Detox, short for detoxification, is a process where an individual’s body is cleared of dangerous toxins like drugs and alcohol. For many individuals who are seeking treatment for a substance use disorder, detox can be incredibly beneficial in helping them appropriately and safely end their use in order to begin more in-depth therapeutic care.
Depending on the substance or substances that an individual has been abusing, a number of physical and psychological symptoms can develop when abuse stops. Many individuals find that when they attempt to stop using on their own and without professional assistance, the withdrawal symptoms become so painful and invasive that going back to using seems like a better option. And, as this pattern of abuse continues, individuals fall deeper into their addictions.
However, substance abuse detox can be completed in a manner that is not nearly as distressing or intrusive as it can be when attempted independently. Within a professional treatment center, detox services can be provided. These services typically include around-the-clock supervision from doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals to ensure that each client is remaining comfortable and safe at this time. Additionally, medications can be utilized to help prevent withdrawal symptoms from being unbearable, making this process much easier for the client.
At JourneyPure Center for Professional Excellence, we are pleased to provide top-of-the-line detox services to our clients when medically indicated. Not every client who comes to us needs to go through detox, however, those who do are afforded the ability to do so. We view detox as a critical step in the recovery process for those who need it, and we make it our priority to offer the utmost support at this time.
Stages of Detoxification
The process of detox, like recovery, does not move in a straight line. There can be setbacks along with successes during each stage of this process. The three stages of detox include:
Serving as the first stage of detox, acute detox often includes the use of medication-assisted care. The most severe withdrawal symptoms occur during acute detox, however, can be best managed through the use of medications like Suboxone, Subutex, and buprenorphine. Those who tend to experience the most painful period of acute detox are those who are coming off of abusing substances like opioids, benzodiazepines (“benzos”), or alcohol. Additionally, while medical supervision is provided throughout a client’s process of detox, it is most necessary at this time, as symptoms can become significant enough that medical intervention needs to be applied.
During this second stage of detox, most clients start to experience flu-like symptoms, such as diarrhea, vomiting, shakiness, sweating, and fatigue. This part of detox can be extremely distressing because the body is in full-on withdrawal mode from the cessation of substance abuse. Both the body and the mind are waiting for its next dose of the abused substance or substances, however, it is not getting it. And when this urge is not fulfilled, these symptoms can develop. Thankfully, when treated, these symptoms do not last nearly as long as they would without professional care. When done independently, symptoms can last for weeks and can land an individual in the hospital with complications.
Post-detox occurs when the body is fully cleared of all dangerous and addictive substances. This is a major achievement for the client, as the physical pain that he or she has endured is finally over. However, during post-detox, the brain begins to heal, which can leave the client experiencing a number of psychological complications. Most commonly, clients who complete detox tend to suffer from symptoms of depression. However, continued treatment includes the implementation of specific therapies (e.g., individual therapy and group therapy) to help the client work through psychological changes.
Benefits of Detox at JourneyPure Center for Professional Excellence
As mentioned before, attempting to detox on one’s own can be a futile effort. Most people who attempt this find themselves using again, continuing a dangerous cycle of abuse. However, detoxing at a professional treatment center like JourneyPure Center for Professional Excellence, individuals can detox one time and in a more comfortable manner.
When detoxing, the body is completely cleared of dangerous substances. As a result, the individual is no longer in danger of suffering any physical complications due to the presence of drugs and/or alcohol. However, withdrawal can cause physical problems, but while in detox, a client will receive 24/7 monitoring from a medical professional to address such issues.
Also, the brain is no longer under the influence of mind-altering substances, making it easier for the client to be open to therapy and other services that can help move his or her recovery in the right direction.
Safely Break Away from Addiction at Our Beautiful Detox Center
If you are in need of detox for substance dependence or are unsure if you need this service or not, please do not hesitate to reach out to us as soon as possible. We can help you through this challenging step safely and comfortably. Call us today at 844-259-9926.