Deciding to enter a drug detox program takes courage. Many people make the mistake of remaining in denial about their or their loved ones substance abuse for too long. This results in lost time and damage to dreams, relationships, and health. Choosing to proactively address substance abuse puts you or your loved one on the road to recovery.
Finding the right drug detox program can never be taken lightly. Drug detox works best when clients stay throughout the entire program. The chances of clients choosing to complete detox and rehab are greatly enhanced when they choose the right type of program. Here are a few tips to help:
Religious or Traditional Based
This is a purely personal decision. Both approaches work for the right clients. The key is considering what you or your loved one’s needs really are.
Medically Supervised Detox
When clients must endure severe and dangerous withdrawal effects, medically supervised detox becomes a necessity. The illness experienced by many people addicted to opioids or heroin can be so severe that they cannot withdraw safely outside of a medical setting. Severe alcohol withdrawal can cause extreme spikes in blood pressure, hallucinations, convulsions, and unconsciousness.
Many people that wish to quit drugs or alcohol find it impossible because of these extreme symptoms. For that reason, an inpatient, medically supervised detox provides the answer. Patients are prescribed medications that manage these withdrawal symptoms. They also receive medical treatment for any co-occurring medical conditions, some of which are aggravated by the withdrawal process. Clients also benefit from being away from environments where they used drugs or alcohol.
Withdrawal takes from one to several weeks, depending on the type of drug withdrawal and the length and quantity of use. Though sometimes uncomfortable, the withdrawal process is natural and necessary. During this time, the body adjusts to the drug’s absence.
Detox Plus Rehab
Some centers provide detox while others provide detox plus rehab. The process of completing both detox and rehab usually takes between 30 and 90 days. If the client has the ability to attend both detox and rehab, he or she has the greatest chance of success.
Rehab provides therapy aimed at helping clients live a drug and alcohol free life after they leave the drug treatment center. Counseling, cognitive therapy, and group therapy help clients build the skills and support they need to remain sober. Rehab drastically reduces relapse rates.
Finding the right detox treatment program gives you or your loved one the best chances for a positive experience. The most important thing is taking the first step. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day. Call 800-737-0933