There are enormous benefits for an addict who enters a rehab facility for an inpatient medical detox. A State certified rehab facility has professional staff that is experienced and knowledgeable in addiction and recovery. They treat their patients with kindness and respect and offer recovering addicts a safe, clean environment in which to get well.
Rehab facilities are equipped and ready to handle any medical emergency and their detox programs are designed to avoid them altogether. Patients are slowly weaned off of the offending drug or alcohol during the detox process. The process is done gradually to help the body and mind adjust to the chemical changes they are experiencing. Medication is administered to help keep the body from over-reacting to the loss of the offending substance. The medical detox process is designed to minimize the withdrawal symptoms as much as possible.
Addicts who try to detox “cold turkey” often relapse because they cannot tolerate the overwhelming withdrawal symptoms. “Cold turkey” can be a dangerous way to detox in particular situations because withdrawal of specific substances can cause heart attack, stroke, coma and death. Situations that require a safe medical detox are addiction to alcohol, opiates, benzodiazepines, cocaine, MDMA, barbiturates and crystal meth. During a medical detox, all patients are closely monitored to assure that they remain physically and mentally stable. The professional team knows exactly when and how to alter the process to avoid any unwarranted repercussions. A medically assisted detox is the safest way for an addict to get off of offending substances.
Addicts with serious medical problems or co-occurring mental disorders should also have a medical detox. If an addict stops using abruptly, he can experience dangerous physical and mental withdrawal symptoms. A medical detox can treat addiction and other medical problems together and also provide the necessary medications to reduce adverse reactions. The staff at the rehab facility will keep the patient as comfortable as possible during and after the detox, but most importantly the patient will be kept safe.
Research shows that an inpatient program is much more effective in the addict achieving long-term recovery. After the medical detox is completed, the patient will begin a series of other therapies. Substance abuse requires treatment for psychological dependency to avoid relapse and overcome addiction.
The catch phrase HALT is common among recovering addicts. HALT describes high-risk situations that can provoke relapse. HALT stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely and Tired. Often these conditions occur at the end of the workday and are usually accompanied by strong cravings. The recovering addict must ask them self how they are feeling and adjust their situation if it will act as a trigger for relapse. They must also avoid being with people who use drugs or alcohol and avoid going to places where they used to get their drugs or alcohol. Avoiding high-risk situations is important and acquiring new skills to handle cravings, triggers, stress and negative emotions is imperative. Behavior modification therapy is a program that teaches a recovering addict how to change destructive thoughts and behavior patterns into new, healthy ones. Learning how to be proactive to high-risk situations and behavior helps the recovering addict overcome addiction. The more the addict learns about addiction and their relationship to it, the more they will be able to change it and achieve long-term sobriety. Knowledge and the utilization of that knowledge is power. A recovering addict should be equipped with new skills and techniques to empower them against high-risk situations, thoughts and feelings.
By learning more about them self and their former destructive mindset, a recovering addict will understand the importance of renewing the mind. The psychological aspects of addiction must be treated with on-going aftercare counseling and support group meetings. By treating the problems and embracing new possibilities, the recovering addict will be successful at defeating addiction. Inpatient medical detox along with psychological therapy gives the addict hope for the future.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.