How Drug & Alcohol Detox Works
The first step in achieving recovery, drug and alcohol detox is both a delicate and necessary process. Upon entering a detox program, an individual will be assessed by a team of addiction professionals. Detox will take place under strict medical supervision, ensuring each individual’s health and safety.
In this critical early stage of abstinence and withdrawal, the suffering individual may experience physical, emotional, and psychological effects. In a secure detox setting, professionals are equipped to treat these effects, recognizing the fragility of the individual’s condition. A good example of this is alcohol withdrawal. A person suffering from alcohol withdrawal may experience delirium tremens or seizures. A medical detox is equipped and can prescribe specific medications to make the process safer and also more comfortable. Medications are given in doses everyday to help manage pain and any dangerous symptoms. Over a period of time the dosage of said medications will be lowered until the addictive substance is totally out the body.
People often believe that detox qualifies as treatment and it is important to realize that the two are very different. Detox is merely the physical cleansing of the body. Finding long term sobriety, most often requires some form of further treatment that includes counseling and holistic therapies. Getting down to root causes and conditions as to why the individual abuses substances will be key. Upon completing detox, an individual will be encouraged to further their recovery through a complementary program. As the body recovers, the mind must also recover. Subsequent substance abuse programs are designed to address the aftereffects of detox, creating capacity for lifelong recovery.
The above service is not part of the RECO Intensive addiction treatment program. However, we recognize that it is necessary and vital to one’s long-term sobriety. If you or a loved one require any services that we do not offer we would be glad to refer you to one of our trusted affiliates.