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
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:
Delirium Tremens (DT’s)
Fatigue or Exhaustion
Sensitivity To Light & Sound
HOW DO YOU TREAT DETOX SYMPTOMS?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Prescription Sedatives (Tranquilizers, Depressants)
Alcohol (considered a type of drug)
Over-the-counter Cough/Cold Medicines (Dextromethorphan or DXM)
Synthetic Cathinones (Bath Salts)
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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