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Drug and Alcohol Detox

Substance abuse is on the rise, and the percentage of people who reported trying an illicit drug in the last month rose from 8.3 percent in 2002 to 9.4 percent in 2013. Drug abuse and addiction can affect people of any age. Most drug users start in their teen years, but drug use among those over the age of 50 has increased in recent years as well.

Fortunately, help is available for drug users who want to take back control of their lives. A detox program along with a comprehensive rehab plan can help you overcome addiction.

Call The Treatment Center at (877) 392-3342 to learn more about our substance abuse detox facility and how to get started today. Our admissions counselors are available 24/7 to answer any questions you might have.

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Understanding Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Drug and alcohol addiction can take control of your life and destroy relationships. Drugs can change the way your brain responds to pleasure, making it harder to feel joy about things you once loved. Different illicit substances cause different side effects, and some drugs can be deadly. Long-term use of alcohol may cause permanent nerve, heart and liver damage. Extended drug use might cause memory loss, appetite changes and organ damage.

For some, underlying medical or mental health issues make it harder to quit. People who started taking drugs or drinking to ease physical pain might worry about how to handle that pain once the drugs and alcohol are gone. Failed attempts to quit can exacerbate depression or anxiety.

A comprehensive drug and alcohol rehab program addresses all of the underlying issues and potential problems during detox and recovery. You can also detox from multiple substances at once.

Whether you've been trying to quit for a while or just coming to the realization that you need to stop, The Treatment Center can provide you with the tools you need to get through withdrawal and move into a drug-free life.

The Substance Abuse Detox Process

Substance abuse detox is the first step on the road to recovery. During detox, your body will rid itself of drugs and alcohol. As the drug leaves your brain and body, you might experience withdrawal symptoms. The actual detox process is fairly short, lasting just a few hours or days. Withdrawal symptoms can last much longer. Depending on what you're addicted to and how long you've been using drugs and alcohol, withdrawal symptoms range from mild to severe.

Potential withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Sleeplessness
  • Muscle aches
  • Insomnia
  • Concentration problems
  • Appetite changes
  • Paranoia
  • Strong cravings

Because alcohol and drugs actually change your brain, recovery from substance abuse takes time. Not only do you need to stop using drugs and alcohol, but you also need to give your system the opportunity to return to normal functioning. Medical detox helps you do this safely and comfortably.

Who Needs Drug and Alcohol Detox

Drug Detox Past Month UsageIf you're trying to escape the grip of addiction, you need drug and alcohol detox. You can't start the rest of your recovery until you get through that first step. If drug or alcohol use has driven away loved ones and caused you financial or legal trouble, getting into a detox program quickly is essential. You might be able to salvage some of the most important parts of your life if you dedicate yourself to getting through withdrawal and recovery.

While detox and withdrawal can seem scary, the dangers of continued drug and alcohol use are much more frightening. Addiction can destroy your career, family, friendships and health. In 2014, over 47,000 Americans died from drug overdoses. Most drug overdoses occur in people abusing opioid prescription drugs, but you can also overdose on benzodiazepines, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamines. Drinking too much alcohol can also be dangerous, and about 6 people die each day from alcohol poisoning caused by binge drinking.

The longer you've been using drugs and alcohol, the harder it is to quit. Long-term drug and alcohol users often develop tolerance to the substances they use. Tolerance builds up when you start needing more and more of the drug to get the same effects as before. Tolerance can intensify your addiction and put you at higher risk for an overdose.

Find out more about drug and alcohol detox by calling (877) 392-3342 today. Our lines are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to ensure you can get help right when you need it.

Residential Detox Vs Self Detox

Detoxing at home might seem like a potential solution to ending your drug or alcohol use, but it can actually be dangerous. Detoxing from some drugs can lead to potentially fatal withdrawal symptoms. Severe alcoholics might experience delirium tremens during alcohol detox, which can cause seizures, hallucinations and irregular heartbeat.

Even when withdrawal symptoms aren't life-threatening, they are often extremely uncomfortable or painful. Strong cravings can make it difficult to maintain your sobriety, and it can be hard to resist using drugs or alcohol to ease the pain and discomfort. Symptoms are typically strongest within the first few days after quitting drugs or alcohol, but you might continue to experience symptoms for years to come. Learning how to deal with recurrent symptoms can make the difference between long-term success and relapses, but these skills are hard to figure out on your own.

A medical detox facility makes the process much easier and more comfortable. Because all of your daily needs are taken care of, you can concentrate on detox, withdrawal and recovery at a dedicated rehab facility instead of worrying about where you'll sleep or what you'll eat. Access to emotional support, our meditation garden and drug-free activities help you cope with your symptoms.

When you're at a dedicated detox center, you can call on staff for help anytime, day or night. Managed substance abuse detox ensures that every aspect of your recovery is controlled and supervised. Having someone on call for problems ensures that you never need to go through any part of detox or recovery alone. Working through detox and withdrawal at a dedicated rehab center also keeps you away from temptations that could undermine your recovery.

Here at The Treatment Center, we have extensive experience helping clients through detox and withdrawal from these substances:

Controlled Medical Detox

In some cases, the physical withdrawal symptoms during drug and alcohol detox can be overwhelming or can impact your health. Controlled medical detox is a managed detox, so you have doctors caring for you through the entire process.

Medication can sometimes be prescribed to help ease specific withdrawal symptoms or to treat symptoms so they don't turn deadly. Medical monitoring during detox might involve the doctor keeping track of your blood pressure, heart rate, breathing rate and other vital signs.

Your detox experience is tailored specifically to your needs, so the length of detox depends on your prior drug use patterns and your level of addiction. Our board-certified doctors and nurses are experienced in dealing with a wide range of withdrawal symptoms, so you can rest assured that your medical team has the skills and knowledge to get you safely through detox.

Entering a Detox Center

Choosing recovery over continued drug use is the first step to breaking away from dependence and substance abuse. Once you've decided to go drug-free, you'll receive an initial assessment to help our care team plan an appropriate detox and drug and alcohol recovery experience for you.

Within hours or days, you'll likely start experiencing withdrawal symptoms as drugs and alcohol leave your body for good. Having trained medical staff available to assist you during this process makes your long-term success more likely.

Once detox is complete and your body is drug-free, the process of rebuilding your life and learning how to avoid relapse follows. Individual and group therapy can help you develop the mental and emotional tools necessary to resist drugs and alcohol in the future, while options such as 12-step programs and faith-based counseling let you customize your recovery experience. Cognitive behavioral therapy gives you specific techniques to use when faced with temptation, and family counseling can help you and your loved ones establish an effective support system for long-term success. The Treatment Center also offers court liaison services for those in a court-ordered detox and rehab program.

Get a free and confidential assessment by calling (877) 392-3342 today. Our admissions counselors are standing by to help you move into a residential detox and Drug and Alcohol recovery program that works for you.

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