Detoxification, or the process of eliminating dangerous substances from the body, is the first step to treating addiction. In certain cases, detox can be very dangerous and even fatal if attempted at home. Medical detox is much safer and less painful when under the supervision of qualified medical professionals. Medical detox is only the first part of addiction treatment, it simply clears the mind and body in preparation for the psychological aspect of recovery. Should one choose for forgo or withdraw from further treatment following detox, the individual’s chances of triggering a relapse dramatically increase. This is because detox only treats the physical part of addiction without addressing the mental portion responsible for encouraging the substance abuse. In order to stabilize clients and ease their withdrawal symptoms, they will be given medications such as suboxone or methadone for an opiate addiction (OxyContin, heroin) and antidepressants for alcoholism and stimulants (methamphetamines or cocaine). Depending on the specifics of the addiction, the detox process could take anywhere from 3 to 14 days to complete, in which time the client will be slowly weaned off the drug and prescription until they are able to fully function without the need for substances of any kind.
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Common Withdrawal Symptoms
Not only is the experience of withdrawal a physical process but it is a mental one as well, which is why the experts at San Antonio Addiction Treatment are on hand 24/7 to provide the support needed to push through this difficult time. While every person responds to medical detox differently, many withdrawal symptoms appear in a vast majority of clients, with opiates and alcohol often causing the most severe and intense withdrawal symptoms, including:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Trouble sleeping
- Increased heart rate and rapid breathing
- Loss of appetite
Additionally, opiate withdrawal can include muscle cramps, bone pain, and abdominal cramps, while the most severe withdrawal symptoms due to an alcohol deficiency may include vivid hallucinations, seizures, and death. Withdrawal from stimulants typically involves depression, difficulty sleeping, and irritability while the withdrawal from marijuana is physically mild with a loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping. On the other hand, hallucinogens like LSD, PCP, and ecstasy don’t cause a physical dependence, although, the mental addiction to these substances are known to be just as powerful as the physical addiction is with other drugs.
Medical detox ranges in intensity from uncomfortable to downright painful, and is typically more mentally strenuous than physically. A main reason why professional detox is ideal for most clients is because medical professionals provide around the clock support and are equipped with medications to ease painful symptoms. While detox is an essential step on the road to recovery, it’s not the only step. Regardless of how difficult detox may be, continuing onto residential treatment will lead each client to a happier, more productive life, free from the chains of addiction.
For more information about addiction or to receive advice from qualified experts, call San Antonio Addiction Treatment today at (210) 702-3912 to get the help you deserve.