Detox is the process of getting the addicted substance out of the body once and for all. The body, of course, will react to this process as it has come to depend upon the drug. The negative reaction the body has to the deprivation of addictive substances is what causes withdrawal symptoms. In the case of alcohol or drug medical detox, a person can undergo the process gradually and incrementally to make it less abrupt and to avoid shocking their system as much as possible.
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Detox is designed to address the physical (rather than mental) aspects of addiction. When a person abuses and becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol, the internal chemistry of their body changes. In particular, their brain and nervous system chemistry and function are altered. When alcohol and drugs enter the bloodstream, they stimulate some areas and operations of the brain while blocking activity in others.
Eventually, the nervous system and brain become unable to perform these activities without that signal form the drugs or alcohol. This is known as chemical dependence and is what makes a person physically addicted to the substance.
Detox, particularly medical detox, breaks this addiction by denying the substance and forcing the body to recalibrate and begin to function on its own again. This can be assisted with prescription medications administered at key moments in the detox process that give just enough of a boost to the nervous system to assist in the process, but not so much as to continue addiction.
Detoxing at home is problematic for several reasons. First and foremost, it can be dangerous. Withdrawal symptoms can range from minor issues (medically speaking) to serious and emergent medical situations. Nobody can tell which types of symptoms they will experience and therefore should not try to detox away from medical care and assistance.
Additionally, home detox usually involves a person ceasing all alcohol and drug use at once. This sends a person into immediate and strong withdrawals. While potentially dangerous in and of themselves, withdrawal symptoms that are so strong may cause a person attempting to detox at home to give up on the process and relapse in the middle of detoxing.
However the sudden shock of drug denial and then inundation is more dangerous than completing detox or even than never attempting it at all. The back and forth puts a great deal of strain on internal organs, especially the heart, and can cause future detox to be even more difficult and can result in permanent damage to those organs.
With all this talk of withdrawals, it is important to know some of the common withdrawal symptoms for certain addictive drugs.
When a person goes through detox, they are only breaking the physical addiction to a drug or alcohol. They are still mentally addicted to the substance. As such, they will likely relapse following detox if they do not undergo further treatments. Additional treatments for addiction include:
Medical detox is the safest and surest way to get you clean and sober and ready to fully recover from your drug or alcohol addiction through treatment. You can find recovery answers and support through Drug Rehab Centers Stamford. Give us a call at (203) 242-8288 when you are ready to begin.
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