Our Detox Process

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:

Extreme Depression
Issues with Concentration
Decreased Appetite
Severe Fatigue
Runny Nose
Inability to Sleep
Trembling or Shaking
Rapid Heart Rate
Troubled Breathing
Muscle Tension and Pain
Heart Attack

The Safety Risks Associated with the Detox Process

When an individual is addicted to a certain substance, withdrawal can be expected. The severity of the withdrawals will depend on the substance that the individual is addicted to, although some type of withdrawal symptoms is usually present.

With this in mind, professionals who have a complete understanding of what is required to complete the detoxification process must manage this. The consequences of attempting to detox without the help of trained professionals can be severe, and sometimes even deadly.

There are several withdrawal symptoms that should be noted and immediately dealt with through medical intervention if an individual is experiencing them. Some of the most significant symptoms include things like extreme depression, nausea, hallucinations, intense pain, rapid heart rate, agitation, trouble breathing, and sometimes even heart attacks, strokes, or seizures.

It should again be reiterated that no one should ever attempt to detox without the help of trained professionals and the confines of a rehab facility. This advice should be taken seriously as not heeding it can lead to deadly results.

How is the Need for Detox Identified?

Most rehab facilities and counselors have extensive screening and assessment periods where they can determine whether an individual is in need of detoxification. While screening is a fairly simple process that simply identifies whether an individual is in need of treatment, the assessment period is where counselors can analyze and identify the need for detox.

During the assessment period, counselors can gain a better understanding of how to go about helping an individual maneuver through the detox process. They use several techniques to identify the unique needs of the patient and can therefore move forward to design something that is most likely to work for them.

As has been mentioned, detoxification is not required for every patient seeking treatment. The screening and assessment period also gives counselors the opportunity to identify whether this is necessary.

medical needle detoxChoosing the Right Place to Complete Detoxification

For the detox process to be successful, it is imperative that you choose to complete the process with a staff and within a facility that you are comfortable with. Therefore, choosing the right place to complete detoxification should be considered as an important task.

To make the right decision about this, essentially you research potential facilities that may best fit your needs. Asking about things such as overall experience, quality of facility, and their past success with patients are a must. In addition, it is recommended that you choose somewhere that provides plenty of outdoor activities to aid in keeping your mind off what the detox process involves.

At the end of the day, completing detox is essential for most patients looking to regain their lives and successfully complete rehab. With that in mind, it is recommended that you gain some level of comfort with the facility and staff with whom you will be completing the detox process prior to making a decision.

If you have any questions concerning detox and withdrawal during the rehabilitation process, call us at 855-422-5826. We can answer your questions and help get you or a family member into detox.