The first step of treatment is getting drugs or alcohol out of your system. The withdrawal process can be unpleasant, and in the case of certain substances—such as alcohol or benzos—life-threatening. Many people relapse before getting any long-term sobriety because of these uncomfortable symptoms. The purpose of medical detox is to help you withdraw safely, and as comfortably as possible.
At a detox facility, you work with both medical and mental health professionals. Nursing staff is available around-the-clock to monitor your symptoms. Depending on a number of factors—including the substance of abuse and level of physical addiction—medical staff may provide medication to help ease some symptoms and reduce the dangers of withdrawal.
You also receive emotional support while you detox. Mental health professionals monitor your mental health the same way nursing staff monitor your physical health.
Your detox program is based on your unique experience. Your care team considers the substance of abuse, the severity of your use, the length of time you used, and a number of other factors when deciding on a treatment plan. While an individual’s using patterns play a major part in decisions made for treatment, each substance has a general withdrawal pattern.
–Alcohol withdrawal is among the most dangerous. It can cause seizures, hallucinations, tremors, and more. Especially with severe alcohol use, it is important to detox under the care of a medical professional.
-Medical detox for Benzodiazepines is also crucial. Benzo withdrawal can cause skin-crawling sensations, racing pulse, muscle spasms, panic attacks, and more. It can be a very unpleasant experience, but physicians at a detox facility will keep you as comfortable as possible.
-Symptoms of opioid withdrawal may include nausea and vomiting, rapid heartbeat, digestive issues, and other uncomfortable sensations.
-Withdrawal from stimulants such as methamphetamine or cocaine can cause Anxiety, Depression, fatigue, psychosis, and other symptoms.
You cannot deal with the underlying causes of your substance use until you remove the substance. After a medically supervised detox, you will move on to the next stages of treatment—and start working towards long-term recovery.
If you are struggling with a Substance Use Disorder and looking to detox, there is hope. You don’t have to go at it alone. Amatus Recovery Centers provides medical detox—as well as all levels of care—to guide you through the stages of treatment. At our recovery centers across the country, you will feel safe and supported as you gradually break free from substances. To find out more, call an admissions specialist at 410-593-0005.