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What is Detox?

WHAT IS DETOX?
Medical Detoxification, as it relates to drug and alcohol abuse, is the physical and systematic process of flushing toxic chemicals from a person’s body as a result of abusing drugs or alcohol. It is the first, and most necessary step, in the addiction recovery process. Detoxification begins as soon as drug and/or alcohol cessation begins. The body naturally begins to eradicate, or “flush out”, the foreign substances from the body through mechanisms such as the liver. However, depending on a person’s drug of choice, length of use and quantity abused, detoxification without proper medical oversight can lead to relapse or death.
By administering a specifically designed medication protocol for the individual, LIV Wellness Center can successfully flush out the toxins that have built up as a result of drug and/or alcohol abuse with little or no uncomfortable symptoms. In some instances, detoxification can instigate painful reactions, seizures, delirium tremens, and even death. However, with the care and oversight of an accredited detoxification facility, like LIV Wellness Center, the individual will almost certainly be prevented from experiencing these symptoms.

Furthermore, the detoxification phase of the recovery process is the most threatening time for relapse for the individual, as withdrawal symptoms, cravings and triggers often lead to relapse without the proper supervision or the medical protocol of a detoxification center. By consenting to a medically supervised detox, the individual is safeguarded from the threat of relapse because their symptoms are meticulously treated to the point where they are no longer threatening one’s goal of remaining sober.

Why do you
get withdrawal symptoms from detox?

The human body is a remarkable machine that is capable of adjusting its physiology in order to cope with its environment. Drugs and alcohol are foreign substances to the body that actually cause a chemical reaction. However, over time and with continued use, the body learns to adapt by living with these chemicals and building up what we call a tolerance. This becomes the body’s “new normal”. When a person with a tolerance to these drugs abruptly stops using them, the body compensates both physically and emotionally by producing painful symptoms that encourage the individual to replenish their drug of choice in the body. This is similar to the experience of a “hangover”, but much worse. It is therefore necessary for anyone with a severe drug or alcohol dependency to seek detoxification at a medically supervised detox center to prevent both harmful symptoms from occurring and leading to a potential relapse.

What We Treat

Alcohol

Sedatives

Benzodiazepine

Prescription Medications

Cocaine

Amphetamines

Opiates

Heroin

What are some detox withdrawal symptoms?

Withdrawal symptoms associated with drug and/or alcohol cessation can vary depending on the type of drugs or alcohol that are abused, how long they’ve been abused and in what quantity they are abused. However, the NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) characterizes the following symptoms as potential side effects from drug and/or alcohol detoxification if they are not treated with any medication to alleviate the symptoms:

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Muscle Tenderness

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Aching Bones

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Headache

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Irritability

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Insomnia

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Shaking

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Delirium Tremens (DT’s)

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Convulsions

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Hallucinations

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Heart Palpitations

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Fever

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Diarrhea

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Abdominal Pain

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Hot/Cold Flashes

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Nausea

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Vomiting

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Cramps

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Cravings

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Anxiety

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Profuse Sweating

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Fatigue or Exhaustion

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Nerve Pain

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Restlessness

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Depression

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Nightmares

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Suicidal Thoughts

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Mood Swings

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Paranoia

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Increased Appetite

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Insomnia

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Sensitivity To Light & Sound

HOW DO YOU TREAT DETOX SYMPTOMS?

Treating withdrawal symptoms is the number one focus of our detoxification center. We are able to successfully treat, prevent or subdue painful or uncomfortable detoxification symptoms by using a combination of medications and physical healing modalities.
Mediation can significantly help to mitigate withdrawal symptoms while also lowering the feelings of craving. By employing an individually-prescribed medication regimen for each client’s detox phase of treatment, our medical staff can monitor their progress and safely yet systematically taper their medications to the point where they no longer need them anymore to assuage their symptoms. This usually takes anywhere from 3 days to about 2 weeks.
Healing modalities, such as body massage and acupuncture, help to physically detoxify the bodies tissues of toxic chemicals as a result of long-term substance abuse. Especially after prolonged addiction, toxins build up throughout the body, in the muscle tissue and even in the bone system. This is another reason why detoxification can be especially painful for some individuals who have a long history of addiction, or whose drug of choice happens to permeate throughout the body, like opiates. Body massage and acupuncture helps to speed up the process of drawing out toxins from the bodies interior systems that would have, on their own, taken months or years to flush out organically.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF DETOX?
It’s important to note that detoxifying the body physically from any prolonged chemical dependency is a medical process that should be administered by a team of medical professionals trained in drug and alcohol detoxification.
The risks of detoxing on one’s own can be excruciating or even deadly, which is why it is never recommended to try to detox at home or on your own. Not only can the symptoms of drug and/or alcohol detoxification be lethal, but they almost always cause extreme discomfort and unmanageable cravings that may lead to a relapse. Symptoms such as seizures, convulsions and delirium tremens are some of these symptoms, which can accompany alcohol detoxification and benzodiazepine (like Xanax or Klonopin) detoxification. Anyone who abuses either of these substances must seriously consider entering into a professional detoxification program prior to cessation.
This just takes into consideration detoxification with no other physiological circumstances. However, many who suffer from substance abuse disorder also have pre-existing, or co-occurring medical conditions, and therefore are at a greater risk of detox-related complications or psychosis. Factors such as overall health, age, ancillary medical conditions, poly-drug use and psychological health all play a major factor in the detoxification process that should be handled by a team of medical professionals for the safety of the individual.
Why is relapse especially harmful after detox?
Prolonged drug or alcohol abuse creates a natural tolerance in your body to that substance, which often prevents the person from overdosing during active addiction, so long as they don’t use more than they are accustomed to. The detoxification process helps to successfully rid the body of toxins that build up as a result of prolonged usage, but also helps to reduce, and in many cases eliminate, the bodies tolerance for these drugs (or alcohol) altogether. If relapse occurs in the individual, they often use the same dosage that they were previously accustomed to. However, the body has been fundamentally changed and is no longer capable of managing such a high level of chemical intrusion. For those abusing alcohol, this leads to a swift “blackout” or alcohol poisoning. For an opiate or anti-anxiety medication user, it can easily lead to an unintentional overdose and death.
Nutrition and Detox
Nutritional guidance is an important part of the detoxification phase of rehabilitation because it can help the client take great steps forward in influencing a rapid and comfortable detoxification phase for themselves. Our nutritional counselors work with each client to identify their abuse history and physiological makeup, and then prescribe them a diet that will help them to detoxify harmful chemicals while replenishing critical nutrients from the inside out. Clients take this nutritional roadmap with them long after detox has ended to help continue to feed their body and mind with nutrients that will enable them to feel more balanced and focused on their recovery goals. This personalized nutritional guideline will also help to alleviate or diminish chemical cravings that could last weeks or months after formal detoxification has ended.
Detox and Addiction Therapy
During the detoxification phase of treatment, there is just one focus, and that is to safely and comfortably detox the patient from their drug of choice. During this phase of the treatment process, clients are able to take advantage of an individual therapy session with a licensed mental health counselor, if they wish. We offer therapy services during this time as it is important in establishing the foundational elements that will help to identify the client’s ideal path forward in the recovery process.

Therefore, while we don’t require clients to visit groups and ongoing therapy sessions during their detoxification stay, we absolutely ensure that each client is guided through an initial walkthrough of the recovery process, while identifying what levels of care will be best suited to fir their exacting needs once their detoxification has ended.

How will I know if I need detox?
A professionally monitored detoxification by a trained medical team is necessary if your drug or alcohol intake has resulted in a growing tolerance for the substance. Do you use much more of your drug of choice than you used to? Does it take more of your drug of choice than it used to reach the desired high or effect that you’re looking for? Can you no longer stop using your drug of choice without feeling “sick”? Have you tried to stop using your drug of choice but were unable to? Do you obsess about using your drug of choice on a daily basis?

Each of these factors alone are indications that you should consult the care and advice from a professional detoxification center. These symptoms are indicative of substance use disorder and are unlikely if not impossible to overcome on one’s own without professional help and a thoughtful, individualized treatment plan of action.

What kinds of drugs cause addiction?
Substance abuse addiction can be the result of overusing any mind or mood altering substance that changes the way one thinks or feels, resulting in altered behavior. Over time, and if abused (using more than prescribed in the case of legalized prescription drugs), the user develops a dependency. In many cases, withdrawal symptoms prevent them from stopping for good. Some of the most common drugs that produce this chemical dependency include:
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Adderall

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Carfentanil

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Dilaudid

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Hallucinogens

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Ketamine

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Lorcet

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MDMA (Ecstasy/Molly)

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Morphine

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OxyCodone

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Prescription Sedatives (Tranquilizers, Depressants)

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Rohypnol® (Flunitrazepam)

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Steroids (Anabolic)

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Talwin

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Valium

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Alcohol (considered a type of drug)

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Cocaine

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DMT

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Heroin

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Khat

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Lortab

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Mescaline (Peyote)

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Norco

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Oxycontin

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Prescription Stimulants

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Roxicet

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Subutex

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Tobacco

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Vicodin

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Ayahuasca

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Codeine

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Fentanyl

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Kratom

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Hydrocodone

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LSD

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Methadone

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Over-the-counter Cough/Cold Medicines (Dextromethorphan or DXM)

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PCP

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Psilocybin

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Salvia

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Synthetic Cannabinoids

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Ultracet

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Xanax

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Klonopin

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Demerol

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GHB

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Inhalants

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Krokodil

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Marijuana (Cannabis)

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Methamphetamine

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Opiates/Opioids (Prescription)

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Percocet

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Ritalin

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Stadol

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Synthetic Cathinones (Bath Salts)

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Ultram (Tramadol)

How can I help a loved one who is addicted?
As a family member, friend or loved one of someone who is battling substance abuse dependency, it can feel impossible to help them. In many cases, speaking to them, if you’re able to at all, doesn’t lead to them getting help. In some instances, they can get defensive or shut off completely. This is a normal symptom of addiction and not your fault. What you can do is to speak with an addiction treatment advisor, counselor or interventionist in order to get insight on your particular circumstance, and access advice that will help you enable them to get help. We have a nationwide network of professional interventionists who can be essential in this phase of the treatment process for you and your loved one. They know how to speak and relate to anyone who is suffering with substance abuse disorder, and are the most effective at helping them to see their destructive patterns and consent to getting help first at a reputable detoxification center.

LIV Wellness Center is a place where those battling crippling drug and alcohol addiction can receive individualized detoxification treatment without the pain, discomfort or threat of withdrawal symptoms, cravings or relapse characteristic of detoxing without proper medical supervision.

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1-888-450-0949

CONTACT US

Info@LIVWellnessCenter.com

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Lake Worth, FL 33461