Medical detox is a vital component in the addiction treatment and recovery process. Medical detox is a process during which a person who is addicted to drugs or alcohol rids their body of the harmful chemicals while under the care of healthcare professionals. During this process, the patient will experience withdrawal symptoms, which are the body and mind's reaction to being denied the addictive substance. Call drug rehab Hollywood FL today at (954) 239-2548. to locate a detox center.
Medical detox works by breaking a person's physical addiction to drugs or alcohol. A physical addiction to a substance forms based on the body's internal chemistry and the effects the drugs or alcohol have on that internal chemistry.
The drug will trigger actions as well as block or stop others. With prolonged drug abuse and addiction, the body adjusts to the new norm, and will not perform those actions without the substance of abuse. Medical detox forces the body to relearn how to function and perform necessary actions and processes without the addictive substance. To find out more about the drug and alcohol detox protocols call drug rehab centers Hollywood at (954) 239-2548.
While it is important to get the addictive substance out of the person's system, to abruptly deny the body of that drug can cause the individual to go into shock. This shock can be dangerous and life-threatening in some cases, and can send the addict into immediate and intense withdrawals.
As such, undergoing the detox process slowly is more ideal in that the body will not be sent into shock, but will be given the chance to gradually and incrementally adjust to the denial of the addicted substance. In medical detox, this is accomplished through the use of prescription drugs administered by medical staff at specific points in the process to give the body just enough of a boost to function.
Detoxing at home is dangerous, first, because there is no way to perform detox gradually when going through it at home. Cold turkey detox shocks the body and intensifies withdrawals, which in turn, can lead to symptoms that that require immediate medical attention.
Secondly, many people underestimate the feeling of going through withdrawal. While many symptoms are considered minor, as in not medically dangerous, they feel far from minor. People may become frightened or overwhelmed with the withdrawals they are experiencing and resume substance abuse rather than continue to experience withdrawal. This shock to the system followed by substance abuse that often occurs repeatedly with home detox is enough to do serious damage to the body's internal organs (particularly the liver, kidneys, and heart) and that damage could be irreversible.
Different substances elicit different withdrawal symptoms. Here are some drugs and the symptoms that can arise from the detox process.
Detox is an addiction treatment that serves to only deal with the physical addiction person has to drugs or alcohol. As such, even after detox when a person's physical addiction is broken, they are still mentally addicted to the substance. If an addict does not also seek out further treatment for their mental addiction following detox, they will more than likely relapse and have to go through the entire process again at a later date.