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Drug Detox


Detoxification flushes or gets rid of all the drug’s toxic poisons and refines the addict’s body so they will no longer have to suffer from the unwanted effects of drugs. Drug detox treatment is vital when someone new is coming into a recovery based program. Without going through any kind of detox, toxins from drugs will remain inside the body and cause mental and physical cravings, which can then later cause a recovering addict to relapse.

The first step to a successful detox is making an appointment with a medical professional or a treatment facility that specializes in drug treatment. Finding a detox center can be hard and scary but the most effective way of ensuring the best possible outcome is finding a detox that offers aftercare such as counseling or therapy during the detoxification process. Remember, going through drug detox is not equal to treatment.

The next step is entering a treatment center that specializes in your addiction. Many drug treatment centers offer traditional methods of recovery such as 12-step programs, educational counseling and behavioral therapy. In addition, some drug treatment centers offer treatment that narrows down on a person’s physical health, mental health, and spiritual health. Lastly, when entering a drug treatment center be sure to see if they offer a dual diagnosis treatment program. Dual diagnosis can help treat underlying issues such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, personality disorders, and anxiety.

The main goal to a successful drug detox is to fully rid of all toxins left from all the drug use. The severity of the withdrawal symptoms will depend upon how strong the drug use was. All of the symptoms of drug withdrawal can be monitored and possibly eliminated through proper drug treatment plans. A successful drug detoxification program will provide medical and supervised care. Some drug detox withdrawals include; cravings, headaches, nausea, agitation, sweating, vomiting, shaking, sleeplessness, confusion, depression, diarrhea, and anxiety.

When choosing a drug treatment center be sure to find one that offers an aftercare program. Affective aftercare programs include outpatient programs, support groups, and sober living. Outpatient programming is where an addict goes to check in with counselors or has counseling groups. The support groups are very important to an addict new in recovery because most of them are 12-step based. This also provides opportunities to meet other addicts suffering from the same problem. Lastly, a sober living environment is there to give the addict a chance to live in a sober household and eventually adjust into the real world.

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