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The First Step: Drug and Alcohol Detox

The process of detoxification, (also known as detox or withdrawal) takes place when a person who is dependent on drugs or alcohol suddenly stops using, or drastically reduces the amount they take. When individual is active in their addiction, their body has become accustomed to the habitual presence of substances in their system; when these substances are no longer suppled, withdrawal symptoms set in. Detoxification can cause physiological and/or physical symptoms such as: nausea or vomiting, shakiness, as well as feeling tense or edgy. Going through detoxification in a professional setting such as a drug rehab program helps to manage these negative effects. The skilled staff members are able to provide the program participant with support emotionally and physically with the use of specific medications to help ease the physical symptoms of withdrawal.

Drug and alcohol treatment centers offering detoxification services provide their clients with the care and comfort they require during this difficult phase of the recovery process. Inpatient detox offered at drug rehab facilities is ideal for every type of addiction. These types of programs provide around the clock care during the detoxification process, prescription drugs or other therapeutic treatments to ease the physical symptoms of withdrawal, distance from temptations back home, as well as the time and space one needs to focus on their recovery. Statistics show that going through the detoxification process in a professional setting decreases the likelihood that the individual will suffer a relapse once they have completed treatment.

The detoxification process begins when the program participant enrolls in the drug rehab. The staff will work closely with the individual going through the intake process and guides them back to where they will be staying during their time in the program. The treatment center will have the program participant undergo a complete physical exam to ensure there are no additional underlying issues that may develop during the detoxification process. Often times, addicted persons suffer from malnutrition and dehydration. These physical issues are addressed during the detox process and throughout the treatment program with the use of nutritional supplements. There are a number of medications that may be used to help treat the withdrawal symptoms the individual experiences during the detoxification process. When medications are used during the detox process the program participant is closely monitored to watch for any negative or harmful reactions.

When the detoxification process is complete, the program participant often feels remarkably better than when they first enrolled in the program. Many people note that they begin to sleep better, develop a healthy appetite, their skin clears up and appears brighter, as well as a general sense of feeling healthier. Going through detoxification before beginning the treatment process helps the program participant prepare for the intensive characteristics of addiction treatment where they will uncover, address and resolve the issues that drove them to abuse drugs or alcohol in the first place.

"The immediate objectives of alcohol detoxification are to help the patient achieve a substance-free state, relieve the immediate symptoms of withdrawal, and treat any comorbid medical or psychiatric conditions. re:nih.gov" Read More on Alcohol Detoxification

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