Detox Is the First Step Toward A New Existence
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Finding a way to clear your body of physical addiction is possible in Northern California
While the idea of sobering up off of your substance of choice seems daunting, a detox program can make it a lot easier. Addicts have a higher success rate of freeing themselves from their addiction if they start with a professionally driven detox. Medical professionals will assist you with the uncomfortable symptoms that arise as your body adjusts to sober living, and your comfort will be the number one priority while you focus on overcoming your physical dependency. Surrounded by trained medical staff, any symptom that arises will be met with understanding and support. You do not have to withdraw from your substances of choice alone.
The process of withdrawal is a painful experience no matter where you choose to do it. However, those who are withdrawing without the support of professionals are more likely to relapse in an effort to abate the influx of symptoms they will experience. Having a professional detox staff around you 24 hours per day is a sure-fire way to help assure that your detox will run its course and have a successful outcome. There are detox centers available in your area to assist you, and your first step toward ending your cycle of addiction can be found by calling 614-502-6247.
Detox can be done with the help of medications or without pharmaceutical assistance
There are generally two types of detoxification available. A medical detox allows medical professionals to administer medications which will help to soothe some of the unpleasantries or dangers associated with detox. However, some people may recoil at the idea of using drugs to come off of alcohol or illegal drugs; detox can also be done without the assistance of medications. In situations where a person chooses to detox without pharmaceutical assistance, they are monitored closely and provided counseling and support as they experience their withdrawal symptoms. Determining which path is appropriate for each addict is an important decision before embarking on the recovery process. Some users are able to stop “cold turkey” without medical intervention, but the chances of relapse are higher in patients that choose this modality because the cravings to use to abate symptoms may be overwhelming. When an individual relapses after a period of abstinence, the risk of overdosing is dramatically increased. A desperate addict may take the same size dose of their drug of choice when they return to using after a period of sobriety, even though their body is no longer acclimated to the drug and cannot sustain such a large dose. This can prove to be deadly. A medical detox provides relief from ongoing withdrawal symptoms while still allowing the individual to sober up off of their substances of choice; this treatment method is often recommended over a non-medical detox in patients that used a large quantity of the drug that caused them to seek a professional detox in the first place.
Medical detoxification looks different for every individual that undertakes it. Users of barbiturates will receive different treatments than users of stimulants, for example, because of the differing nature of the withdrawal symptoms that are likely to arise. The patient’s previous level of use will also be taken into consideration, as their level of dependency will dictate the likelihood of experiencing a certain range of symptoms. Instead of having to endure and overcome debilitating symptoms that arise during detox, medical professionals will administer relieving medications to patients undergoing a medically administered detox. While also receiving therapeutic support, the calming effects induced by administered medications during the detox process may give the addict the upper hand they need in order to maintain long-term sobriety. The chance of relapse during a medical detox is significantly lower than going “cold turkey” because the patient experiences some relief of physical symptoms as they begin to address their psychological dependencies. Some substance abusers may find that as their detox progresses, symptoms of otherwise unrecognized illnesses masked by their abuse may begin to rise to the surface. If a medical team is in place to assist with these illnesses, the process of starting treatment for other conditions will be less jarring for the addict in recovery. A large percentage of addicts actually have underlying mental health issues, which drove them to use in the first place to mask the symptoms. Dealing with the reality of mental illness in a sober state can be frightening, and if doctors are on board to treat these ailments as they begin to surface, it can be a lot easier to set an addict up on a path of success because their symptoms are being managed by a team of professionals. This sense of security can give an addict the strength needed to persevere, and it sets them up on a course of treatment they can continue once the detox and rehabilitation process has ended.
Taking the First Step
Recognizing that you or a loved one has an unmanageable problem with addiction is the first step toward recovery. This is often the most difficult step in the entire process because it requires an acknowledgment that old patterns of behavior are no longer working when it comes to sustaining a good life. It takes a lot of self-reflection and analysis of inherent behaviors to recognize that you may need help in overcoming your cycle of addiction. Treatment only works if the addict and their support network recognize the unmanageability of their disorder and are willing to put their trust into the process of detoxification and recovery. Once you or a loved one gathers up the courage to recognize the dysfunction occurring, it is possible to begin the path to recovery. Interventions can be effective tools in aiding an addict to take the first step, but sometimes a simple dose of self-awareness is enough to convince an addict that they have an unmanageable problem. If you or a loved one is ready to take the first steps toward recovering from the cycle of addiction, call 614-502-6247 for more information on how to put your determination to quit into action.