The first step for most people struggling with chemical dependency is alcohol or drug detox. Drug detoxification is the process of allowing your body to rid itself of a drug while managing the symptoms of withdrawal.
When it comes to withdrawal symptoms, every addictive drug is different. Some drugs produce significant physical withdrawal while other drugs produce little physical withdrawal, but more emotional withdrawal.
Every person’s physical substance withdrawal pattern is also different. One person may experience little physical withdrawal but undergo more emotional withdrawal. You may be just the opposite. Certain emotional withdrawal symptoms are produced by all drugs, whether the addicted person has physical withdrawal symptoms or not.
We provide complimentary placement in addiction rehab programs that include clinically supervised detox services. A toll-free call to a recoveryas.com addiction specialist will start you on the road to lifelong sobriety.
Alcohol or Drug Detox, Step by Step
The United States Department of Health and Human Services describes three steps in the drug detoxification process:
• Evaluation: Upon beginning drug detoxification, a patient is first tested to see which specific substances are presently circulating in their bloodstream and the amount. Clinicians also evaluate the patient for potential co-occurring disorders and mental/behavioral issues.
• Stabilization: In this stage, the addicted person is guided through the process of detoxification. This may be done with or without the use of medications but for the most part, the former is more common. Also part of stabilization is explaining to the patient what to expect during drug or alcohol detox treatment and the substance abuse recovery process. Where appropriate, people close to the addict are brought in at this time to become involved and show support.
• Guiding the Patient into Treatment: The last step of the detoxification process is to prepare the addicted patient for the actual recovery process. Since drug detoxification only deals with the physical dependency and addiction to drugs, it does not address the psychological and sociological aspects of drug addiction. This stage includes getting the patient to agree that they will complete the process by enrolling in a drug rehabilitation program.
Where Does Drug Detox Fit into the Rehabilitation Process?
Malnutrition is a major concern for addicted patients entering detox because the nutrient deficiencies associated with substance abuse can interfere with or even prolong the detoxification process. Longstanding irregular eating habits and poor dietary intake only intensify the problem. The drug or alcohol detoxification process itself is stressful to the body and may result in increased nutrient requirements. Proper nutrition during drug recovery improves to a significant extent the adverse effects of the substance abuse.
The length of stay in a detox program will depend on a variety of factors – your physical health, the type of drugs or alcohol involved, the length of your addiction and the frequency of use and your body’s response to the detox process.
Many patients believe that once they have eliminated the substance or substances of abuse from their bodies, they have achieved abstinence, but detox is just the first step on the road to a life of sobriety.
If you need more information on detox services for yourself or a loved one, call a recoveryas.com intake specialist toll free at 1 (877) 968-6283 or fill out our confidential online form today. We will never charge you a fee for our placement services.