What is Detox?
Detoxification is the stage of addiction treatment where a person cleanses their body from toxins leftover from substance abuse. The process of detox depends on the substance being abused. Some require the patient to slowly lower their dose, while others allow for a more abrupt cut. There are some drugs, like benzos, that can be replaced and slowly weaned down, too.
A detox center is the first stepping stone when it comes to a full treatment program. Without detox, treatment can be anywhere from bothersome to nearly unbearable. Due to the symptoms caused by detox, patients can have a hard time sitting through sessions of treatment. The body and mind need the time to flush out the harmful substances, rebalance, and heal before starting treatment.
Some people experience a lot of mental confusion and difficulty focusing when detoxing. The chemical and hormonal imbalances can bring on a lot of extreme moods and behavior as well. Patients also face problems with anxiety and depression frequently, even to the point of feeling suicidal. For that and many reasons, people need to undergo detoxification before actively starting their substance abuse treatment.
Just as it is with the detoxing process, the symptoms experienced will also differ depending on what the patient is quitting. Withdrawal tends to be a major obstacle for individuals trying to end their battle with addiction. While each drug and/or alcoholic substance will trigger different withdrawal symptoms, the most commonly reported ones are:
- Nightmares, night terrors, and/or insomnia
- Extreme changes in mood
- Fevers, goosebumps, and/or chills
- Anxiety, agitation, and/or restlessness
- Sweating, tearing eyes, and producing more bodily fluids than usual
- Muscle aches and/or stiffness, abdominal pain, and cramps
- Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea
- Irregular/accelerated heartbeat (arrhythmia)
There are, however, other concerns when it comes to detoxing and its effects. A lot of people have issues with dehydration as they try to detox, which can cause more serious issues. Those trying to detox on their own might not be able to replace all the fluids they are losing.
Other more serious symptoms are also reported by people trying to quit drugs such as crystal meth, crack cocaine, etc. For example, seizures are often experienced by people trying to quit benzos and even alcohol. Likewise, patients also report having hallucinations, which can put them in risky situations, to begin with.
While these sound unpleasant, they are a part of your journey needed to reach your goal of sobriety. Everyone needs to go through it – but it does not always have to be so painful.
Medically-Assisted Detox: The Safer Choice
Detoxing can be much better if you have proper medical and psychiatric supervision available to you. You do not need to quit by yourself before starting treatment. Quitting cold turkey (at once and completely) might be a lot for many to handle, and at times, not recommended for some specific substances.
People trying to quit without medical supervision might be setting themselves up for failure, and even risking their health. For the most moderate cases, most symptoms can be managed with over-the-counter drugs. But if they start to become too intense, it is hard to say what someone can do to try to stop these symptoms.
Other symptoms, however, are not so easily contained through home remedies or over-the-counter medication. Feelings of paranoia and extreme anxiety could be handled with prescription medication that should only be administered by a licensed professional. Trying to take them at their own risk can also trigger other serious issues, or affect the brain in an unpredictable way.
It is not rare for people to decide to take “one little dose” once onset starts, as even perhaps a desperate attempt to lessen their symptoms. This, however, can make the body go into shock, possibly leading to death. At best, it can start a relapse process that might put them right back where they were.
Under proper psychiatric and medical supervision, all of these issues can be avoided. By being in a controlled environment, patients will not put themselves in risky situations. They will also lower their chances of relapsing during detox and treatment. Most importantly, professionals can help with pain management in a safe way while also avoiding additional serious side effects.
Medically-assisted detox will make the patient suffer less and have a safer transition. All of this with a trained team that can easily perform any emergency procedures should this be the case. It can be the difference between getting sober safely and not making it. But once detox is done, however, this does not mean the work is over.
What Comes After Detox?
While detox is important for recovery, it is only the first stage of addiction treatment. Once the physical symptoms of withdrawal are under control, other issues caused by addiction need to be addressed properly. Addiction is a brain disease, and as such, it is about more than just toxins or the chemical aspect of dependency.
In order to truly get to the root of the problem, patients must receive substance abuse treatment. This stage consists of therapy, counseling, relapse prevention, and any additional therapeutic activities. Psychiatric treatment is meant to address behavior, causes of addiction, traumas, and help the patient understand themselves better.
Another important pillar of psychiatric treatment is relapse prevention. Patients can learn to recognize signs and triggers for relapse, control their cravings better, and learn techniques to handle them. They can be a lot for someone to deal with without the right tools and information, and treatment will help with just that.
The service setting for psychiatric treatment, however, varies from patient to patient. They usually fall under the inpatient and outpatient categories. The first consists of 24/7 supervision and help, as patients stay in the facility until the end of treatment. The latter, however, only requires that the patient go back to the center for sessions of treatment. The number of visits needed can range anywhere from 3 to even 6 times a week.
Doctors will recommend a treatment program after doing a proper assessment of the patient. They need to find out about one’s family history, mental health disorders, and general health, along with other details. All of these factors need to be taken into account in order to assign a patient to the right option of treatment.
Aftercare would be the last, necessary stage of addiction treatment. Recovering former addicts need to continue their psychiatric and/or therapeutic activities. This final phase has a role that is just as important as the former two in avoiding relapse and staying sober. Joining support groups, like AA or NA, is also vital for the patient to continue developing a set of skills needed to continue being sober.
In order to have a fighting chance, patients must go through all of these stages. They also need to have a healthy, safe living environment to come home to, with support from their loved ones. For those who believe they will not have that at home, there is always the option of sober living. While it is impossible to avoid all and every possible trigger out there, the more a person can avoid, the better their chances are.
Programs Available Through An La Detox Center
An LA detox center provides the care and support necessary to help individuals go through detox safely and successfully. Instead of struggling through the process on your own, turn to a detox center that gives you the help and encouragement you need. When medical intervention is necessary to keep you safe, a medical professional at your LA detox center can administer the dosage you need.
Taking the first step towards living life in sobriety can feel impossible. However, addiction might be the only thing standing between you and your life-long goals. At LA Detox Center, individuals can make their dreams and a sober life both a reality.
Once detox is complete, clients can focus on starting their addiction treatment program. Here, they can concentrate on working past their cravings, managing their triggers, and preventing relapse. Safe, comfortable detox at a detox center helps the body begin to heal so that each individual can focus on their mental and spiritual needs.
An LA detox center can provide a range of programs, therapies, and treatments essential to achieving recovery. Through this full continuum of care, you give yourself the best chance possible at living a sober life.
Treatment Programs Available include:
- Heroin Addiction Treatment
- Marijuana Addiction Treatment
- Opiate Addiction Treatment
- Alcohol Addiction Treatment
- Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment
- Cocaine Addiction Treatment
- Suboxone Addiction treatment
- Methamphetamine Addiction Treatment
Common addiction therapy services available through an LA detox center include the following:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy
- Psychodrama Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Trauma Therapy
- Group Therapy
How to Begin Your Journey
Are you ready to take your first step towards recovery? Do you want to take back control of your life and break free from the cycle of addiction? Contact us today to learn about your options and how to get started. Find your will, and we will show you the way.