Detox is the first step in the drug and alcohol rehab and recovery process. It can also be the most challenging if not done properly. Detox involves ridding the addicted person’s body of the drug they have an addiction to and dealing with the withdrawals that occur as a result.
Effective recovery treatment is readily available to addicts who are willing to take the first step. To get started, call Drug Treatment Centers Bloomfield at (973) 842-0725.
Detox addresses the physical addiction to a drug or alcohol. The mental aspects of addiction are addressed after a person is sober and can think with a clear, drug-free mind. A physical drug addiction (chemical dependence) develops based on the effects a drug has within the body when it is consumed. Repeated and heavy use of drugs changes the body’s internal wiring so that it only knows to perform certain actions when the drug tells it to perform them.
The detox process breaks that addiction by denying the body access to the drug. Essentially, this forces the body to figure out a new way to trigger and perform actions without a signal from the drug. When detox is gradual or incremental, this process occurs in steps with the help of prescriptions to give the body just a tiny taste of the drug effect it was used to. The gradual rewiring of the internal systems is easier for the body to handle and can even help to speed the process.
The detox process can be dangerous no matter where a person is. Withdrawal symptoms can range from being uncomfortable but relatively harmless to being a medical crisis that could potentially cost someone their life. Nobody ever knows if the symptoms they will experience fall under one category or the other, and being at home could keep a person from life-saving medical care.
Additionally, many people who try to detox at home underestimate how uncomfortable and unnerving even the medically non-dangerous symptoms of withdrawal can be. As such, they may become overwhelmed and relapse in the middle of detox.
This process of denying the body the substance and going into withdrawals and relapsing ad nauseum can actually permanently damage the systems and organs in the body. This makes detox and withdrawals increasingly more difficult and dangerous until the body eventually gives out, resulting in serious conditions like cardiac arrest or a seizure.
Doctors may administer certain medications in the medical detox process to aid in the gradual process of detoxifying the body and helping the body return to healthy, normal functioning. Some of these drugs are:
Detox only addresses the physical aspects of drug addiction. However, addiction is also mental. So, if a person goes through detox, even medical detox, and then does not follow it up with additional treatments, they are almost certain to relapse and resume drug use.
Continuing treatment immediately follows medical detoxification to help to keep a recovering addict from relapsing. Individual and group therapy as well as other treatment options will help the recovering addict to discover the causes of their addiction and the behaviors that trigger drug abuse. They can then develop alternative, learn positive behaviors, and develop coping mechanisms to avoid future relapse.