Your First Step Toward Recovery
The first stage in an addiction treatment program is detoxification. The government definition of detoxification, as stated by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, is the process by which the body clears itself of drugs by managing the acute and potentially dangerous physiological effects of stopping drug use.
In simple terms, it is a treatment meant to oversee the potentially detrimental effects of withdrawal on the human body and mind.
Throughout addiction, whether it be abusing alcohol or drugs, the human body develops a dependence on the substance — the individual must take the drug to feel normal. When that substance is taken away, there is potential for the body to react in a manner that can put the individual in danger.
Attempting detoxification at home or on your own can be highly dangerous: withdrawal symptoms may include seizures, tremors, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, and hallucination. For this reason, do-it-yourself detox is not recommended. Medically assisted detoxification is the much safer choice.
At our Florida detoxification center, medical detoxification takes place in a safe and controlled environment under the supervision of caring and competent medical professionals. This helps reduce the risks of withdrawal and ensures patients have access to care and support whenever they need it.
Detox symptoms include, but are not limited to:
While experiencing these symptoms is extremely uncomfortable and at times even unbearable, the benefits of going through the process of detoxification and treatment far outweigh those of continuing addiction.
The Medical Detoxification Process
The most effective form of addiction detoxification is a medical detox administered in an addiction treatment facility. While self-imposed manners of detox are common, our detox and recovery center in Florida has an abundance of resources and support for those struggling with the negative effects of withdrawal.
Medical detox teams, after assessing the state of the patient (reviewing what drugs they have taken, how long they have been taking them, if they have ever been to treatment before, etc.) will tailor a program specific to their needs.
Usually, these programs include a combination of prescribed medications, emotional support and supervision, nutrition, and sometimes even alternative medicine.
The main function of a medical detox team is to monitor the patient while they are progressing through treatment. The appearance of any kinds of discomfort or obvious struggle with withdrawal will indicate that some part of the process must be changed or even omitted completely.
A benefit of actually being in a medical detox center is that there is always a licensed professional available to discuss symptoms or provide any adjustments that may be needed.
Detoxification is not a perfect process. The duration is different for everyone depending on when reliance on the medication subsides and the patient feels they are stable enough to enter the next stage of treatment.
It is important to note that detoxification is absolutely not the only form of treatment an individual struggling with addiction should partake in. It should be followed by other forms of rehabilitation.
Our Detox Programs in Florida
Medical detox differs from other methods of detoxification in that withdrawal is medically managed through medication and therapy. For severe alcohol and drug withdrawal, which can be life-threatening, medical detox is a necessity.
The length and withdrawal symptom severity of a drug detox depends on which substance you use, how heavily you use it, how long you’ve been using it, and individual factors such as weight, metabolic rate, and genetics.
The medications and therapy used during drug detox likewise also depend on your particular situation. Drug detox can be used as the first step to recover from addiction to prescription drugs, opioids, and other controlled substances.
The first week of alcohol detoxification can be extremely difficult. Depending on the severity of your addiction, you may experience disorientation, seizures, and hallucinations during the first 2 days. From day 3 to 7, you may be at risk of developing life-threatening symptoms.
At our facility, medication and therapy are used to manage your symptoms and minimize their severity. Once finished, your treatment will focus on different activities, counseling, and other support options.
How We Make a Difference
Our Florida medical detox programs are designed to provide patients with all the resources and support they need to recover their lost health and mental wellness.
Our Other Services
Our medical detox center in Florida also provides the following services for addiction and mental health disorder treatment:
- Inpatient Rehab
- Outpatient Rehab
- Residential Inpatient Treatment
- Intensive Outpatient Treatment
- Partial Hospitalization
Detoxing safely means entering into a drug rehab program with medical detox. While challenging, the detox process is extremely rewarding for an addict who truly wants to change their life.
At Desert Rose Recovery, we provide our patients with the tools that they need to succeed in addiction recovery and beyond. Call 844-866-1075 to start your path to Recovery.