By: Sol Recovery Center 17 Jun 2015

WHAT IS DRUG DETOX?

People often wonder, “What is drug detox?” Drug detoxification is the process of ridding the body of the toxins that build up when abusing drugs. Attending a drug detox treatment program gives someone with a drug problem a supervised period of time away from drugs so that he or she can be physically freed from the drugs and be prepared to move on to a higher-level of rehab treatment.

Drug detox treatment will vary for each person depending upon factors like:

  • Age
  • History of dug abuse
  • Medical condition

Physicians may prescribe a medically managed drug detox depending upon the drugs that were being used. In such a case, there will be a short course of prescribed medicine that may help soften drug withdrawal symptoms.

Drug detox is usually combined with counseling and behavioral therapies, like one of the outpatient treatment programs offered at SOL Recovery Center in Arizona.

WHAT ARE DRUG DETOX WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS?

Depending upon the drug, withdrawal syndrome (the name for all of the drug detox withdrawal symptoms taken together) can be a potentially life-threatening condition.

Depending upon a patient’s history of drug abuse, drug detox withdrawal symptoms can begin as soon as a few hours after drug use stops, and can last from a few days to several weeks.

MILD DRUG WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS CAN INCLUDE:

▪   Hand tremors
▪   Mild anxiety
▪   Insomnia
▪   Nausea and vomiting
▪   Headache

MORE SEVERE DRUG WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS CAN INCLUDE:

▪   Seizures
▪   Rapid heartbeat
▪   Disorientation
▪   Severe anxiety
▪   Profuse sweating
▪   Severe tremors
▪   Confusion

Benzodiazepines (drugs like valium) have dangerous, and sometimes deadly, detox withdrawal symptoms. Anyone trying to quit benzos should speak with a doctor first.

If you or a loved one experiences severe drug withdrawal symptoms, you should seek immediate medical assistance. If you have a medical history that includes infections, heart or lung disease, or seizures, you should contact your physician before stopping drugs.

CALL US FOR DRUG DETOX AND DRUG ADDICTION HELP

If you’re still wondering, “What is drug detox”, or you need help with drug detox, SOL Recovery Center can help you get placed in a professional, licensed, insurance-friendly detox center in AZ that can help.

Call our Arizona rehab center today for a free consultation to find out what drug detox therapy programs may be available for you or your loved one. Call our rehab facilities in AZ – 24 hours a day – at 866-239-1700 or contact us here.

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