When it comes to treating addiction, detox is the first step. Once clients withdraw from their substance of choice, they may experience a number of detox symptoms. A top-notch rehab program can help break the cycle of addiction. Detox and rehab centers offer unique support for drug and alcohol detox.
What Happens During Detox?
Drug and alcohol detox involves removing the presence of drugs from the body. Depending on the severity of detox symptoms, medical staff members may give medication to help ease withdrawal symptoms. Nurses and medical staff members help guide the process. With the right care in a medical detox program, clients will safely detox from drugs and alcohol. At Sante Center for Healing, we offer several detox programs such as:
What Are the Drug Detox Symptoms?
Withdrawal symptoms can vary based on the severity of the addiction and the type of addiction. Individuals may have physical or psychological symptoms. The length of the addiction and the individual’s physiological makeup can affect detox symptoms. However, for most individuals, physical withdrawal symptoms are the most challenging. Because these symptoms can be intense, when individuals attempt to self-detox or go ‘cold turkey,’ they fail and relapse. Some of the most common symptoms may include:
- Chills or sweats
- Depression and irritability
- Aching muscles or joints
- Mood swings and anxiety
While some people may not experience intense withdrawal symptoms, it is unlikely that this will be the case for most. Thus, it’s vital to have professional, medically-supervised detox. Not only will this reduce the risk fo relapse, but also it’ll reduce the risk of overdose. When an individual detoxes for any amount of time, their body’s relationship to the drug alters. While still dependent, brain chemistry does alter meaning it needs less of the drug than it did before. However, there is no way for an individual to feel or know this. Thus, when they relapse to alleviate the pain or discomfort they are feeling from their withdrawal symptoms, they take a dosage they’re used to. Unfortunately, this dosage is no longer the amount the body requires. The shock from the drug to the system can lead to severe consequences requiring hospitalization.
What Causes Withdrawal Detox Symptoms?
When someone has an addiction, their body uses drugs to feel normal. It learns to need these drugs to feel normal. Over time, the body stops producing endorphins on its own. When someone starts to detox, the body no longer remembers how to make endorphins.
Because of this, the individual experiences withdrawal symptoms. The body has to readjust to life without drugs or alcohol. Depending on the drug used and the severity of the addiction, detox varies. These symptoms may last for several days or even weeks.
Getting Detox Treatment
Once someone realizes they have an addiction, all they have to do is get help. The right detox program can help with withdrawal symptoms and long-term recovery. Since many clients also have co-occurring illnesses, the best help is available in dual-diagnosis programs.
Depending on the rehab center, clients can get help through programs such as:
- Individualized therapy
- Intensive outpatient programs
- Nutritional support and therapy
- Trauma and group therapy
- Family support
- Transitional living
In the right program, clients also get help with long-term planning. They work to figure out what life will look like after rehab. These professional programs offer therapies like yoga, ropes courses, and art therapy. Each client is unique, so individualized treatment is important.
With the right treatment, you’ll go on to have healthy, happy lives. Addiction does not have to control your life. With our help, you can overcome your addiction. So, to find out how Santé Center for Healing can help with your addiction recovery, call 866.238.3154 today.