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Every detox process is designed to stop drug or alcohol abuse and put the individual on the road to recovery. Whether it is the first or the fifth time an individual is going through detox; this is where substance addiction rehabilitation typically starts or start over. However, because drug withdrawal symptoms can exacerbate existing medical problems or trigger a medical crisis; some do-it-yourself detox stories have ended tragically.

As such, people seeking to halt chronic consumption of drugs or alcohol are always cautioned against sudden cessation or detoxing without appropriate medical oversight. While the detox process is an important and critical phase of any drug intervention program; it does not address or treat the root cause addiction.

As recovering addict Kerriann said in her detox story; “I had been through over 20 detox programs and thought all I needed to do was take care of the physical part of my addiction.”  As she explained, it wasn’t until she decided to go beyond the detox process and accept treatment that she was able to change the way she thought and alter the negative patterns of behavior that kept her trapped in the cycles of addiction.  

For most people struggling with a substance abuse problem, going through the detox process can be the most difficult and disheartening.  In cases where the symptoms of withdrawal are particularly painful or grueling, recognizing that there is still a long road ahead before sustainable sobriety can be achieved can cause many people to relapse rather than stay the course.  It is during this phase that friends and family can help to encourage and support the recovering addict in their rehabilitation goals.  

In recounting her survival story after her sister’s death, Munchie Morgan highlight a request for pictures of people holding up signs in support of her sister Sarah to help a friend that was being released from detox after a setback in her recovery process. Within hours after posting the request on her Facebook page “over 100 people had sent me messages of support for her” Morgan said. The particular detox process selected for each individual is based on diagnostic evaluation that help to clarify for the treatment team the type and number of drugs being taken, the dosages, the patient’s current physical and mental status and the potential for life-threatening reactions. The duration of the detoxification process can also vary widely from person to person.  While it can occur quickly for some individuals, many experience a long and difficult journey as accumulated toxins are eliminated from the body. Drug withdrawals have been known to produce mild to acute symptoms such as:

  • Chills, sweating and fever
  • Shaking and tremors
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety, irritability and agitation
  • Insomnia
  • Depression and suicidal thoughts and attempts
  • Seizures
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Respiratory discomfort

These symptoms can vary based on the drug and the individual’s reaction to the withdrawal process.  The severity of the withdrawal symptoms experienced during detox can also escalate quickly to become life-threatening.  Dangerous withdrawal symptoms that can occur during the detox process include Grand mal seizures, heart attacks, strokes and a series of symptoms typical of alcohol withdrawals known as delirium tremens. Having immediate access to the appropriate medical equipment, medical expertise and pharmacological intervention can make the difference between life and death during a drug detox event. To read more about other addicts stories visit us here.

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