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Drug and Alcohol Detox

Drug and Alcohol Detox

Drug and Alcohol Detox

When someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol, a desire to quit often begins with the detoxification process. Drug and alcohol detox is not a cure for addiction, but rather a first step necessary in the rehabilitation process. Drug and alcohol detox affects people differently, but there are many common factors experienced by most people who are coming off of drug or alcohol use.

The Detox Process

As the first step of drug or alcohol rehabilitation or prior to entering treatment in some facilities, a person who is addicted to drugs or alcohol needs to stop using harmful substances and allow these substances to be eliminated from the body. This is referred to as the detoxification process, which is often accompanied by withdrawal symptoms as the substance of abuse leaves the body. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), detoxification is a set of interventions used to help those who are addicted to alcohol or drugs. Supervised detoxification is an important aspect in order to minimize harm to the recovering individual while helping to reduce the potential risk of life-threatening complications. It is important to remember that once detox is complete, those who wish to remain drug or alcohol free should enter an inpatient facility that provides rehabilitation and treatment for addiction, such as Best Drug Rehabilitation.

Detoxification Statistics

The following statistics are provided from information obtained through the Drug and Alcohol Services Information System, DASIS Report :

  • Of those who entered substance abuse treatment in a given year, 25 percent were for detoxification
  • 50 percent of detox admissions were for alcohol
  • 33 percent of detox admissions were for opiates
  •  Of those admitted for detoxification, 26 percent had more than 5 previous admissions


Withdrawal and the Detoxification Process

As the body undergoes the detoxification process to rid itself of harmful substances such as drugs or alcohol, a variety of withdrawal symptoms may be experienced and vary depending on the drug or drugs that had been abused. Withdrawal symptoms occur as the body feels it needs the substance, resulting in both physical and psychological symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms can be mild, but more likely than not, withdrawal symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable or painful, and even dangerous in some cases. This is why those who are recovering from drugs or alcohol should enter a facility with a supervised detoxification program. These facilities offer assistance around the clock to offer support and care to those just beginning their recovery from harmful substances. Supervised detox can give the support necessary regarding withdrawal symptoms that can make the difference between a successful or unsuccessful detoxification. In fact, according to studies, those who experience very severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms only have a 30 percent chance of completing the detoxification process if it is performed on an outpatient basis.

Withdrawal Symptoms during Detox

Inpatient detoxification at Best Drug Rehabilitation is beneficial to anyone who quits using drugs or alcohol for the support and care given. Inpatient detox at Best Drug Rehabilitation also allows for a full focus on caring for oneself, no access to harmful substances or drugs of choice, and restriction from distractions which could cause stress and a return to drug or alcohol use. Withdrawal symptoms can be dangerous or even life-threatening in some cases, especially due to addiction to certain substances, long time use, and abusing high doses. Inpatient detox should be used for those who are coming off of the following substances:

  • Excessive alcohol use
  •  Opiate use, including heroin and prescription painkillers
  •  Opiate replacements
  •  Benzodiazepines
  •  Methamphetamine

Those who are quitting the above mentioned substances have a greater risk of developing severe or serious withdrawal symptoms, as well as an increased risk of overdose if trying to quit alone, as more of the substance may be used in an effort to overcome withdrawal symptoms. For this reason, it is highly recommended that they seek the services of professional inpatient drug and alcohol detox programs.

At Best Drug Rehabilitation, once the patient has finished the detox process and is clean from any chemicals and substances in the body, they receive one-on-one counseling and group therapy sessions. Detox is not the end of treatment for substance abuse. It is only the beginning, the first step. There is still much work to be done after detox.

Best Drug Rehabilitation can design a program to fit your individual needs and preferences. We have excellent counselors and licensed professional staff members at our residential treatment center which are on hand 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help with any issues you may have. Contact us today to learn more about our many different treatment programs.