Treatment for drug and alcohol addiction begins with detoxification. Many addicts fear stopping drug or alcohol use because of withdrawal symptoms that can occur when the body no longer had them to function. Withdrawal can be both painful and dangerous depending on the substance of abuse and the setting. Qualified inpatient detox centers provide comfort and safety to patients that a home detox and even outpatient detox cannot provide. With 24 hour medical care, staff pay attention to patient safety, comfort, and overall health. When needed natural supplements, medications, or medical attention can be provided to minimize discomfort and ease withdrawal symptoms.
The purpose of a detox is to cleanse the body of mind altering substances and help to reset the central nervous system. With many of these drugs it will be some time before there is a full recovery. However, once complete the body will no longer be physically dependent on drugs or alcohol and treatment professionals can then asses the psychological aspects of the addiction. With any physical dependence there are dangers because the body has to adapt to no longer working on alcohol or drugs. Additionally, many drug users often suffer from damage to the brain’s neural transmitters and pathways, which can additional emotional problems however, until all substances are removed from the body, a medical professional is unable to recommend any further treatments. Not only does the system have to purge drug remnants but rebuild itself. The body is incredibly self-healing, but at the same time how do you recover from years of abuse? Certainly not overnight. Hence why most inpatient programs allot weeks to detoxification and wellness. Inpatient treatment programs often administer natural supplements to patients to replace nutrients and minerals previously lost and to kick-start the body into producing its own “drugs”.
An inpatient detox treatment setting affords a person a safe and comfortable setting around the clock.
For some individuals the urge to use can be overwhelming and therefor result in a relapse. Inpatient detox prevents individuals from succumbing to those urges and also eliminates any temptation. Constant monitoring by qualified staff in an inpatient detox center helps a person deal with substance cravings, painful withdrawal symptoms and provides therapies to allow patients to begin working on their psychological recovery.
Healthy nutrition, not normally seen in substance abusers, can be given via IV or with supplements and food. Ensuring anyone in detox is properly hydrated and maintains a health nutrition is very important while the body is healing and at times weak.Additionally, natural supplements can improve healing time and a healthy diet can improve overall comfort during detox.
Depending on the substance of abuse and/or addiction and how long an individual has been dependent on their drug of choice, an outpatient detox may be completely adequate. Some people may choose an inpatient detox because they want to avoid painful withdrawal at home and want to eliminate any chance of a relapse. However, if the person is not in danger and believes they can remain abstinent, outpatient detox programs can be effective for treating physical dependence. Health also plays a large role in whether someone needs an inpatient detox or should be in one. Liver function tests, urine toxicology screen, and chemistry panels are part of the evaluation process many addiction treatment facilities use to determine which detox is more suitable for a patient. According to a study conducted by UNC Medical Researchers, for every 200 patients who seek alcohol detox 41.6 % had prior seizures, 43.5% had prior delirium tremens and 6.9% developed delirium tremens during detox. Both are indicators for needing an inpatient detox.
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