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Drug and alcohol detox is the first step in the journey for many patients. Because addiction to many drugs comes with a physical tolerance, patients often experience withdrawal symptoms when they attempt to stop using that substance. Detoxification under the care of substance treatment and medical professionals allows them to manage the resulting withdrawal symptoms swiftly and safely, minimizing the risk of relapse, before moving forward to the next step in treatment: a personalized addiction treatment plan characterized by traditional, alternative, and holistic therapy options.
Detoxification, or detox, refers to the initial phase of treatment for drug and alcohol addiction that offers patients medical care as needed as well as therapeutic support as they navigate the withdrawal symptoms that often come after the cessation of use of addictive substances.
A bare-bones, short-term detox may provide only the basics – emergency medical care and a place to stay during the most significant withdrawal symptoms – but a high-end drug detox program will offer a range of services and amenities in order to ensure that the needs of each patient are met. Depending upon whether or not the patient struggles with co-occurring mental health disorders, underlying medical issues, and past attempts at detox, services may include:
Cessation of use of all drugs of dependence will require some medical and psychotherapeutic attention during the first few weeks of recovery. Detox from every drug is typically defined by a set of withdrawal symptoms that will vary depending upon the mechanism of that drug as well as the other factors listed above. These withdrawal symptoms may be psychological in nature or they may be physical in nature – and in most cases, patients will experience some degree of both. Detox is always recommended as the starting point in recovery no matter what the drug of choice.
Some patients would prefer to detox at home. Withdrawal symptoms are uncomfortable, and it is preferable to many to have the comfort of familiarity as they attempt to navigate the process of detox. Many patients have informally attempted detox at home multiple times before they consider professional treatment.
Unfortunately, opting for a self-detox at home is not only ineffective; it can be dangerous and even deadly as well. It is never recommended that patients attempt to stop using all substances of abuse without medical care.
Some of the risks that are higher with choosing to detox at home as opposed to detoxing at a professional drug and alcohol rehabilitation center include:
In addition to helping patients to defend against the risks of at-home detox, there are a number of benefits that are provided to those who begin their treatment journey with professional care. Some of these benefits include:
Though each patient’s experience will be unique during detox and addiction treatment, there is a general process that most people will undertake if they choose an acute professional detox program. These include:
Drug and alcohol addiction is taxing both physically and psychologically. Detox is the first step in a much-needed recovery process that will empower the patient to leave drug and alcohol abuse in the past and begin to build a new life defined by balance and strength.
Learn more about the options available to you and your loved one in drug rehabilitation when you contact The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake. We are here to assist you and help you and your family take the first steps toward a new life.
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