Some addictive substances and prescription drugs can cause unbearable withdrawal effects.
These effects are very hard on the body, and it is dangerous to stop the drug use at once. Medical Detox helps the addict to safely detox from the drugs while making your attain the same pleasures got from drugs.
Most recoveries begin with Detoxification which clears the body of the toxins accumulated during the period of drug use. Once the physical addiction has been addressed, the process of mental and emotional healing can begin.
Some drugs, like heroin and other opiates, narcotic prescription painkillers such as Hydrocodone, Oxycontin, Lortab, Vicodin, and Xanax, combined with alcohol can cause an overwhelming physical dependence. Consequently, extremely painful withdrawal symptoms are experienced when drug use is stopped.
These symptoms can range in severity, and include everything from intense cravings, shaking, sweating, nausea, vomiting, hallucinations, headaches, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, inability to sleep, seizures, anxiety, depression, confusion, and agitation.
The process of Medical Detox seeks to lessen the severity of these symptoms by weaning the body from the addictive substance and simultaneously providing relief from the symptoms associated with withdrawal.
Medical Detox is accomplished under the supervision of a doctor or other qualified medical professional, in Detox centres.
Depending on the drug the body is being weaned from and the length and amount of its consumption, the detox program can vary. In cases where the withdrawal symptoms are less severe, a medical detox program may consist solely of providing medications to ease the discomfort of the symptoms, such as anti-nausea drugs, anti-anxiety drugs, and anti-depressants. In more severe cases, such as severe addictions to heroin, prescription painkillers, or other narcotics, decreasing doses of a drug similar to the addictive substance are also administered, effectively tapering the amount consumed and thus weaning the body from the addictive drug over time, without the painful side effects caused by stopping use at the height of physical addiction.
* On average, Medical Detox takes one to four weeks.
Regardless of the particular method used, Medical Detox can be a tremendous asset to the recovery process because it seeks to minimize the pain and discomfort of detox, and thus decreases the desire to keep using, that often ends up defeating the recovery before it can even really begin. There is a program suited to the unique needs of every individual.
* Therefore Detox Centers are of prime importance to drug addicts.*