Why It’s Needed
When a person becomes chemically dependent on a substance, the body and brain change. The brain stops producing the normal number of neurochemicals that induce feelings of well-being since they are introduced artificially by the drug effect. Once the drug is ceased, the brain is left with a deficit of these neurochemicals and the result is symptoms of withdrawal. The severity of symptoms varies widely and depends on the individual, genetics, the drug or drugs used, length and amount used and other factors.
Before behavioral therapy can begin, a person must first rid his or her body of the addictive substances. This process is known as detox and may come with withdrawal symptoms. The majority of people entering treatment need to detox. The key to a successful detox is to do it surrounded by professionals who are able to give you the counsel and medicine you may need. It’s very difficult for an addict to detox all by themselves. In some cases, it can even be deadly. A qualified medical staff can ensure that the detox process will go as smoothly as possible.
Types of Detox
Medically supervised withdrawal and social detoxification are the two sorts of detox used most frequently in detox centers. 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.
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 be getting the therapy and training you need to begin a new life. Therapy is, in a basic sense, forming the new habits that will change your life.
Beyond the First Step
Detoxification, or detox, is just the first stage of recovery. Many inpatient rehabs offer some degree of medically managed detox. The process gets described correctly as difficult, but those in recovery attest that it is worth it. If you or someone you care about is struggling with alcohol or drug abuse, reach out and stop the abuse. Millions of people have been where you are and have gone on to live happy, healthy lives. Almost every person in recovery states that the life they have as a result of quitting drugs and alcohol is far better than they could have ever imagined. If you would like more information about detox and rehab facilities in the Atlanta area, call (678) 616-2926. Qualified staff can answer your questions about how you can get the treatment you need.