What is Detox and Do I Need It?

Detoxification is the process of allowing the body to process the drugs and alcohol through its system to alleviate itself of harmful toxins and normalize itself. This process can vary in time and symptoms depending on the length of drug use and the types of drugs or alcohol that were used. If this process is done without medical supervision it can be very detrimental to yours or your loved ones health. When detoxing from some types of substances even death is a very real possibility. You should consult a recovery professional to discuss whether or not detoxification is necessary before rehabilitation. We are available at any time. All you have to do is call us at (804) 210-7244 and we can help you or your loved one get on the right track to a happier healthier life. You should not let fear of withdrawals prevent you from reaching out for help. Many facilities have programs to help you through the withdrawal and detoxification period with medical supervision and the use of different medications that ease your symptoms. The goal is to ensure that you are made as comfortable as possible during this process so that you can start your life of recovery.

How Does the Detoxification Process Work?

There are a variety of different methods that facilities will use to get you safely on the other side of the worst of the withdrawal period. Narcotic and non-narcotic medications are available in most programs during the detoxification process that are applied to ease withdrawal symptoms as your body removes toxins in its system. Many facilities will taper you off of certain drugs like benzodiazepines due to the danger of immediately ceasing use. If you are stopping your use of alcohol there are many different options for medications that may be used from benzodiazepines to non-narcotic antihistamines and neuro-blockers that are used to reduce the risk of delirium tremens or seizures and prevent other symptoms of withdrawal. The goal of the detoxification process is to make the client is made a comfortable as possible as they get through the withdrawal process and are kept safe from the harmful effects of ceasing drug and alcohol use. It is imperative that you are completely honest about your past drug use and abuse with the medical professionals during the entrance examination. The detoxification process may take place in a full medical facility or it could be completed in a comfortable residential stabilization house with medical staff on call. The choice about where to complete detoxification should be made with the drug history and the individual needs of every client’s situation in mind. Call us today at (757) 209-2688 to discuss your options for detoxification and the withdrawal process.

Healing Not Only the Mind but the Body As Well

If you or a loved one has become addicted to drugs and alcohol then there are many options for treatment available to you and you should know that recovery IS possible. The path towards a successful and happier life, however, does NOT end with detoxification. The Detox process is meant to heal the body from physical dependence on drugs and alcohol and all of the negative effects that it can have. Once the body and mind are cleared from those harmful effects it is imperative that you learn how to avoid putting those harmful substances back into your body. Just because the physical dependence on the substance has been broken does not mean that people, places and things in the addict’s life won’t draw them back to using or drinking. Inpatient rehabilitation is the best choice for most addicts and alcoholics after detoxification. After inpatient treatment, an aftercare plan should be put to use where the addict goes to a sober living or transitional housing so that they can focus on putting their life back in order with work, family and friends while staying in a supportive and safe environment with the structure that is needed to stay on track.