Prior to entering a treatment program for addiction, most patients need to go through a detoxification (detox) process. Do not detox on your own. Detox should be monitored by a medical professional who also manages medication to lessen withdrawal symptoms, as needed. Detox ensures you have a clear, substance-free mindset for a successful treatment and recovery.

Why should I go through medical detox?

Medical detox is a safe way to detox because of the harmful side effects that occur when stopping the substance use. A medication-assisted detox helps you slowly and more comfortably eradicate toxins while under the supervision of a medical professional. A medical professional may prescribe medication to help ease the pain of withdrawals and lessen the risk for relapse. Painful withdrawal symptoms can be lessened significantly with medication-assisted detox.

How do drugs and alcohol affect my brain?

The brain changes when a person abuses drugs or alcohol. The addicted brain is controlled by the drugs or alcohol and the neurotransmitters that send messages to other parts of the body to function normally are altered. The brain release 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.

Can I detox on my own?

Detox should never be done alone. Without medical care, withdrawal symptoms can be deadly. 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. In medical detox, counselors work with clients 24/7 and monitor the client’s progress.

Why is medical detox separate from treatment?

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.

If you or a loved one is battling addiction, you are not alone. Recovery from addiction does happen. Get help today and embrace the opportunity to enjoy living substance-free.

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