Begin Your Sobriety, Cleanse Your Body!
Most people believe the detoxification (detox) of a body includes taking shots of green juice and eating nothing but leaves for a week straight; however, when detoxing from a substance, the process is much more extreme. Every treatment program includes a detox process that may last anywhere from 5-7 days or a couple of weeks; everything depends on the severity of the addiction. One of the best detox options that substance addiction treatment facilities should offer is the medical detox.
When addicts admit themselves into a treatment facility, they will begin the process with a thorough assessment of both their mental and physical health. The mental evaluations help psychiatrists and therapists determine the addict’s state of mind, as well as if they have any brain damage from past experiences. The physical evaluations allow medical professionals determine which substance has been abused, what exactly the severity is and which detox process will help cleanse the body as fast as possible. Once all aspects of the program have been determined, addicts will begin the detox process.
What to Expect When Withdrawing
The detox process takes place in an inpatient or hospital setting; once again, depending on the severity, the location will vary. At either location, medical professionals are available 24/7 and closely monitor each and every patient’s progress. During the detox process, patients will experience symptoms of withdrawal, including:
- High blood pressure
- Increased heart rate
- Night terrors
- The insatiable craving for more of the substance
The staff at all rehab facilities are equipped to administer medicinal and nutritional support in order to ease these symptoms. Nutritional support is essential when detoxing from alcohol or hard drugs, such as heroin and meth. These substances are appetite suppressants and nullify the body’s ability to absorb nutrients. Chronic substance abusers often have severe nutritional deficiencies, including Vitamin-B, which increases hydration and aids in removing each substance from the body. Most vitamins and minerals are administered orally; however, in some severe cases, where standard methods are ineffective, they are administered intravenously.
Regardless of the substance, medical detox in a reputable treatment facility is extremely important. Attempting this process without medical supervision can cause not only mild to severe discomfort, but can also prove to be fatal in many instances. Do not attempt to detox on your own; it can cause the body to go into shock and shut down. Detoxing in a treatment facility is safe; there are medical professionals around 24/7 that offer guidance and support, as well as help with withdrawal symptoms. Here are just a few things that only treatment centers can offer during the detox process:
Medications such as Methadone, Buprenorphine, Naltrexone and Benzodiazepines may be administered to reduce uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, the pain resulting from withdrawal as well as drug or alcohol cravings and anxiety. The dispensing of these medications must occur under medical supervision to prevent misuse, as some, particularly methadone can also become addictive.
Nutrients and Fluids
It will be necessary to replace lost nutrients and fluids that can result from substance abuse as well as the detoxification process. Proper nutrition and hydration are critical in helping the body repair the damage done by drugs and alcohol.
Withdrawal may also affect the stability of an individual’s mental health. Many adverse psychological effects such as psychosis, suicidal thoughts, violent thoughts and behaviors, and delirium tremens may occur. The diagnosis of co-occurring or dual diagnosis disorders may occur during a medically managed detox as well. A detox patient who has been diagnosed with such a disorder may also receive antidepressants or antianxiety medications to treat underlying conditions and hasten the detoxification process. Facility staff has the resources to intervene and stabilize such patients in order keep them safe and secure until detox is complete.
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