfort and pain associated with withdrawal generally feel more positive about stopping with the assistance of detox. By properly evaluating the substances and amount of substances used, withdrawal symptoms may be easier to predict and minimalize. Every center can help people move towards a real recovery, without dreading withdrawal. Most of these facilities can help people by teaching them about drug and alcohol addiction, discovering the roots of substance abuse, and offering coping strategies and mechanisms to avoid relapse and cravings. For details concerning substance dependency, treatment and rehab, or for locations of detox or treatment programs, contact the support team of a rehab. Start the recovery process today, give us a call (970) 296-5515!