Licensed Drug Detox

Drug Detox

Addiction to drugs can turn your life upside down. The days of just indulging a little without any serious issues may be long gone. Now you’re addicted, and no matter what you do, you just cannot stop. If you are in this spot, good news is that you can get free from drug addiction, and detoxification is the first step.

Drug detox is a supervised program that helps those addicted to drugs get through the sometimes daunting acute withdrawal symptoms. Detox alone is not the end all of the recovery, but it is a necessary and helpful beginning, as detoxification allows the body to eliminate the harmful toxins that have become lodged in the body through consuming alcohol or drugs. Once your body is free from such toxins, you’re more apt to experience fewer cravings and get free from the addiction.

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The detoxification process

Drug detox is usually the first step toward recovery from drug addiction. Many addicts want to stop using drugs, but the reality is that many of them are afraid to go through the withdrawal or detox process. Why? Because the symptoms can be harsh. As the body goes through withdrawal, wanting more of the chemicals, a person can experience a variety of painful withdrawal symptoms. Also, the addict may fear the actual giving up of the drug of his or her choice because he or she likes the way it initially makes him or her feel.

Why is it necessary to detox off of drugs with supervision?

It is quite helpful because withdrawal symptoms can become quite severe. Having a team to monitor you or your loved one around the clock and administer medication if needed ensures your safety. You’ll be able to rest and know that you’re being taken care of instead of living in a state of anxiety wondering if you’ll be able to do it.

Am I going to be in pain?

Some withdrawal symptoms may be uncomfortable, but with a detox, you’ll be able to receive various medications that can help ease or alleviate the pain. From over-the-counter meds like Tylenol to prescription medications like anti-anxiety or anti-convulsive meds, you’ll be able to let the medical professionals assist you with what is necessary and helpful to help you feel comfortable.

How do you help me with withdrawals?

As you go through drug withdrawals, you will benefit from having mental, emotional, and physical assistance. Our team of medical professionals includes nurses, doctors, and substance abuse professionals. In addition to necessary medications, you’ll also be able to talk to a substance abuse counselor so you can discuss things like addiction, emotional issues, and begin formulating a treatment plan for after you finish detoxing.

What withdrawal symptoms will I experience?

Each person may experience different drug withdrawal symptoms depending on the type of drug, how often used, and how long used. Some of the common symptoms include:

  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Headaches, body aches
  • Sleep difficulty
  • Sweating
  • Shaking
  • Confusion
  • Hand tremors
  • Muscle aches
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Stomach cramps
  • Depression

More intense and dangerous withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Seizures
  • Heart attack
  • Hallucinations
  • Delirium tremens (DTs), usually associated with alcohol

Detox Staffed by Doctors and Nurses

It is certainly a benefit to attend a detox center with a medical staff, as the professionals there can help treat any undesirable withdrawal symptoms. It is much safer and more tolerable to attend such a detox center than to try to detox at home. The medications that you or your loved one may be given will be tailored to the type of drug that was used and the amount used.

Help is available

You can recover from drug addiction. A detox is a great start on the recovery journey, followed by a rehab treatment program, 12 Step groups, alumni programs, etc. Detox is the first step to freedom. If you or your loved one is ready to get life back on track and begin experiencing more peace and joy, contact us today. Our admissions team will assist you with finding the best treatment option for you or your loved one.