Why Self-Detox for Drugs and Alcohol is a Bad Idea
If you are thinking about quitting alcohol and/or drug use cold turkey… this one is for you! There are many reasons why self-detox for drugs and alcohol is a bad idea, but probably the most important one is that it can be dangerous and in some cases fatal.
All Substances Are Not Created Equal
Depending on how long you have been engaging in substance use – and the type of substances you have been using – it is very likely that once you stop using you will begin to experience withdrawal symptoms. Basically, the body wants something that it is no longer getting. Withdrawal symptoms vary with the type of substance abuse, but the most common side effects include constipation/ diarrhea; nausea/vomiting; flu-like symptoms; tremors; sweats; insomnia; anxiety/irritability and seizures. Symptoms can range from mild to moderate and severe. In many cases, withdrawal symptoms require medical attention which is why it is important to seek professional medical detox treatment when you are ready to stop using drugs and alcohol.
Alcohol Detox and Withdrawal
Perhaps the most dangerous of withdrawal is that from alcohol abuse or alcoholism. Although it may sound easy and harmless to simply stop drinking, the truth is that quitting alcohol cold turkey can become life threatening. Quitting alcohol suddenly can lead to convulsions, hallucinations, irregularities with body temperature and heart beat which can be fatal. Although not everyone experiences these severe symptoms – it is not worth the risk.
Opiate Detox and Withdrawal
Opiate abuse which includes prescription painkillers and heroin is a real problem in the U.S. Did you know that Americans use ninety-nine percent of the world’s Vicodin? In fact trying to overcome an addiction to OxyContin or heroin can be very difficult without professional assistance. For most, the withdrawal symptoms are so severe that many return to their drug use just to find relief. The result is a never ending merry-go-round of starting and stopping drug use which is also damaging to the central nervous system and brain. Since acetaminophen – the active ingredient in Tylenol – is an ingredient in many prescription pain medications, there is also the risk of organ damage with long-term use. Many users suffer with kidney and liver disease, pulmonary disease as well as hepatitis. Statistics indicate that there are as much as eighty percent new cases of hepatitis c each year as a result of injection drug abuse.
Medical Detox from Drugs and Alcohol
If you or a loved one have combination drug and alcohol abuse and are in need of detox, the best option is an inpatient medical detox treatment that offers IV therapy medical detox. IV therapy is the safest and most effective way to detox from drugs and alcohol because it immediately addresses withdrawal symptoms which keeps the patient comfortable throughout the process. Are you ready to stop using drugs and alcohol and in need of detox treatment? Call Gallus Detox Center today, at 855-338-6929 to speak with an admission specialist. All calls are confidential and most insurance is accepted.