Recovery Treatment Substance Abuse helps people who are ready to take the first step toward recovery from substance abuse, with secure, supervised medical facilities and customized detox procedures. The goal of the detoxification process (often referred to as detox) is to cleanse drugs and pollutants from the body, which is a vital part of the entire rehabilitation treatment. However, it should be noted that Detox by itself does not substitute for rehab.
The detox process might be frightening for anyone who has attempted to quit using drugs or alcohol “cold turkey,” or for people that have been abusing drugs for many years, but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, quitting abruptly and on your own is unhealthy in a many circumstances. However, Recovery Treatment Substance Abuse utilizes secure and certified methods that treat each client as individuals with unique detox requirements.
Kinds of Detox
Medically supervised withdrawal and social detoxification are the most commonly used methods in detox facilities. Addiction specialists will determine which method is appropriate for clients depending on:
- The kind of substance being used
- Period of addiction
- Age of the patient
- Mental state of the patient
- Physical well-being of the client
- What kind of setting the specialists think will likely be most useful to the patient
Those who should undergo medically supervised withdrawal include people who are addicted to:
- Pain medications (prescription or pharmaceutical)
- Barbiturates or sedatives
- Opioids (heroin, OxyContin7, codeine)
Most addictive psychoactive substances have unpleasant, painful withdrawal symptoms, which can be alleviated by specific detox medications that may only be prescribed by a physician. People suffering from severe alcoholism, or who have been abusing alcohol along with other drugs, should participate in medically supervised withdrawal. Medically supervised withdrawal facilities utilize medicines to avoid health complications because of withdrawal, like hallucinations, seizures, or other physical and psychological problems people experience when attempting to stop “cold turkey.” Additionally, anyone who has ever experienced hallucinations or seizures, has a life-threatening illness, or has been diagnosed with particular mental illnesses will likely require medically supervised withdrawal so as to safely stop themselves from drugs and alcohol use.
Social detoxification recommended for people whose drug abuse will only lead to mild withdrawal symptoms, for substances such as:
- Infrequent opioid use
- Occasional alcohol use
The social detoxification technique provides support to clients during their cravings and withdrawal without medicine. The procedure is still monitored by medical staff and counselors who manage the clients’ health and well-being. Social detoxification specifies that patients live alongside each other in a “social” setting, and aren’t separated in hospital-like rooms as they detox. This type of detox prepares people for a treatment centers rehab program wherein they will be living alongside and working with other addicts in recovery.
Recovery Treatment Substance Abuse’s Strategies
Recovery Treatment Substance Abuse is aware that different types of substances result in a wide range of withdrawal symptoms, making it important to participate in a detox program that takes these differences into account. Depressants, like barbiturates, benzodiazepines, and alcohol, may result in:
- Increased blood pressure
- Higher heart rate
- Higher internal temperature
Stimulants (such as amphetamines, methamphetamine, cocaine, and Ritalin) seldom require more than emotional support from family, loved ones, and counselors. Sometimes, psychiatrists suggest medication to avoid stimulant psychosis, which can result in:
- Suicidal thoughts
- Suicide attempts
- Paranoid delusions
Opiates, like heroin, morphine, codeine, and OxyContin, can result in withdrawal symptoms which can be minor or severe health dangers, including:
- Runny nose
- Rapid pulse
- Rapid breathing
- Bone sensitivity
- Muscle pain
Take the First Step
Although it’s a necessary first step, detox is ONLY a first step, and never supposed to replace the rehabilitation, or rehab, process. Unlike many other facilities, Recovery Treatment Substance Abuse provides reinforcement during and after the detox process because they are aware of how easy it is to relapse after becoming sober. Detox in combination with rehab for substance abuse makes very comprehensive approach to overcoming addiction. Recovery is attainable, especially when detox is immediately followed by a treatment program, such as Drug Treatment Services. Recovery Treatment Substance Abuse’s knowledgeable recovery specialists are available 24/7 to address concerns about detox, rehab, and treatment, or detox and rehabilitation centers, so call (912)662-0956 now!