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Do I Need Medical Detox
Your need for Medical Detox will depend on many things uncovered in your clinical evaluation. For instance: substance of abuse, usage interval, and daily dosage are large factors.
Home detoxification is a bad idea for long-term and high-volume users. In fact, detoxing on your own can make you miserable, hurt you, and even kill you in extreme cases. It’s also a recipe for relapse.
Addiction to Sobriety recommends Medical Detoxification facilities nationwide that are part of a carefully selected group of programs that follow the clinical best practices that our treatment professionals have identified. That allows our partner facilities to offer you 24-hour medical supervision during your detox. The facilities we recommend employ experienced treatment staff. That means the facilities we recommend provide you with a safe and comfortable detox.
Understanding Medical Detox
For many people, the path to recovery and sobriety begins with detox. While some individuals find they can detox at home, this can be dangerous. For those with more severe and long-term addictions, a medical detox can be a safe choice. In this type of detox, the person is carefully supervised around-the-clock by trained treatment staff. Medication is used to ease the worst withdrawal symptoms.
Supervised detox isn’t just about granting yourself the 'luxury' of less pain; it is about staying committed to your program of recovery. When temptations inevitably arise, being in a supervised facility with other addicts undergoing the same process can help remind you why you’re going to all this effort in the first place and combat the tendency toward isolation. David Sack, M.D. on PsychCentral
What is Alcohol Withdrawal
When you consume alcohol, it acts as a sedative. Over time, your brain adjusts to this effect. In response, it begins producing more and more of an adrenaline-like chemical called norepinephrine. This chemical reaction is why most alcoholics find they need to drink increasing amounts of alcohol. Once the person stops drinking, the brain takes some time to adjust. The continued high production of norepinephrine is what causes withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms range from mild to severe and may include:
- Racing heartbeat
- Muscle tremors
In extreme cases, individuals may experience a severe condition known as delirium tremens, (DTs). DTs occur in about five percent of patients when the brain becomes unable to adjust to the lack of alcohol. This condition can cause hallucinations, confusion, and even stroke or heart attack. It is vital for anyone who has had an intense or long-term alcohol addiction to undergo medical detox.
What is Drug Withdrawal
Drugs alter your perception of reality. In some cases, they act as a depressant, in the same way as alcohol. In other cases, drugs may act as a stimulant, causing all of your body’s functions to speed up, keeping your base greater than normal. As with alcohol, your brain and body adjust to these changes over time. Once the drugs are removed, your body will take time to adjust to the absence. Withdrawal symptoms can include, but aren’t limited to:
- Anxiety or nervousness
- Increased pain sensitivity
- Insomnia or restlessness
- Increased sleepiness
- Muscle weakness
- Body aches
- Increased appetite or lack of appetite
- Hot flashes and increased sweating
- Strong cravings for the absent substance
A More Comfortable Transition
Here at Addiction to Sobriety, we understand that an easier withdrawal period could mean a faster recovery. Our representatives can provide information to help you find a medical detox center that fits your clinical needs. Some of the services that you can expect to receive while in detox include, but are not limited to:
- 24-hour staff supervision to ensure your safety
- Proper nutritional care to help reduce nausea-related weight-loss and health issues
- Medication to ease the worst withdrawal symptoms and ensure a safe and effective transition
- Evaluation and treatment of any pre-existing conditions that may make detox more difficult
Take the first step today towards a better life. You do not have to go through withdrawals alone. Call now and speak with one of our representatives who will walk you through the intake process. They are ready and waiting to take your call.
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