Don't Fear Detox
‘Detox’ is a scary word for many addicts. That may be due to some bad experiences with detox in the past. But detox doesn’t have to be something to fear. Medical detoxification (detox) is a process that rids the addict’s body of harmful substances (usually toxins) left behind due to the addiction. Detox also helps to eliminate physical dependence on alcohol or whatever substance the body has been consuming. This process will return your body to a more normal state, where it will be easier to overcome your addiction. Detox is also a chance for health care workers to analyze you and determine other treatment methods that can help you.
It’s the troubling withdrawal symptoms that give detox a bad name. Symptoms like headaches, vomiting, nausea and having trouble sleeping are often part of the detox process. The symptoms can be so uncomfortable that many addicts give up on detox before the process is done. But those symptoms can be effectively managed by people who understand them and know the best ways to minimize them. That’s why a supervised detox process is so important. With medical help by your side, you will be able to go through the detox process as smoothly as possible. You will have all the counsel and medicine you may need to make detox work for you.
Different classes of drugs often require different detox plans. Medically supervised withdrawal and social detoxification are the two sorts of detox used most frequently in detox centers. Health care specialists could choose either type, depending on the kind of drug being used, the specific conditions of the client and what kind of setting will best help the client. People who benefit most from medically supervised withdrawal include those who have been hooked on alcohol, pain medications (prescription or pharmaceutical), barbiturates or sedatives, or opioids. Medically supervised withdrawal would include detox aids that can only be prescribed by a doctor.
People whose drug use will only lead to mild withdrawal symptoms are more effectively served with social detoxification techniques. In this sort of detox, clients are monitored by nurses and therapists who supervise the clients’ well-being. The workers try to help addicts through the cravings of withdrawal without the use of medications. Social detoxification is a “social” experience; that means clients are living alongside each other as they detox. This type of detox prepares addicts for a treatment program in which they’ll be living together with and working alongside other people in recovery. Note that some people will benefit from a little bit of both kinds of detox.
From Detox to Rehab
What happens after detox depends on your particular addiction and how your body adjusts to your new life. You may need inpatient care, which will require you to live at the center for a while. In some cases, medication may be prescribed to help overcome your addiction. Or you may need outpatient care, where you will be living at home but visiting a care facility on a regular basis. Either way, you will need rehab treatment to get the therapy and training to begin a new life. Rehab therapy is, in a basic sense, forming the new habits that will change your life. Therapy includes not just physical help but psychological, or emotional help. While each person’s road to recovery may be different, the goal is the same - getting you back in control of your life. You don’t have to live with an addiction. If you live in Massachusetts, you can call (617) 996-7921 to learn more about detox and rehab facilities near you.