Medically Assisted Detox
When it comes to addiction treatment, one of the worst feared parts for an addict is experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Medically assisted detox is a fully supervised part of the treatment process that works to wear your body off of the substance of abuse over a period of several days. The procedure uses a substitute drug as a replacement for the actual drug which can be:
The average detoxes period lasts anywhere from three to seven days in where a patient will be under the supervision of a medical professional. In order to ensure a long-lasting recovery, though, detox alone is simply not enough for an addict to fully overcome addiction. An addiction treatment program after detox is complete is essential when seeking sobriety.
The Benefits of Detox
There are countless advantages to medically assisted detox, the main one being the fact that it substantially mitigates withdrawal symptoms which can be unbearable for patients. By lessening the side effects of withdrawal through detox, patients are more likely to agree to treatment. Once patients have finished the detox phase, they will have a clearer mind when entering treatment. Having a better frame of mind will give the patient a great start to recovery.
There is also an aspect of peace of mind when it comes to detoxification. Since the substitute drug is being administered in a controlled environment, there is no chance of overdosing while street drug use comes with a high chance of danger and overdose.
Patients can go through medically assisted detox at the following places:
- Inpatient/residential detox facilities
- Outpatient location
- The first part of a long-term treatment program
Patients will receive support and comfort throughout the entire detox period and will always have access to medical personnel if needed. During detox, patients will be in a safe and nurturing environment which aids in the recovery process. They may also have the option to attend various programs while going through detox such as medication therapy in order to lessen symptoms associated with withdrawal and to get their mind off of things.
What to Expect
It’s normal to feel hesitation at the thought of going through detox. When you first enter a program for detoxification, a biophysical exam will be conducted which looks to detect any psychological, social, or physical abnormalities. You will then speak to the medical personnel about your drug use history, specifying dose amounts and the frequency that you used. A full evaluation of your health will also be done in order to determine if you are suffering from any deficiencies, nutritionally. Upon this assessment, patients will begin detox. As soon as a patient is medically stable, they will be able to begin in an addiction treatment program.
Although the thought of attending detox can be frightening, you must understand that you are made the life-changing decision to get sober and before you can obtain sobriety, you must go through the phases of recovery. Keep a positive mindset; a life that is no longer controlled by drug addiction is a life that is worth living. A life of drug abuse is not.
Contact WhiteSands Treatment to learn more about medically assisted detox programs.
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