Before a person goes to treatment for addiction, he or she needs to eliminate all toxins from their body. This process is known as detoxification (detox) and should be done under supervision from a medical professional. Never detox on your own. Medical detox is safer because of the harmful side effects and withdrawals that occur when drug and alcohol use stops. A medication-assisted detox helps you slowly and more comfortably eradicate toxins.
Medical detox is performed under the supervision of a professional who may prescribe medication to help ease the pain of withdrawals and manages the process. Withdrawals can be very painful and cause a lot of discomfort to the person who is ending his or her substance abuse. With professional supervision, there is a reduced risk of relapse or taking medication that might worsen the symptoms of withdrawals.
The brain changes when a person abuses drugs or alcohol. The neurotransmitters in the brain that send messages to other parts of the body to function normally are taken hostage. The brain releases excess levels of dopamine, which give a person the high and pleasurable feelings. Over time, the brain develops a dependence on the substance to function and produces cravings.
Detox should never be done alone. A person can experience devastating effects of withdrawal symptoms, such as hallucinations or seizures. The severity of withdrawals depends on the duration of substance abuse, the type of drug used, and length of time the individual has been using. The severity of withdrawals also depends on each individual’s physical, mental, and psychological state. In medical detox, counselors work with clients 24/7 and monitor the client’s progress. Once detox is complete, the person can start his or her treatment for addiction.
Medical detox is separate from treatment because when you are in treatment, you need a clear mind to learn about yourself, understand your addiction, and focus on healing your mind, body, and spirit. Detox is done before treatment so you can start a new life in recovery.
“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” ~ Carl Bard
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