Why It’s Needed
If you have been an addict for a long time, it’s likely that you will have to go through medical detoxification (or detox) at some point. For most addicts, detox is the beginning of their new life. Detox is a process that rids the body of harmful substances (usually toxins) left behind due to the addiction. Detox helps eliminate the body’s physical dependence on alcohol or whatever substance the body has been consuming. This will return your body to a more normal state, where it will be easier to overcome your addiction.
Unfortunately, many addicts fear detox because of the withdrawal symptoms. They can include vomiting, headaches, nausea and having trouble sleeping. The symptoms are uncomfortable, but they are normal during the detox process. They are actually a good sign, since they demonstrate that the body is trying to get back to normal. Going through the withdrawal symptoms is much easier when your detox procedure is supervised. Then you know you’ll have help available when you need it.
Different Styles of Detox
Medically supervised withdrawal and social detoxification are the two sorts of detox used most frequently in detox centers. Health care specialists could choose either type, depending on the kind of drug being used, the specific conditions of the client and what kind of setting will best help the client. People who benefit most from medically supervised withdrawal include those who have been hooked on alcohol, pain medications 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. This type of detox prepares addicts for a treatment program in which they’ll be living together with and working alongside other people in recovery.
Note that some people will benefit from a little bit of both kinds of detox. A medically supervised detox may also include some social treatment later. A social detox may also include the use of medicines if they are necessary. Also note that both types of detox plans require supervision, an element lacking for most who try to break the habit by themselves. If you’ve tried to detox by yourself and failed, it’s probably because you didn’t have the professional supervision necessary to oversee the process. There wasn’t someone there to teach you the skills or give you the medicine you needed to get through the process correctly. The good news is that it’s very possible to get that kind of help and get your life back on track.
Detox by itself will not cure your addiction. It is only a first step toward getting you the therapy that you need. Once your body is ready, you can begin therapy at a qualified rehab center. Rehab centers offer addicts the best chance of recovery, for they are specially prepared for the challenges addicts can face. While each person’s road to recovery may be different, the goal is the same - getting you back in control of your life. You don’t have to live with an addiction. You can find a new life for yourself where you are able to make choices that will help you instead of hurting you. But it all begins with seeking help. Please take the first steps and call someone who can help you. If you live in Illinois, call 916-249-2665 to speak with someone about detox and rehab treatments.
Outpatient treatment refers to a patient receiving care outside of a direct rehab facility. It usually involves living with a support group of fellow recovering addicts. Some rehab facilities will be able to place you directly into an outpatient program if necessary.
Inpatient treatment refers to a patient receiving care inside a rehab facility. The patient usually resides in the facility during the treatment. The patient is monitored by several health care professionals. These workers provide the therapy, medicine and guidance to help the patient return to sobriety.
Partial Hospitalization and/or Residential
Depending on the patient’s needs, some therapy may take place in a hospital facility or a private residence. The hospital can provide medicines and medical personnel to attend to the patient. The private residence is usually that of a family member or close friend.