Once you or a loved one have made the decision to seek help for substance or alcohol abuse, a treatment program may not be your first stop. An assessment from Talbott Recovery professionals can determine the best course of action and if medically supervised detox is needed. Certain addictions such as alcohol, benzodiazepines and opiates may require detox as the entry point to rehab. These individuals still enter our treatment programs, but for those with prescription addiction or other chemical dependency, taking time out first to stabilize first can better prepare them for the work of treatment.
Medically Supervised Detox
It can be tempting to try to go “cold turkey” and quit drinking or using drugs all at once, getting clean by sheer force of will. While the intention are good, this can actually put someone health at serious risk. The safest way to detox is in a clinical setting under the watchful eye of medical and treatment professionals. Not only can they monitor the process and manage any health issues that might arise, but they can also make the process more manageable and the patient more comfortable. Adding detox to a treatment program, if it’s recommended, can help ensure make success in treatment more likely and contribute to lasting recovery.
- Alcohol detox is the process by which an alcoholic’s system is brought back to a normal homeostasis after years of toxicity. Withdrawal from long-term alcohol addiction without medical supervision can cause severe health problems and can be fatal. After detoxification, other treatments must be undergone to fully deal with the underlying addiction that caused the alcohol use.
- Drug detox, an early step in long term rehabilitative treatment, is a process designed to reduce or relieve withdrawal symptoms while helping an addicted individual adjust to living without drug use. The approach often depends on the location of treatment, but most detox programs provide medications to minimize cravings and withdrawal symptoms, along counseling and therapy to help with the consequences of withdrawal.
Are you or someone you love a candidate for Talbott Recovery’s Detox Program? Contact us to schedule an assessment and receive a professional recommendation and information about treatment options.