The First Step: Detox

Detoxification cleanses the body and mind of harmful substances. This beginning stage serves as the start of recovery from a substance addiction. Detox cleanses the body of all toxic chemicals produced by drugs and alcohol. During this process you will inevitably experience withdrawal symptoms. The symptoms will depend on your history of substance use. The aspects of evaluation will include: the substance(s) used, duration and amount used. It will also take into account co-occurring disorders.

Assistance from medical professionals during your experience of withdrawal symptoms will greatly contribute in making the detox process tolerable. Experiencing withdrawal symptoms is often unpleasant. However, with persistent attention of our medical staff you will feel an overall sense of comfort. Our medical staff help to provide you with stability and structure physically, emotionally and psychologically.

Alcohol Withdrawals

The effects of detoxification depends on each person’s background. The withdrawals following the stop of alcohol use in highly severe cases is often up to two hours after the last drink. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms are often marked into three stages of severity. The first stage is mild symptoms. the second stage is more moderate symptoms, Finally, the third stage is more severe symptoms, that commonly result in delirium tremens.

Stage 1:

  • Depression; Anxiety
  • Insomnia; Fatigue
  • Unclear thinking; Mood changes
  • Abdominal pain; Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Tremors; Heart palpitations

Stage 2:

  • Increased body temperature
  • High blood pressure
  • Excessive sweating
  • Heart irregularities
  • Confusion
  • Heightened irritability

Stage 3:

  • Seizures
  • Fever
  • Agitation; Aggression
  • Severe confusion
  • Hallucinations

Drug Withdrawals

Although the majority of drug withdrawals are not commonly known to cause fatality such as alcohol or benzodiazepine use. Withdrawal symptoms are not a one size fits all and medical assistance is highly recommended. More typical withdrawals symptoms affect the physical and psychological wellness.

Physical symptoms:

  • Seizure; Stroke
  • Fever; Headaches
  • Extreme Fatigue; Muscle tension
  • Shaking; Rapid heart rate
  • Nausea; Diarrhea
  • Unusual breathing patterns

Psychological symptoms:

  • Insomnia
  • Severe depression
  • Panic; Anxiety
  • Hallucinations
  • Decreased concentration
  • Confusion
  • Extreme irritability; Mood changes

Withdrawal symptoms severity will vary, due to an individual’s overall health and wellness condition. Above all the detox process of alcohol, benzodiapines and opiates will require definite medical assistance. These substances require medical attention due to severe symptoms of withdrawal which have the potential for fatal consequences.

Managing Symptoms

Medical detoxification makes the process obtainable and much more tolerable. Having medical professionals to assist you and take observation of any symptom changes. Additionally, when experiencing psychological, physiological, and emotional distress from the process, medical professionals can provide an overall sense of comfort and security. Managing symptoms of withdrawal are also treated with approved medications that are most effective to the symptoms you are enduring. If you desire to have medication management, this may only be done when under medical assistance and supervision. Medication management relieves unpleasant distress in the psychological, physical and emotional aspect. It is also known to contribute to relapse prevention, seeing as detoxification alone is not treatment for addiction.

An Overview

Professional medical staff are highly trained and experienced in assisting those going through the detoxification process. This supportive services gives individuals the confidence, safety and comfort to successfully obtain detox completion.

The detoxification process consists of the following components:

  • Initial evaluation
  • Stabilization
  • Preparation and readiness for further treatment

A detox process without each one of these components is not considered complete. Treatment meets each person need on an individualized basis. The evaluation takes place initially to assist the medical professionals in tailoring a plan on the substance(s) in the system, this often includes extensive aspects an individual’s using history.

The use of multiple substances in addiction is quite common. It is a known occurrence for individuals to mix various drugs, as well as, alcohol with drugs. Evaluating details of use will enable our medical professionals to provide strategies of detox specific to an individual’s needs, with an end result of effective treatment services.

Detoxification provides support for your initial period of rest while preparing you with the necessary wellness needed to further your treatment. The stage of detox alone is not considered effective treatment for addiction; detox is simply a process the body must go through in order to be receptive to effective therapeutic treatment.

Those who do not receive treatment services post detoxification are at a high risk of relapse of alcohol or drug abuse. Treatment is necessary to combat the negative consequences of alcohol and drug addiction; without it the outcome of addiction will continue to progress rapidly. Begin your new life beginning with detoxification, assisted by trained and licensed professionals. For more information concerning detox services call (707) 562-2008.