Before entering alcohol or drug addiction treatment, patients who have become dependent on a substance must undergo medical detox. Depending on how long a patient has been using a substance, or how recently they used it, detox may be required to rid the body of the toxins of their chosen substance. It’s a way to help people enter rehab with a clear body and mind. Medical detox is intended for those who have a high dependency and may suffer from severe withdrawal side effects if they were to quit “cold turkey.”
Medical detoxification, also known as detox, is often the first step in an individual’s recovery from a substance addiction. Detox is the natural process of ridding a substance from the body. This means all traces of the substance and its influences on the brain and body are gone. With the detox program at Landmark Recovery of Indianapolis, a patient is under constant supervision by a medical professional. The detox process is adjusted to accommodate the needs of the individual patient, whether medication or some form of therapy needs to intervene.
The purpose of medical detox is to reduce the harmful effects of withdrawal that can occur when someone stops using a substance their body has become dependent on. Some withdrawal symptoms can be severe or even deadly. This is the reason why the patient is under constant medical supervision. At Landmark Recovery of Indianapolis, we make sure the detox process is as comfortable and as safe as possible. Trained medical staff monitor your progress and can help manage withdrawal symptoms. Once the detox process is completed, patients will usually enter an inpatient rehab program for drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
Like addiction itself, the process of medical detox is different for everyone. How recently an individual has used a substance, how dependent they are on a substance, and the severity of their withdrawal symptoms are some of the factors that will determine the length of one’s medical detox process. Some individuals may only need a few days to fully detox, while others may need up to two weeks. The ultimate goal of medical detox is to flush out all traces of drugs and alcohol in the patient’s body, while keeping them as comfortable and healthy during the process as possible.
When one consumes a substance, the brain produces large amounts of dopamine – the “pleasure” chemical. After repeated use, the brain cannot produce normal amounts of dopamine on its own, which is why our bodies become addicted – they have become dependent on this substance to create dopamine. Medically detoxing after becoming dependent on a substance can cause some uncomfortable side effects.
The symptoms of withdrawal from drugs and alcohol can include:
Some of the more serious effects of detoxing include depression and hallucinations.
Because of these withdrawal symptoms, it is imperative that an individual seeks treatment from a medical professional rather than attempting to quit “cold turkey” so that the symptoms can be monitored closely and treated properly. Choosing to detox under medical supervision is much safer and more comfortable than trying to detox alone.
Landmark Recovery of Indianapolis is an addiction treatment center in Indianapolis, IN, located off I-465 West and only 22 minutes away from the Indiana International Airport. In addition to medical detox, we also offer inpatient rehab, intensive outpatient treatment, and partial hospitalization. Landmark Recovery of Indianapolis is one of our select locations that utilizes a Medication-Assisted Treatment program combined with Suboxone treatment and individual and group therapy.
Medical detox and inpatient treatment go hand in hand. Medical detox is the first step in preparing the mind and body for treatment by clearing the body of its destructive substance before treatment. Inpatient rehab is the actual addiction treatment itself, referring to physician and therapy services you receive during your stay at an addiction rehabilitation center.
If you’re curious as to whether you need to medically detox before starting treatment, or if you or someone you know is seeking addiction treatment, call Landmark Recovery of Indianapolis at 317-449-8029 to talk to a recovery specialist today.
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