It is a question that is asked everyday… “Does detox treatment work?” While the short answer is yes, detox treatment does work; there are critical factors that can determine whether or not an individual is successful in their long-term recovery.
The Reason for Going is Important
All the detox in the world will not work if the person does not want to be there. In many cases, individuals enter detox (as well as rehab) because they were pressured into going. It is important to understand that for many detox is the first step in recovery and it is often followed up with a rehab program, behavioral counseling and/or participation in a community support group such as a 12-Step or non-12-Step program. If the plan is to return to drug and/or alcohol use, then removing the toxins from the body – or getting clean – just to replace the toxins with more substance abuse is a moot point. The purpose of detox treatment is to clean the system to get ready for a new life that does not include substance abuse.
Comparing Different Detox Treatments
There are different types of detox treatments that can help the individual through the withdrawal process including natural remedies and medical detox treatments.
Holistic treatments rely on acupuncture, massage, vitamin therapy, and yoga to aid the individual as they go through the withdrawal process from drugs and alcohol. Although Eastern remedies have been around for millennium, the fact is that withdrawal from certain substances requires medical attention and care – something that holistic treatments may not be able to offer. While they work for some people, they do not work for everyone.
Traditional Medical Detox Treatment
Traditional medical detox treatments use oral medications to remove chemical toxins from the body. Oral medications take a certain amount of time for the body to process and become active. This means that while the medication is being processed, the individual may have to endure painful or uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms on their own.
IV Therapy Medical Detox Treatment
IV therapy medical detox is a technique that delivers the medication directly into the bloodstream for an immediate effect. Although the amount of time allowed for the detox process is not accelerated in IV therapy medical detox. The withdrawal symptoms are controlled (in many cases eliminated).
Rapid Detox Treatment
Rapid detox is different in that the detox time is reduced to two days as opposed to the five to ten-day detox period with other methods. It is very controversial and lacks qualified clinical peer-reviewed studies. Some studies suggest that because it is considered a “quick-fix” it holds a higher risk for relapse.
Choosing the Best Detox Treatment
Choosing the best detox treatment really comes down to personal preference; however, safety, effectiveness, comfort, confidentiality should all play a role in determining which method is right for you. The good news is that changes in health care and insurance will allow you to attend just about any detox treatment you like. There are certain criteria and restrictions. Which you can find out from your insurance provider – or the detox treatment facility you decide to go with. When you are ready to take the first step in recovery, Gallus Detox Center can help you get sober. Call us today for a confidential consultation. We accept most insurance. 888.228.9114