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Detox (detoxification) seeks to alleviate some of the physical symptoms associated with drug addiction or, more accurately, the cessation of drug use. Detox programs are designed to ease the addict through withdrawal and to restore an addict to a better physical condition in order for them to be able to complete a drug rehab program. Detox itself is not typically intended to be a treatment for drug addiction. Rather, it is often a first step in treatment to be followed by a structured drug rehab program.
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Why do I need a Detox Facility
Drug and alcohol abuse lead to a physical dependency on those drugs or alcohol. When an addict that is physically dependent on a substance stops using the substance, their body usually reacts in a very strong way. The body wants and needs the drugs or alcohol it is used to getting at regular intervals and so it will react, sometimes violently. Withdrawal symptoms range from headaches, fatigue, and nervousness to hallucinations, convulsions or seizures and, in the most severe cases, even death. While there is no doubt that emotional and psychological issues help to perpetuate a person’s drug addiction, physical withdrawal symptoms can be a significant deterrent to an addict seeking drug rehab.
Detox programs are designed to do just that, detox (detoxify) the body; to help an addict get rid of toxins that have built up in their body. The toxins we’re speaking of would be the drug or drugs the addict is using. Once an addict has completed a detox program and is in a better physical state, they can begin a drug rehab program designed to address their particular drug addiction or alcohol addiction.
Generally, there are two types of detox programs: non-medical detox and medical detox.
Non-medical detox involves detoxifying in a setting other than a medical one. This could be “going cold turkey”; stopping the use of drugs or alcohol and suffering through withdrawal without assistance of any kind. There are also a variety of detox programs that offer assistance without medications or medical supervision. These programs offer emotional support to an addict in withdrawal and may include a regimen of vitamins, minerals and other nutritional supplements and other types of treatments designed to ease the physical and emotional effects of withdrawal.
Medical detox involves medical supervision. It may be limited to observation only; monitoring heart rate, blood pressure, etc. while the addict withdraws unassisted. Medical detox may also involve the use of medications to ease the symptoms of withdrawal.
In recent years, rapid detox has become more common place. In the rapid detox process, an addict is placed under anesthesia and given drugs the speed up the body’s reaction to the withdrawal process. The process generally lasts 4-6 hours.
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