One of the most important elements of the drug or alcohol addiction recovery process is the detox process. Medical detox is one of the only ways to ensure that the recovery process progresses as it should and that the person addicted to drugs or alcohol is successful in their efforts.
The medical detox experts at Chicago Drug Rehab IL provide patients with the care and expertise required to safely and comfortably wean them off their drug of abuse. To find out more information about our medical detox protocols, dial (312) 604-7346.
Detox works by breaking a person’s physical addiction to a drug or alcohol. In order to understand how this works, you have to first understand the nature of physical addiction. When a person consumes an addictive substance, it causes a series of chemical reactions inside the body. Specifically, drugs and alcohol affect the central nervous system and brain. The substance will trigger certain responses and actions, while blocking others.
With continued substance abuse, the brain and nervous system adjust and change the way they operate. In so doing, they render themselves unable to perform and/or block the actions triggered by the drug or alcohol without the assistance of the substances to send those signals. In this way, the person has developed a chemical dependency or physical addiction.
Detox is designed to break that physical addiction by forcing the body to adjust to not having the drug to stimulate the brain and central nervous system. In a detox center that uses medical detox, this often means gradually reducing the amount of the drug and using prescription drugs designed to counter the effects of the substance and withdrawal symptoms.
While many drugs have certain withdrawal symptoms in common (drug cravings, for example), there are differences between every drug. Some include:
DT’s, also known as delirium tremens, are the serious and medically dangerous symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. The symptoms include:
These symptoms need to be treated and monitored by a physician immediately. Medical detox is the safest and surest way to get through the alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
Detoxing at home is dangerous due to the fact that there is no way to know before you begin the detox process, how severe your symptoms will be. The more severe symptoms of withdrawal require immediate medical attention to prevent them from becoming life-threatening (i.e. seizures, fevers, and heart problems). There is always a chance that a person will experience severe withdrawal symptoms.
Additionally, a person who detoxes at home likely quits using the substance all at once, and this sends the body into immediate shock and intensifies drug and alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Many times, this results in the person giving up in the middle of the detox process and resuming substance abuse.
The process of detoxing and relapsing is quite damaging to the body and can cause serious and irreversible damage to internal organs and make future attempts to detox more difficult and dangerous. Because of this, it is important to seek residential drug treatment and relapse prevention help following detox.
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