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Detox: Life-Changing and Life-Saving

The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that the abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs results in over $600 billion each year in costs associated with healthcare, crime, and lost work productivity. Those staggering figures illustrate that anyone can find themselves in a position where they need outside expertise and assistance in overcoming their addiction and regaining control of their lives. Addiction is a recognized illness that can strike anyone. Business professionals, housewives, students, and celebrities are all equally affected.

Common Addictive Substances

A partial list of common addictive substances includes:

- Alcohol
– Opiates
– Heroin
– Marijuana
– Methamphetamine
– Synthetic drugs

Approximately 33 percent of patients admitted to detox sought help fighting opiate addiction. Opiate addiction has often been associated with prescription drug abuse. Even if taken as directed, these substances are highly addictive because they alter the natural chemistry of the brain by halting the natural production of endorphins.

Endorphins produce a feeling of well-being. Without them, people do not feel normal. When a nerve impulse reaches the spinal cord, for example, endorphins that prevent nerve cells from releasing more pain signals are released. If a person’s endorphins are depleted, they can actually feel more pain.

When an individual stops taking opiates, they feel horrible because their endorphins have been depleted. It is a real problem and in order to feel normal again, individuals will sometimes resort to doing things they never thought they would.

Recognizing the Problem

Recognizing that there is a problem and asking for help with detox is a life-changing and live-saving decision. Best Drug Rehabilitation offers caring and compassionate care for anyone seeking help with detoxification and rehabilitation. Once entering our facility, the client goes through the detoxification process in order to prepare for the treatment programs that follow.

The detox process removes toxins from the body and is the first step undertaken to conquer substance abuse. Since the body is ridding itself of toxins, varying degrees of discomfort can be experienced, and these symptoms are addressed during the detox process. Detox begins within hours after the last drink or drug is taken.

Physical withdrawal symptoms begin gradually and increase over the course of a few days, depending upon the substance a person is addicted to. Although the symptoms lessen over time, some withdrawal symptoms, such as insomnia, can linger for months. Make no mistake — it is an uncomfortable experience that requires proper supervision, expertise, and care.

Withdrawal symptoms can include:

- tremors
– muscle cramps
– seizures
– hallucinations
– insomnia
– cold-like symptoms
– paranoia
– delirium tremens (DTs)
– depression
– extreme fatigue
– confusion
– anxiety

At Best Drug Rehabilitation, we have a trained licensed staff on hand 24 hours a day, seven days a week to handle any issues that may arise during the detox process. Detoxification for alcohol can be physically dangerous, as well as emotionally. At our facility, any physical issues can by handled by a medical professional.

A successful detox process not only rids the body of toxins, it also addresses underlying and unresolved issues and is, therefore, not an overnight process. The two types of detox are outpatient treatment and inpatient treatment.

Outpatient Treatment

People that opt for outpatient treatment to assist them in conquering their addiction most often take this route because they do not want their family, friends, and/or their employer to know they have a problem. It would be difficult to explain why they need to go away for a period of time.

They are hopeful that they can overcome their addiction on an outpatient basis by attending support groups and meetings. This approach has a low success rate because the individual is still in their same environment and does not receive around-the-clock support and personalized care. While outpatient care is certainly better than no care, it is generally not suitable for individuals that want to overcome substance addiction.

Outpatient treatment can play an important role after a person goes though detox and can be a very effective continuing part of an addict’s long term support network to receive help after spending time in an inpatient facility. In that context, it is extremely beneficial to one’s journey for maintaining a permanently substance-free lifestyle.

Inpatient Treatment

When a person makes the decision to detox on an inpatient basis, they receive comprehensive support of mind and body. It’s not enough to just “get clean.” The goal is to stay clean and not relapse. In an inpatient setting, that goal is realistically more attainable since trained professionals can address every aspect of a person’s total well-being to help pinpoint exactly what caused the addiction and what can counter it. Some causes include:

- family issues
– poor self control
– past trauma
– pain
– stress
– the need to stay awake

Participating in a comprehensive inpatient program addresses the whole mind-body-spirit concept, provides customized and individualized support, and provides the tools needed for preventing relapses by helping patients learn a new, clean, and healthier way of living that can be achieved and maintained with commitment and support from trained professionals.

Regardless of whether you need to detox from alcohol or drugs, an inpatient treatment program, such as the one at Best Drug Rehabilitation, provides individualized comprehensive support throughout the entire detox process. Once you have made the commitment to get clean, inpatient detox can help by providing the framework needed to successfully maintain a substance-free lifestyle.

To learn more about our detoxification program and the many different treatment programs we offer, contact one of our professional counselors today.