It’s easy to get in the “Just one more time” phase when you’re thinking about quitting drugs or alcohol. It’s easy to psych yourself up in the moment and make the promise to yourself. Keeping that promise is a different story. Your brain thinks it needs these substances to function normally. You can’t just shake that hardwired desire away—not without medical help.
Detoxification is meant to ensure that addicts can rid their system of the substances harming them. It doesn’t solve the psychological cravings—that’s what treatment is for—but it marks the first step of the addiction treatment process.
For more serious addictions, inpatient detox is usually necessary. With outpatient, you run a greater risk of requiring repeated sessions. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence warns that making the wrong choice can be wasteful and ultimately cost even more. The inpatient programs may last as little as three days—12 at most—depending on their physical state and condition.
When an individual abruptly quits or cuts down on their intake of a substance, they are likely to experience withdrawals such as insomnia, nausea, or body aches. These withdrawals can take hours or days to begin, depending on the substance and usual dose. For some drugs, the withdrawals can be intensely dangerous. Alcohol and tranquilizer withdrawal can cause seizures, tremors, heart failure and in some cases, death. Others, while non-life threatening, can be just as debilitating: opiate withdrawal, for example, causes an array of severe flu-like symptoms and intense cravings.
All detox programs have the same specific goal: to safely relieve the symptoms of withdrawal. Inpatient is preferable. Firstly, these clinics can monitor patients 24 hours per day. Not only is the clinic built for relaxation and focus on healing—no stress, no work responsibilities, no family tensions, and no children—but there are doctors everywhere, ready to treat your withdrawal symptoms whenever they may occur.
Detox Is Not a Cure
It’s important to remember that detox doesn’t remove the addiction from your life. The factors that drove your addiction to form are still present, why is why rehab is still. Those who continue onto this next step of treatment are ten times more likely to remain drug-free than addicts who do not.
Cypress Lakes Lodge offers a facilitated medical detox in our comfortable residential setting. Followed by our residential inpatient program, clients find restoration in mind, body, and spirit, bringing confidence and balance back into their lives. Call us today: 877-938-1577