Substance Addiction Detoxification
The detoxification process of mind altering substances is the first move in beginning the recovery process. Detoxification commonly known as detox refers to acute physiological withdrawal symptoms a person endures when alcohol or drug use stops. When someone depends on substances physically or currently lives with a substance use disorder, coming off of that substance will cause one to experience moderate to a severity of discontentment and unpleasant symptoms. Detoxification of toxic chemicals from the body allows an individual to regain mild health, needed to further any treatment services.
Detox and Withdrawal Symptoms
The extent in which an individual experiences detoxification and withdrawal symptoms depends on a variety of circumstances. Circumstances are evaluated to best cater to the comfort of an individual’s detoxification. A person’s overall tolerance for alcohol or drugs increases overtime and the physic gets used to the substance abused; causing expanded substance use to reach the euphoric feeling that was once produced with minimal substance. As one’s tolerance builds to certain substances, the withdrawal symptoms are likely increase in severity. Withdrawal symptoms are the aftereffect of long-term alcohol or drug use; these symptoms usually include:
- Altered perception
- Loss of consciousness
- Excessive sweating
- Headaches, high fever
- Decrease in appetite
- Fatigue (mental, physical)
The withdrawal symptoms are a short and brief example of common experiences. However, there are several additional aspects of detox and unpleasant symptoms that individuals endure; With medical assistance the symptoms of withdrawal can cause a person to feel discouraged and undecided of needing and getting help for his or her addiction.
Medically managed detoxification safely manages the acute physical symptoms of withdrawal associated with stopping drug use. Failure to seek medical attention when experiencing withdrawal symptoms may cause a person to face serious consequences. Unsupervised detox potentially causes fatal and life-threatening complications. When medically managed, a person usually receives medications to decrease the unpleasantness of symptoms. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found that 80 percent of detox facilities used medications to manage withdrawal. Medications are used to help the withdrawal process go more smoothly while addressing symptoms such as: intense cravings, nausea, mood swings, insomnia, decreased dopamine in brain, panic attacks, paranoia, dizziness, confusion, depression, malnourishment, increased blood pressure and heart rate. The symptoms mentioned do not include the entirety of issues experienced while detoxing. Medical detoxification is largely encouraged, for an individual’s safety and recovery achievement.
Treatment Starts with Detox
Detoxification of toxic substances from the body should be done with attentiveness and intense care. Once through the withdrawal symptoms of detox, addressing a person’s addiction may begin. Detox sets an individual up to receive treatment and it is not considered effective treatment alone. If additional treatment is not sought post detoxification, the potential of relapse sky rockets. Please call today and speak to a specialist about beginning your recovery with safely managed detoxification (503)-676-6958 .