The detox process is something that many patients fear when attempting to seek treatment for their addiction. When the process is managed and completed by trained professionals; however, it makes it more likely that individuals will receive the help they need without having to worry about the many symptoms that come with addiction withdrawal.
To help you better understand the detox process, let’s take a look at some of the things that you should know:
Understanding the Detox Process
As expected, the type of treatment that an individual goes through during the detox process will depend on the type and severity of the addiction. This is one of the many reasons that screening and assessment is necessary, as it enables counselors to gain a better understanding of how to treat an individual’s addiction.
In recent years, it has become more evident to counselors that there is a need to design the detox process on a case-by-case basis. Following a generic process for every individual is obviously not going to be successful for most patients.
One of the biggest questions that will need to be answered during assessment is whether the patient will require medication too successfully complete detox. This will, again, depend on the type and severity of the addiction.
It should also be noted that not all addictions even require that a detox process is completed prior to therapy. While addictions to heroin, opiates, and alcohol often do require medication and the completion of the detox process, addictions to substances like marijuana or cocaine generally do not.
Withdrawal symptoms include, but are not limited to: