The first essential step to overcoming addiction is drug detox. This is the process of clearing the bloodstream of any traces of the substance or substances and stabilizing the patient while the brain and body return to normal. Call our trained treatment specialists today to learn more about this process.
According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, there are three steps in drug detox.
- Evaluation: It is essential to identify any traces of substances in the blood as well as the amount. This is also where medical personnel diagnose any mental illness or behavioral issues. (See: dual diagnosis)
- Stabilization: Here, the patient is guided, with medical supervision, through the process of detoxification. Medications may be used if needed. Withdrawal symptoms will make an appearance and be dealt with accordingly.
- Transition to Rehabilitation: While detoxification deals with the physical aspect of drug addiction, it is not until rehabilitation that the behavioral and psychological effects and aspects will be addressed.
Experiencing withdrawal is a major part of drug detox, as your brain and body are returning to equilibrium and relearning how to function properly. Our representatives would love to speak with you about how withdrawal affects this process and what to expect during drug detox.
There are both acute and post-acute withdrawal symptoms during the drug detox process. Acute are the physical symptoms, such as:
- Difficulty breathing
- Nausea, Vomiting
- Muscle tension
After the initial detox, post-acute symptoms emerge as emotional withdrawal. These symptoms include:
While withdrawal symptoms may seem overwhelming, remember that these will not last forever. Continually remind yourself that this hard work will be worth it to your continued, long lasting recovery. Call us any time at (888) 882-9251 to discuss detox options and what to expect while dealing with withdrawals. You are not alone in this process!