Drug and alcohol addictions are difficult, if not near impossible, to treat without professional intervention. To avoid health complications and discomfort caused by withdrawal symptoms, medical detox is recommended. Medical detox offers addicted patients a gentler, more gradual decline from substance abuse than a “cold turkey” method of quitting. This method of detox is safer and less likely to cause complications in a patient’s health, especially with alcohol withdrawal syndrome.
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Detox is the process of withdrawal from the toxins that addictive substances deposit throughout your body. Medical detox uses medication and constant monitoring of the patient’s health to make the process more comfortable and safe.
The effects are different from substance to substance, but every effort is made to lessen discomfort and support the process. Medications can offer relief from long-term problems such as sleeplessness, chronic dehydration, and vitamin deficiencies. Detoxification can last anywhere from six to 14 days until the body is clear of toxins.
Detoxing at home is dangerous because a person can never know how severe the withdrawal symptoms they experience will be. Some people may only go through minor withdrawals, while others have serious medical emergencies. The proximity of medical care can mean the difference between life and death in such cases.
Additionally, when people detox at home, they quit cold turkey rather than gradually wean the body off of the drug effects. This sends them into sudden and intense-feeling withdrawals. The withdrawal symptoms may cause a person to give up and resume drug use while detoxing.
This process of shocking the body and then re-introducing the drug can have serious and permanent health ramifications and will likely worsen withdrawal symptoms and health risks the next time they try to detox.
Withdrawal Symptoms Associated with Detox
Withdrawal symptoms differ from one substance to the next and with levels of usage. Withdrawal symptoms are generally the opposite of the effects of a drug (e.g. alcohol use causes sedation while withdrawal causes hyperactivity). Understanding what withdrawal symptoms to expect from a given substance can help addicts and their families choose an appropriate recovery setting.
Opiates (e.g. heroin, Vicodin, morphine, etc.) decrease pain response, lower breathing rates, cause euphoria (happiness), reduce GI motility (e.g. constipation, reduced appetite), and can even cause hallucinations. Withdrawal is characterized by opposite effects, such as increased pain response, rapid breathing, depression, and diarrhea.
Meth is a stimulant, so withdrawal generally leads to irritability, depression, fatigue, anxiety, and inability to concentrate. Hallucinations are not uncommon. Other symptoms include sleep disorders and difficulties with thinking and memory. People often report physical pain as they withdraw from meth.
Alcohol withdrawal is characterized by sweating, tremors, anxiety, and muscle cramps. In severe cases, alcohol withdrawal leads to seizures, hallucinations, and psychosis. Alcohol withdrawal is serious and requires medical attention, even if the symptoms don’t appear life-threatening
It is important to seek treatment as soon as possible to avoid these symptoms. Call Alcohol Treatment Centers Babylon at (516) 283-5664 for help. We’re here to support you during what may be the hardest time of your life.