If you have been an addict for a long time, it’s likely that you will have to go through medical detoxification (or detox) at some point. For most addicts, detox is the beginning of their new life. Detox is a process that rids the body of harmful substances (usually toxins) left behind due to the addiction. This will return your body to a more normal state, where it will be easier to overcome your addiction. Detox is also a chance for health care workers to analyze you and determine other treatment methods that can help you. After detox, you will have a much better path toward sobriety. Your body will be stronger, with your mind better prepared to move beyond addiction. You will find it easier to form good habits and battle any cravings related to your addiction.
You are probably familiar with drug withdrawal symptoms. They can include vomiting, sweating and having difficulty sleeping. If you’ve tried to detox or go ‘cold turkey’ by yourself, you may have experienced some painful withdrawal symptoms. That’s to be expected. The body is trying to adjust to its new state. Some withdrawal signs are physical, but some are more psychological. Psychological signs would include anxiety and depression. The good news is that a qualified rehab staff will know the best ways of easing all kinds of withdrawal symptoms, making your recovery less stressful. Before you were trying alone. But with professional help, the next attempt to stay sober can be less painful.
Different classes of drugs often require different detox plans. Medically supervised withdrawal and social detoxification are the two sorts of detox used most frequently in detox centers. People who benefit most from medically supervised withdrawal include those who have been hooked on alcohol, pain medications (prescription or pharmaceutical), barbiturates or sedatives, or opioids. Medically supervised withdrawal would include detox aids that can only be prescribed by a doctor. People whose drug use will only lead to mild withdrawal symptoms are more effectively served with social detoxification techniques. In this sort of detox, clients are monitored by nurses and therapists who supervise the clients’ well-being. The workers try to help addicts through the cravings of withdrawal without the use of medications.
Detox by itself does not cure your addiction. What happens after detox depends on your particular addiction and how your body adjusts to your new life. You may need inpatient care, which will require you to live at the center for a while. In some cases, medication may be prescribed to help overcome your addiction. Or you may need outpatient care, where you will be living at home but visiting a care facility on a regular basis. Either way, a rehabilitation (rehab) plan will give you the therapy and training you need to begin a new life. Therapy is, in a basic sense, forming the new habits that will change your life. Therapy includes not just physical help but psychological, or emotional help. Good therapy will not only involve medicine but changes in lifestyle or thinking patterns.
Taking the First Step Towards Recovery Today!
You may not realize it yet, but there is a strong and independent person underneath that addiction. Right now, it may feel as though the substances that you are addicted to are in control, but that is not the case. Making a move towards battling your addiction is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Not only will you be helping yourself, you are going to alter the lives of those who are affected by your behavior. Detox can be the first step toward you getting your life back. If you call now, you are one step closer to a successful and long-lasting recovery. You can reach detox and rehab professionals in the Sacramento, California area by calling 916-702-7941. Please reach out to help yourself or a loved one.