Everything You Need to Know About Detoxing
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Detoxification Isn’t Easy When You Do It Alone
Detoxing can prevent unpleasant or life-threatening side effects from stopping drugs or alcohol use and can help clients finally be abstinent from drugs.
Detoxing from drugs isn’t easy.
The whole idea of withdrawal is a big deterrent from many addicts.
After all, no one wants to suffer from the discomfort of lying on the floor rolled into a fetal position at home.
Withdrawal symptoms can be very severe when they are not monitored and treated.
In fact, withdrawal can lead to life-threatening and destructive behaviors.
Detoxing from drugs is so much easier when you have help.
What is Detoxing?
Drug detoxification, or detox, is the first step in a comprehensive rehabilitation program that offers all the tools required for recovery.
Detoxing is a necessary step to break the cycle of addiction.
During the detoxification process, the body is allowed to regulate itself again when the toxins are begin expelled from the body.
The good news is that withdrawal go away.
They tend to peak, then subside.
Detoxing is a process. All too often addicts use the excuse that it is too hard, takes too long, or just won’t’ work for them.
The truth is, untreated addiction is harder and more dangerous than withdrawal.
Every year thousands of people die due to overdose.
Choosing to detox in a facility will help ensure you’ll be monitored for your withdrawal symptoms and treated accordingly.
Resurgence Behavioral Health offers multiphasic drug treatment starting with detoxification.
How Long Does the Detoxification Process Take?
The reality of how long detoxification takes can depend heavily on several variables, including age, type of drug, and duration of use. All these factors combine to determine the beginning and end of detoxing. Methods of detoxification are often reliant on insurance coverage. If that happens, those detoxing centers will move you through the stages quickly.
Don’t worry, there is no rush in the detoxification process. Resurgence Behavioral Health recognizes that detoxing for some people needs to be a slower process. We will help you find a detox program that fits your situation. Detoxing is not meant to be torture. Many have already suffered enough struggling with their addictions. That’s why we ensure that the detox process is provided at the right pace and comfortable is the goal.
The ABC’s of Detoxification
The detoxification process is simple to understand. There are several different steps that anyone can follow.
Every detoxing center will provide you with the rules. These include what you can bring, who you can see, and if you have phone access. Everything that you bring will be thoroughly checked. Knowing what you can bring can avoid hurt feelings and prevent your stuff from begin tossed. Some places even what you to begin a withdrawal before you even arrive! Other detoxing centers just want you happy, even if that means coming in under the influence. Knowing what is expected out of you helps the detoxification process go smooth.
2. Last Use
If you take multiple drugs this may be difficult to answer, but don’t worry, on-site drug testing can help. When you arrive, detoxing facilities want to help you ASAP. Getting the right dose of medication will help you get through the detoxification process without suffering much discomfort. The medications you will need are based on your last drug use. Before you enroll in your detox, remember what drugs you used last, and the way you took them. Having this info available when you are admitted is needed to provide appropriate medications.
3. Answered When Asked
Asking questions is an important way to get that information. What happens at detox, stays in detox. Don’t be afraid to answer the tough questions. Addicts often surround themselves in secrecy in an earnest effort to hide their drug use. They are great at avoiding questions and making excuses. Once you enroll in a detox program you can relax, your secrets are safe. Many questions may seem intrusive. Lying will only hurt you.
4. Drug Testing
Interviews regarding drug use and history are very helpful for your detox teams. However, some questions will remain. Everyone metabolizes drugs differently. Interviews alone are not enough. Most detoxing centers will require some type of drug testing. This may include both urine and blood. Tests for drugs can help uncover drugs missed during the initial interviews.
5. Embrace Withdrawal
The detoxification process is different for everyone. Even with all the medical intervention in detoxing, you will still experience some discomfort. Detoxing is about ensuring that your withdrawal safely in a stress-free environment. The goal of a medical detox program is to help you get past the withdrawal process safely and with the least amount of discomfort. A bit of distress does happen during the detoxification process, but medications should soothe withdrawal symptoms that come up.
6. Take the Meds
There are several medications that can help severe withdrawal symptoms. Substitute medications can chemically similar, but don’t get you high. In the beginning, replacement drug dosage may be large, but as the detoxification process continues, the dosage will taper down to nothing. Sometimes medications are needed for an extended period of time after detoxing. Medications are highly effective at reducing cravings and preventing relapses.
7. Take an Active Role
When you enroll in a detoxing program it is not just lying in a bed all day taking medications. It is about getting better! Many detoxing centers encourage clients to take an active role in their physical and mental health. Many detoxing programs offer holistic therapies to help ease the discomforts of withdrawal. Nonpharmacological techniques appeal to those who want to avoid talking more drugs while detoxing. These can include exercise programs like yoga, massage therapy, hypnosis and acupuncture.
8. If at First, you Don’t Succeed, Try Again
People drop out of detox for many different reasons. Some just can’t handle life without drugs. Others don’t like being told what to do. Many just simply resist change. The detoxification process works best when you are committed. Many times, addicts go through the detoxification process several times before they commit to rehabilitation. If you are guilty of taking advantage of detoxing, think about how your mind and body have been transformed by drugs and alcohol.
Detoxification is necessary before rehabilitation. Detoxing it is just a small part of addiction treatment. Once you can find the clarity you can then participate in conversations about your addiction. When you understand how your addiction has affected your life negatively, you can then find out what you can do about it. Choosing the right rehab center can help you get your life back on track. Rehabilitation is about helping you become a productive community member and improve your home life.
Have you lost control of your substance use?
The detoxification process is not all glitz and glam.
It can be difficult and some days seem impossible.
Having a plan and a supportive team is the best way to get better and see positive results.
At Resurgence Behavioral Health we are committed to supporting your recovery.
We will take every precaution to ensure your safety.
We accept major insurance carriers.
Our team will help you get the most out of your policy to ensure you receive the best treatment.
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