Drug and Alcohol Detox
Detoxification is the process of eliminating a drug from your body while simultaneously managing the symptoms of withdrawal from overuse and abuse of drugs or alcohol. More often than not, drug and alcohol detox can feel like a daunting task because managing the symptoms of withdrawal can often be very painful. However, it is the first step in recovery from substance abuse.
Detox should be followed up with behavioral therapy, or medication, if necessary. Addiction experts recommend that detox without follow-up is not conducive to successful recovery.
At Serenity Care Centers, our primary detoxing goal is to rid the body of the harmful substances that are present from prolonged drug or alcohol abuse, so that you or your loved one can begin healing both mentally and physically after being dependent on a substance. For an individual to truly overcome addiction, drug and alcohol detox needs to be followed up by a treatment program. At Serenity Care Centers, we recommend our clients enter treatment after detox to begin the next stage of the continuum of care.
Depending on the drug you or your loved one may be struggling with, the time required for withdrawal and the severity of withdrawal symptoms will vary. The symptoms may include restlessness, muscle and bone pain, diarrhea, vomiting, cold flashes, seizures, delirium, coma, or even death.
Detoxification and withdrawal may not make complete sense without explaining how the body becomes addicted to the substance in the first place.
When a person uses a chemical or substance for a long time, the chemistry of their body, mainly in their brain, is altered. When the substance enters the body, it induces great feelings of pleasure through the release of dopamine. This rush of pleasure causes the person to repeat those actions. As the person becomes more and more dependent on the substance, the person needs larger quantities to elicit the same response.
When thinking about taking this first important step in your recovery it’s important to choose a facility with licensed medical professionals to help you through this process.
The professionals at Serenity Care Centers understand the fear and anxiety you may experience once you choose to begin your recovery journey. We offer many options for you or your loved one to feel as comfortable as possible as they begin this arduous task.
If you are interested in learning more about how we can help, please call us today at 855-302-2902. We can get to work right away to get you or your loved one on the way to greater happiness and sobriety as soon as possible.