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Easy Detox

Easy Detox

Easy Detox

Individuals who use drugs and/or alcohol for an extended period of time will likely need to undergo medically monitored detoxification before safely transferring to an inpatient treatment center. The role of detox facilities is to safely manage the symptoms of withdrawal – symptoms that can lead to serious complications if not closely monitored by medical professionals.
Depending on the substance involved and the frequency of use, different techniques will be employed to help alleviate symptoms of withdrawal. In most cases, newly sober individuals will be prescribed medications to reduce physical pain and prevent serious side effects from occurring.

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The side effects will vary based on the substance - take a look at some examples

Heroin

Symptoms of heroin withdrawal include fatigue, severe muscle cramping/pain, anxiety, insomnia, upset stomach, vomiting, profuse sweating and sometimes, seizures. While the symptoms of heroin withdrawal are not usually lethal, they are so harshly unpleasant that they drive many addicts straight back to using before the detox process is over.

Alcohol

Alcohol withdrawal can be deadly when not properly treated. Symptoms may include severe headaches, insomnia, anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, tremors, hallucinations and seizures. Those that have been drinking excessively for a long period of time are likely to experience seizures – part of delirium tremens – which may be fatal. For this reason, medically monitored detox is always recommended for those who are looking to abruptly stop drinking.

Stimulants

Stimulant drugs range from cocaine and methamphetamine to prescription stimulants, like Adderall or ritalin. In most cases, stimulant withdrawal is predominantly psychological. Because of the ways in which these drugs affect brain chemistry, most stimulant withdrawal is characterized by a harshly dysphoric mood. In other words – deep unhappiness. Symptoms may also include anxiety, body chills, irritability, dehydration, paranoia, fatigue, restlessness, an inability to concentrate, changes in appetite, body aches, intense cravings, nightmares, and hallucinations. Because the psychological symptoms of withdrawal can be so unpleasant, medically monitored detox is typically required – otherwise, those undergoing stimulant withdrawal will likely return to using their drug of choice before the detox process has ended.

Hallucinogens

Interestingly enough, because most hallucinogens do not cause drug-seeking behavior – because they are not as physically addictive as other substances – withdrawal symptoms are rarely physical. If an individual has been consistently using any quantity of hallucinogenic drugs, ‘withdrawal’ symptoms will be predominantly psychological. Overcoming a mental dependence on hallucinogens such as mushrooms or LSD will require intensive counseling, therapeutic intervention, and professional support. Unfortunately, those who use this type of drug regularly will often do permanent psychological damage, resulting in dissociation, panic attacks, and ongoing hallucinations.

Prescription Painkillers

Prescription painkillers are amongst the most commonly abused drugs, and they pose some of the most potentially life-threatening symptoms of withdrawal. Symptoms of withdrawal often include severe agitation, anxiety, panic attacks, severe abdominal cramping, diarrhea, vomiting, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, and suicidal ideation linked to severe depression. Those who have abused prescription painkillers for any extent of time will need to undergo medical detox, and they will need to be monitored by a medical professional during the length of the withdrawal process.

It is important to note that medical detox is only the very first step on the road to recovery. Detox alone is not enough to help addicts and alcoholics achieve long-term sobriety. The main purpose of medical detox is physical stabilization – once an individual is deemed fit to leave the detox facility, the mental and emotional healing will begin to take place. Addiction is a serious, all-encompassing disease, and without mental and emotional recovery, the potential for long-term recovery dwindles significantly. For more information on medical detox, or to find out what your options are, please feel free to contact us today. Regardless of what substances you or your loved ones have been abusing, medical detox is always a necessary first step.

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