For many people with a drug and alcohol addiction it is necessary that they go through detoxification, or detox before they can proceed to rehab treatment or move beyond their substance abuse. Making the decision to enter a detox facility may be difficult, especially if the person does not fully understand the detoxification process.
What is Detoxification?
Detoxification is the means of removing the chemical toxins from drug and alcohol abuse or addiction. Overtime, these toxins build up in your body. The more severe the substance abuse, the more chemicals will be in your system. While not everyone has to go through detox – certain types of drugs do not require it – a consultation with a doctor will determine if you need it.
What Detox is Not
Detox is not the same as rehab. Detoxification is a cleansing process, while rehabilitation focuses on addressing the reasons for the individual’s drug and alcohol abuse, as well as concentrates on developing and teaching strategies for avoiding or abstaining from substance use.
Different Method, Different Result
There are different methods for detox available including medical and non-medical. A medical approach incorporates the use of medication to flush the toxins from the body. Whereas a non-medical approach would rely on other methods including holistic remedies such as acupuncture or vitamin therapies that do not work for everyone.
A Word about Withdrawal
Most individuals experience some form of withdrawal symptoms as they experience detox. The method used by the facility, will determine how comfortable the individual is throughout the process. If the facility implements a medication protocol throughout the process, then the patient may have more comfort from the withdrawal symptoms which depending on the severity and type of substance abuse may include:
- Respiratory problems
- Body/muscle/bone aches
- Increased heart rate
- Irritability/mood swings
Studies show that it is the fear of experiencing withdrawal that keeps many people from entering a detox facility. Perhaps they heard horror stories from others regarding poor treatment and an uncaring staff while they suffered painful symptoms. Research also shows that the more comfortable the patient is throughout the process, the more likely they are to successfully complete the detoxification step. If a patient is uncomfortable, they are most likely to walk out before the process is complete – which adds to the likeliness that they will relapse.
The Next Step: After-care
Once detox is complete, most people proceed to rehab or to some type of after-care program such as a 12-Step group or behavioral therapy. Whichever you choose, it is important to your successful sobriety that you have a strong support circle to help avoid relapse and to grow strong in recovery. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse and ready to get your life back, Gallus Detox Centers can help. Our IV therapy medical detox is the safest and most comfortable method for detoxing from alcohol and drugs. We will also help you plan for your continued recovery whether entering a rehab facility, a 12-step program, a non-12 step program or additional counseling. Call Gallus Medical Detox Centers today at We will also help you plan for your continued recovery whether entering a rehab facility, a 12-step program, a non-12 step program or additional counseling. Call 855-338-6929, to see if our specialized treatment is right for you.