Detox in itself is a hard process, but prescription drugs can be extremely hard for an individual to battle on their own without proper medical supervision. Prescription drug detox should be done in a supervised manner either in a medical capacity or in a treatment center. While there are detox centers that solely focus on detox, those that are combined with long term treatment can offer up more sustainable care for recovering addicts. Understanding the hurdles of the detox process can help an addict prepare themselves for the long road ahead of them.
Drug detox isn’t a blanket recovery that is handled the same for everyone. Depending on the kind of drugs that an individual is addicted to and their tolerance levels over time will directly affect how intense their withdrawal symptoms will be. Detox is a necessary part of breaking the physical dependency to prescription drugs, but this should be done in a medically supervised environment where other medication are available or an individual can be weaned off of a drug slowly.
Drug detox centers also give an addict a chance to be pulled out of their current environment which might involve patterns or individual that cause them to use. Without these triggers in one’s live, supervised detox will be much more successful. Prescription drug detox can be monitored, and depending on the drug that one was addicted to, there can be different detox methods put into place. Some detox processes are so intense that an individual might need to be slowly weaned off of a drug, or might have to take other medications to combat flu like symptoms or hallucinations. The whole point of a medically supervised environment is to make detox as easy and painless on a patient so that they can move on to the next stages of recovery.
Withdrawal symptoms are the physical and mental ramifications that will occur when an addict begins to come down from their drug of choice. The most common drugs that require detox are heroin, meth, and cocaine. These drugs are highly addictive and hard for an individual to break free from physically.
Coming down from heroin can often trick a user into thinking that they are sick, and the only way that they will get better is to use. These flu-like symptoms can be painful and all-encompassing, but will pass if an individual can find a detox treatment center that can monitor their withdrawal symptoms. Centers can help with administering methadone or other opiates to wean the body off of heroin.
Meth and cocaine withdrawal are similar in the fact that cravings to stop recovery and use again will be intense, and an individual may become lethargic or fall into depression. Cocaine’s physical addiction can be overcome in about two weeks, but meth can take longer for an individual to be weaned off of. Another danger of meth and cocaine is detox can help, but won’t offer the support systems once an individual is clean. These drugs can be overcome physically, but the mental addiction will last longer than the chemicals in one’s body, and will take further treatment other than just detox for an individual to remain off of drugs for the long run.
While prescription drug detox is an important part of one’s beginning steps, drug rehabilitation will involve more than just overcoming a drug’s physical effects. Over half of recovering addicts will relapse at some point as reported by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This really showcases how much relapse support needs to be integral part of treatment, and that detox alone can leave a person vulnerable to triggers and cravings. The best type of medical prescription drug detox centers will be in conjunction with long term treatment centers that can help an individual through therapy and support, and deal with both the mental and physical aspects of drug addiction recovery.
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