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Detox Process

The detox process is critical to recovery. Detoxification removes drugs and other toxins from the body, which is important and must be done prior to entering rehab. The detox procedure may be intimidating to those who have attempted to quit using drugs or alcohol “cold turkey.” That’s not surprising, since quitting alcohol or drugs abruptly is unhealthy in many circumstances — and sometimes deadly.

When you quit a drug addiction cold turkey, you’re guaranteed to experience intense withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms are the most challenging and dangerous part of drug detox. Therefore, many detox facilities provide prescription meds that alleviate withdrawal symptoms.

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Recovery Symptoms

Depending on the drug and the severity of dependence, your withdrawal symptoms could include any or all of the following:   

  • Extreme fatigue 
  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Headaches 
  • Intense aches and body pains 
  • Sweating, fever, and high blood pressure 
  • Flu-like symptoms, vomiting, and nausea 
  • Skin changes, like itching and rash 
  • Hallucinations 

If you’re quitting an alcohol addiction, you’re likely to experience Delirium Tremens. This is the medical term for the intense mental and nervous system side effects of alcohol detox. DT symptoms can be potentially fatal and include restlessness, hallucinations and seizures. 

Your withdrawal symptoms will be at their most severe within 24-72 hours of quitting. Symptoms generally subside after that first intense three-day period. It can take up to 10 days before all the symptoms of withdrawal are gone. Some people will require more care during detox than others. The intensity of your detox symptoms will depend on what drugs are being used, a person’s drug history, genetics and other factors. 

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Taking the First Step 

For many people, detox is a vital first step toward addiction recovery, but it is JUST a first step. Detox should never take the place of a rehab program. The center provides recovery intervention program services once detoxification is complete. Patients receive guidance during and after detox in order to avoid a relapse after getting clean and sober.  

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 Accordingly, a study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has determined that there are three essential components to successful detox: 

  • Evaluation entails testing for the presence of substances in the bloodstream, measuring their concentration and screening for co-occurring mental and physical conditions.  
  • Stabilization includes familiarizing patients with what to expect in the treatment environment and their role in treatment and recovery. 
  • Fostering prepares the patient to enter a rehab program in order to minimize the odds of relapsing after detox.  

Types of Detox

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Types of Detox 

There are two kinds of detox, medically supervised withdrawal and social detoxification. Addiction specialists choose the type of environment most beneficial to the patient depending on: 

  • the kind of drug being used 
  • period of use 
  • age of the patient 
  • psychological state of the patient 
  • physical well-being of the client 

Medically supervised withdrawal

Medically supervised withdrawal is normally suggested for individuals who are addicted to: 

  • alcohol 
  • pain medications (prescription or pharmaceutical) 
  • barbiturates or sedatives 
  • opioids (heroin, morphine, codeine) 

There are some detox medicines that, if prescribed by a qualified medical professional, can decrease some of the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. It’s also vital for people suffering from serious alcoholism, or who are abusing alcohol in conjunction with other drugs, to participate in medically supervised withdrawal. Medically supervised withdrawal is urgently recommended for anybody who has ever experienced hallucinations or seizures, has a life-threatening illness or has been diagnosed with particular psychological illnesses. 

Social detoxification

Social detoxification is far better fitted to people whose drug abuse will only cause mild withdrawal symptoms from drugs including: 

  • marijuana 
  • cocaine 
  • methamphetamine 
  • occasional opioid use 
  • occasional alcohol use 

This type of detox normally doesn’t require medication. However, patients are still monitored by nurses and therapists who oversee the clients’ health and condition closely. The staff also helps the patients get through the cravings of withdrawal. Social detoxification requires that clients live together in a “social” environment. They aren’t segregated in institution-like rooms while they detox. This helps people to prepare for a rehabilitation program where they’ll be working toward recovery along with a group of other addicts. 

Successful Detox Strategies

The center offers detox with the knowledge that different types of substances can result in a variety of withdrawal symptoms. Depressants (for instance, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, and alcohol) normally require a gradual reduction of the drug while at the same time using medication to help with possible:

  • hallucinations
  • tremors
  • seizures
  • increased blood pressure
  • increased heart rate
  • higher body temperature
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Opioids, such as heroin, morphine, codeine, and OxyContin, can lead to withdrawal symptoms which can be minor or serious health dangers, like:

  • runny nose
  • sweating
  • nervousness
  • depression
  • rapid pulse
  • rapid breathing
  • bone sensitivity
  • muscle sensitivity
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea

Stimulants, including amphetamines, methamphetamine, cocaine and Ritalin, regularly have mild withdrawal symptoms that only require emotional support from family, friends and therapists. However, on occasion a person may develop stimulant psychosis, and may need medicine to avoid:

  • suicidal emotions
  • suicide attempts
  • paranoid delusions
  • psychosis

Addiction Recovery Centers Can Help

Rehab treatment plans  are personalized for each patient, SAMHSA recommends that detoxification services must consider diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, unique health needs and life situations. Programs offering detoxification should be equipped to tailor treatment to their all their patients. 

Detox programs in conjunction with rehab for drug or alcohol addiction is the most productive solution for anyone who wants to achieve total recovery. If you or someone you love is in need of services such as detox, call 626–602-2966 today.