What Does Detoxification Mean?
Detoxification is what happens when the body no longer is receiving the drug or alcohol that it is used to and starts to rid itself of the toxins that have been poured into the body for so long. Withdrawals will set in during the detoxification period as the addicts body attempts to normalize itself and fix the damage that has occurred during the addicts period of substance abuse. Withdrawal symptoms can range from mild to extremely severe and can even cause death. This is why it is so important to be medically monitored while the body is going through the detoxification process. Medical professionals can prescribe medications that will alleviate some of the symptoms of withdrawals and make the detoxification process easier as well as safer. Some drugs that can cause death need medications to ensure that the detox process does not do permanent harm to the body of the addict. If you are unsure if you or your loved ones needs to medically detox it is best to reach out to a professional. We are here to help you through the process of starting recovery at anytime. We have offered services to people in the VA area for over a decade, and we are ready to serve you. Call us at (804) 336-3087 to begin today before any more damage is done.
What are Detoxification Programs Like?
Detoxification and Stabilization programs can take place in a variety of different settings. Some programs are clinical detox programs which take place in a hospital like setting and then there are also residential treatment centers where clients are in luxury style homes and the staff takes care of them in the house setting. Clients may have 12-step meetings hosted for them in the home or other activities to take their mind off of the detoxification process. Medication is usually given with the goal of keeping the clients as comfortable and safe as possible while the detoxification process runs it’s course. Due to the varying levels of drug use and the differences between types of drugs there is no way to definitively say how long the detoxification will take but most programs are anywhere from one to two weeks long. At the end of the detox the client should go to a more long term treatment to treat the underlying causes of drug addiction now that they have a clear mind.
Are Detox and Rehab Different?
Like any good plan, a plan for your recovery should be thorough and complete. Detox is simply the process of getting the rest of the drugs and toxins out of the body and should not be confused with substance abuse treatment although it is a great start on the path to lasting recovery. The work shouldn’t end there though. It is important to not only heal the body but to do some work on the mind as well. The physical addiction to the substance is only half the problem. For lasting recovery an addict must get to the underlying causes of their drug use and retrain the pathways in their brain to automatically resort to better coping mechanisms when life gets hard. After inpatient rehab it is important to have an aftercare plane made up so that recovery doesn’t end there. When someone has been using drug or alcohol for an extended length of time then a few weeks in rehab isn’t going to be sufficient. They need a supportive and safe environment where they can continue working on their program while they re-enter the real world with real temptation. We can help you with all of this. If you are in the VA area, call us now at (804) 336-3087 to speak to a recovery professional and make a plan.