Drug Detox

Drug Detox

Steps Recovery Center recognizes how vital the mind, body, and spirit are in their connection to the whole person. We take a holistic approach to treating those in drug detox and relatable disorders that may contribute to their substance abuse; this includes treating the whole person, and find that it tends to be more successful, especially since addiction affects every aspect of a person’s life. With a customized and individualized program, a holistic approach just makes sense. It affords an opportunity to meet the patient’s physical and psychological needs and allows them to engage physically, emotionally, and mentally.
What is Drug Detoxification?
Detox is the process of cleaning your body from drugs so that a person can begin the process of addiction recovery. The express purpose of detoxing from drugs in a recovery center is to safely manage symptoms under the care and support of trained and experienced staff. Everyone has a unique experience with detox, with the type of drug(s) used and the length affecting what detox will look like on their journey. Sometimes, it’s best to use medication to help individuals detox from drugs since it can take anywhere from days to months to get through withdrawal symptoms for most drugs. Depending on several factors, the length of withdrawal can be influenced by:
  • Type of substance abused
  • Duration of addiction
  • The severity of the addiction
  • Method of abuse (smoking, snorting, injecting, swallowing)
  • Amount of substance the user takes at one time
  • Family history
  • Genetic makeup
  • Overlapping medical condition
  • Underlying mental health conditions
 Many recovery centers implement medically-assisted detox.
Detoxing from Home
It’s dangerous to detox without medical supervision. Quitting cold turkey can be deadly, and without professional care and support, it can lead to severe effects, including severe dehydration and seizures. Inpatient and outpatient detox programs help prevent dangerous complications. Those with severe addiction should seek inpatient detox, which includes 24-hour support and monitoring.
The Detox Process
Although people have different experiences in the detox process, there are typically three steps in most cases; these include evaluation, stabilization, and preparing entry into treatment.
  • Evaluation involves a medical team that screens incoming patients for physical and mental health issues. Doctors use blood tests to check the number of drugs in the patient’s blood, so they know how much medication to give. They also go in-depth on the drug(s), medical, and psychiatric histories.
  • Stabilization is the next step with the use of medical and psychological therapy and to prevent any harm to the patient. It’s at this time when doctors prescribe addiction treatment medications that help prevent complications and decrease withdrawal symptoms.
  • Preparing entry into treatment is the last step and gets the patient ready for the treatment process by ensuring they know what to expect. Inpatient rehab centers are the best chances of success after detoxification.
Drug Detox Side Effects
There are many side effects regarding drug detox, and each person will be different and experience side effects differently. These include:
  • Mood swings
  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness or anxiety
  • Poor sleep
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Body aches
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Tremors or shaking
  • Sweating
Again, side effects from detox depend on several factors; you may experience some or most. The key is having support and medical care to minimize these side effects. Drug detox is the first part of addiction recovery, as well as treating any underlying psychological issues. As part of the treatment, recovery centers will use counselors, psychologists, nurses, therapists, and psychiatrists to accomplish that goal.