What To Expect From Addiction Detox
Detoxification is normally the first step towards a recovery for substance addictions, whether for alcoholism, prescription drugs or illegal substances. The process, which is also called withdrawal, cleans out the addictive substance from a person’s body and should therefore always be undertaken with professional supervision and monitoring in a medical environment.
An addiction treatment patient should never try to withdraw from alcohol or drugs without professional help, as this can be both extremely painful and physically dangerous to the point of being life-threatening.
Many addicts do not just have a mental or emotional compulsion to use drugs or alcohol, but also develop a physical dependency where they literally need the substance in the same way they need food or water.
Suddenly stopping the intake of the substance causes the addict’s body to go into a form of shock. This causes withdrawal symptoms, which vary in type and severity depending on the substance used and how long the person has been addicted.
It is also important to note that detox alone is not likely to result in the long-term recovery from an addiction. In fact detox is only the beginning of the recovery process, and once it is done then the patient is now ready to start their addiction rehabilitation programme in either a residential treatment centre or on an outpatient basis.
Once the physical craving has been addressed by detox, addicts then enter rehabilitation in order to gain the psychological and emotional support they need to identify and address the underlying problems which cause their addiction. This is what will help them recover in the long term as well as give them advice and coping strategies so they can avoid relapse.