How Detox Works

Detoxification is the process of allowing the body to rid itself of an addictive substance while managing the symptoms of withdrawal, which vary with the type of drug. For example, physical symptoms of heroin withdrawal may include restlessness, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting, and cold flashes. These physical symptoms may last for several days, but the general depression, or dysphoria (opposite of euphoria), that often accompanies heroin withdrawal may last for weeks. In many cases, withdrawal can be easily treated with medications to ease the symptoms, but treating withdrawal is not the same as treating addiction.

Dealing With Detox

Medical Detoxification is a process that systematically and safely withdraws people from addicting drugs, usually under the care of a physician. The detoxification process is designed to treat the immediate bodily effects of stopping drug use and to remove toxins left in the body as a result of the chemicals found in drugs and/or alcohol.

Detoxification can be done on both an outpatient or inpatient basis. Inpatient detoxification allows the patient to be closely monitored, prevents use of the substance of abuse, and can speed up the process of detoxification. Outpatient detoxification has the advantage of being less disruptive to the patient’s life and less expensive. The choice of setting depends on many factors such as the drug of abuse, amount and length of history of abuse, psychosocial issues, patient’s age, and co-existing medical and/or psychiatric conditions among others. Contact us today!

Detoxification is not the same as addiction treatment.  It is only the first phase of treatment and recovery.

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