Detox: The First Step to Recovery

Detox is the first step in any recovery program. It is important to stress that detox is not a treatment. It is the first step in a recovery program. A program is the best way to beat addiction, it deals with the person as a whole, not just cleaning the body of poison.

Detox is short for detoxification. This is the primary step in evaluating a patient to determine their specific needs. No person is the same therefore no treatment can be the same. Choosing a program is very specific to the individual and the substance abused. It is best to get help with in this phase because it can prevent an extremely unpleasant or even fatal reaction. The body can become dependent on the substance and without go into seizures and other deadly reactions. While in detox medical personnel helps patients manage symptoms of withdrawal. Rehabilitation programs usually combine detox with therapy and classes to lead down the path of recovery.

Withdrawal While in Detox

Detox can be painful at times, depending on the substance. There are medications that while under supervision can assist with pain, however staff will be very mindful not to create another addiction. Alcoholics suffer from DT (Delirium tremors). Heroine addicts may need methadone to help regulate neurological pathways. Then the patients will be weaned off all medications. Recovery centers have medical staff 24 hours. After detoxification the focus shifts to monitoring and support in various ways one being therapy.

Mental Illness and Drug Abuse

There may be more severe underlying issues contributing to the addiction. There could be childhood traumas that need to be addressed. Possible mental disorders may need to be treated as well. Sometimes the two are so closely intertwined that determining which one was first or caused the other is close to impossible. At times, the mental disorder does not surface until drug use occurs. Confusion as to which symptoms started when can complicate diagnosis. There can also be trauma experienced because of drug use. Using drugs too early, during the brain’s developmental stage, can create a host of problems as well.

After Finishing a Full Recovery Program

Post- Acute Withdrawal System (PAWS) can last up to a year from the last time they used. People must know this going into recovery. While in the throws of PAWS addicts may suffer from headaches, mood swings, insomnia, clumsiness and depression. They may begin to feel as though they are ruined and will never be normal again. Feelings hopelessness will set in and their sobriety is down the drain. Loved ones should be patient with them and they should be patient with themselves. Patience in all aspects, during every phase and with every facet is critical to sobriety.

There are some costs that coincide with detox.  However, it is worth every penny to save a life, returning a person to their former glory. Strictly speaking about finances, it may actually be cheaper. The addict may not notice how much money they were actually spending on drugs while in its grips, some spends hundreds per day chasing a high.

How to Get Through a Drug Detox Program

Detox Program

Having a drug addiction can be a serious issue. The toll that it takes on your friends, family and yourself are things that you’ll never be able to take back. All that said, the ability to admit that you have a problem and seek treatment is something that people should be applauded for and helped through. One of the toughest parts of getting through a drug habit is the detox stage. This is when your body and mind will be pushed to the limits, as it physically and mentally tries to break through the desire that it has for drugs. Whether it’s you or someone you know, here are some tips to keep in mind to help an addict get through their detox.

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