Why Should you Consider Detox?
Many people worry about detoxifying from alcohol and other drugs, but there is no reason for you to be afraid.
SOL Recovery Center knows that getting clean is a critical first step in the recovery process. That’s why we work with our clients to arrange seamless referrals to medically supervised detox programs. Whether you are considering higher-level treatment with SOL Recovery Center or not, we can help get you placed in a detox program where you can break your dependence on substances.
Detoxification and withdrawal management are important parts of recovering from addiction to alcohol and other drugs and provide ways to minimize the physical and psychological impact of withdrawal symptoms.
Prior to entering our Arizona drug and alcohol rehab center, clients begin the process of detoxification and withdrawal. Depending upon the substances involved and duration of the substance abuse problem, detox may be best accomplished with the assistance of an experienced and qualified professional. Generally speaking, the longer a person has been abusing substances, the tougher the detoxification process is likely to be.
While detox is a critical first step in the recovery process, the journey doesn’t end there. Comprehensive rehab and treatment should be considered for anyone looking to recover from addiction. SOL Recovery Center provides the help clients need to move from detox to addiction recovery.
What is Substance Abuse Detox?
Substance abuse detox is the process of cleansing the body of the toxins that have built up in the substance user’s system through prolonged and untreated drug or alcohol abuse. This is a delicate process that, if not managed by a trained medical professional. For some substances, detox can include the risk of serious long-term health complications, and even death. We can place you in an alcohol and drug detox that can help you through the process as comfortably and safely as possible, so you can focus on recovery.
What is Withdrawal Syndrome?
Prolonged and untreated abuse of alcohol and other drugs causes users to develop tolerance. As the tolerance gets stronger, they need more and more of the substance to experience the same initial “buzz” or “high” as when they first started using. The body and brain grow accustomed to the increasing use of drugs and alcohol and eventually require still more substances.
When an individual who has been using drugs and alcohol for a long time suddenly stops, the body can react harshly when the accustomed supply of these substances stops — this is withdrawal syndrome and this is where the line between substance abuse and chemical dependency gets crossed. The body, brain and central nervous system undergo significant changes that lead to withdrawal symptoms and may require medical intervention to help ease the process.
Some of the substances that yield the most severe withdrawal periods include:
- Prescription Drugs
(narcotics, sedatives, etc.)
The very thought of withdrawal and can wind up discouraging users from seeking detox and addiction treatment altogether. It’s important to remember, however, that getting clean is an important first step in the recovery process and that withdrawal is much more easily managed with medical supervision. Once clients successfully complete detox, they are ready to undergo rehab and behavior modification. SOL Recovery Center links clients with reputable and compassionate detox facilities.
Alcohol and Drug Detox Withdrawal Symptoms
The type of and severity of withdrawal symptoms that patients experience depends largely on the type of substance(s) they’ve been using and for how long. These symptoms can be life-threatening and attempting to manage these symptoms on one’s own is incredibly difficult and usually results in relapse.
Some of the more common physical and psychological substance abuse withdrawal symptoms include:
- Depression and anxiety
- Social isolation
- Accelerated heartbeat
- Intestinal distress (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, etc.)
- Excessive sweating
- Extreme fluctuations in body temperature
If you or a loved one are experiencing these symptoms, you should seek medical assistance immediately. SOL Recovery Center can provide prompt referrals to detox programs that are equipped to handle your needs.
How Long Is the Detox Process?
Patients entering a detox program will stay in treatment for the period of time recommended by their physician and the detox center. Detox generally lasts anywhere between 7-14 days, but individual results vary.
Benefits of Alcohol and Drug Detox
Detox allows the body to gradually revert to normal function so clients can get clean and maintain their sobriety. The process increases energy, builds strength, and helps to restore the mental clarity needed to focus on long-term recovery goals. Detox helps users feel more like “themselves” again, but without relying on toxic and deadly substances.
Drug and Alcohol Detox is usually combined with counseling and behavioral therapies, like one of the treatment programs offered by SOL Recovery Center’s Scottsdale rehab center.
What Can You Do?
Representatives at our Arizona drug and alcohol rehab center are standing by 24/7 to answer any questions you may have about detox or the withdrawal process. The longer you wait to get the help you need; the worst your symptoms are likely to be. Call SOL Recovery Center at 866-239-1700 and let us connect you to the help that you need.