Detoxification is the first stage in most treatment programs. It is key to cleanse the body of the chemicals and toxins associated with drug and alcohol abuse when beginning the healing process. There is a variety of detoxification processes available to help you work through the physical dependency you have developed to drugs or alcohol, each holding its own benefits to your recovery.
What is Detoxification?
Detoxification is the process in which the body is cleansed of the chemicals and toxins associated with drug or alcohol abuse. This takes place during the withdrawal period, the individual may experience an array of uncomfortable, even painful, symptoms of withdrawal. Using medications, various techniques and therapeutic practices the individual is aided through this period and prepared for the remainder of their treatment.
Medical detox is the most common form of detoxification used in treatment of alcohol or drug abuse. This treatment can take place in a hospital or an rehabilitation center. The patient is monitored by doctors and substance abuse specialists to ensure their health and safety during treatment. They will receive medications to ease symptoms of withdrawal and cravings, offering the patient comfort. The patient will also undergo therapy sessions during this time to help them cope with the changes in their body and ensure that they complete the detox process.
Many patients will choose to detox from drugs or alcohol naturally. This can be done in the comfort of their own home, within a hospital or treatment facility. If the patient choose to do so within their own home they will take part in an outpatient treatment program where they return to the center daily for monitoring and drug testing. In a hospital or treatment facility the patient is monitored and supported during this period. They will be offered therapies and techniques to help them overcome withdrawal and maintain their sobriety.
The rapid detox process is typically used for those suffering from severe alcoholism or opioid addictions. This detoxification process takes place in a hospitals ICU ward. The patient will be monitored 24-7 to ensure their health and safety, they will be placed into a medically induced coma during which time they will receive medications for pain and to flush the drugs or alcohol from their body. When the patient is stable and past the most difficult portion of the withdrawal period they will be woken and prepared for the remainder of their treatment within the rehab facility.