Medical Detox

It is important to know that medical detoxification for physical dependence is a short term medical process that does not begin to address the precedents, underlying issues and developmental harms that fuel the addictive process. Social factors, psychological factors and complex behavioral issues are addressed after one has safely been separated from their drug or alcohol dependence and transferred into treatment.

 

Detox is necessary if:

  • You have become dependent on a drug and experience withdrawal symptoms if you try to stop abruptly.
  • You have become addicted to a drug or to alcohol and must have the drug or the drink to feel “normal”.
  • A drug is no longer helping you with the problem for which it was originally prescribed but you have painful withdrawal symptoms if you try to stop.
  • An unneeded drug is causing unwanted and unsafe side effects.

It is important to know that medical detoxification for physical dependence is a short term medical process that does not begin to address the precedents, underlying issues and developmental harms that fuel the addictive process. Social factors, psychological factors and complex behavioral issues are addressed after one has safely been separated from their drug or alcohol dependence and transferred into treatment.

The United States Department of Health and Human Services acknowledges three steps in a drug detoxification process:


 

Evaluation

Upon entering drug or alcohol detoxification patients are evaluated both medically and psychologically to assess for life threatening concerns. They are carefully tested to determine what substances are present in their bloodstream and at what levels, as well as what is their state of mind upon admission.

Stabilization

After careful evaluation and testing, patients are next treated medically using the latest medicines, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and proper hydration based on each patient’s unique metabolic needs in order to enhances the body’s health, strength and well-being. Detox helps to nourish the body back to a much healthier state than that they arrived in.

Guiding patients into Treatment

The last step of the detoxification process is to ready the patient for the actual recovery process. As drug detoxification only deals with the physical dependency and medical risks, it does not address the psychological aspects of drug addiction.

 

During stabilization, patients are carefully monitored and observed in order to avoid serious health risks. During this time, patients are introduced to what they should expect during upcoming treatment and the recovery process in general.
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