After having used addictive substances for years, addicts generally have an accumulation of harmful substances (usually toxins) within their bodies. Their resistance to addictive substances liked drugs and alcohol is also dangerously elevated. Recovery is made harder because of the accumulation of substances. The substances could also have unwanted effects on the body and the brain. In fact, the reason most addicts are unable to quit on their own is because of the effects of addiction on the body and brain. The addict is caught in a vicious circle where they can’t see any way out of their situation.
Detoxification (often known as detox) is a medical procedure that eliminates the addictive substances, cleansing them from the body. Once the body is cleansed, the addict is in a much better state to recover. The body is stronger and more stable without the need for addictive substances. If an addict goes through a supervised detox program it will be a safe, clinically monitored detox procedure that is extremely successful, even for people that may be terrified of withdrawal symptoms.
Detox involves extremely individualized methods to cleanse all drugs from the body. However, there are three basic levels to expect. The first step is evaluation, where it’s determined which substances are being used. Professionals then start to oversee the client safely through detox in the healthiest and comfortable way possible. When the body is healthier and purged from all damaging substances, then detox facilities can lead clients into rehab therapy facilities to support lasting and permanent health.
You may be familiar with drug withdrawal symptoms. They happen because the addict’s body is trying to get back to normal. An addict’s body has been dependent on the addictive substance for so long that it needs to learn how to work without it. Withdrawal symptoms can be painful and unexpected for those who try to detox on their own. They can even prompt people to stop the process and go back to their addiction. But with someone there to help you through the process, those withdrawal symptoms can be dealt with. If you need counsel or medication to overcome the symptoms, you can get it.
Look to Rehab
It’s important to understand that detox is not a cure for addiction. Detox won’t do much good for you if you go back to your addiction. If you’re serious about gaining victory over your addiction, you will need to commit to some kind of rehabilitation (rehab) treatment. A qualified rehab facility should have everything you need to turn your back on your addiction forever. You can learn the necessary skills there to successfully combat your cravings. Your addiction won’t control you anymore. You will be the one in charge of your life. If this is what you want for you or a loved one, call 916-249-2665 in the Philadelphia area to speak with professionals about detox and rehab procedures.