Drug and Alcohol Detox at Into Action Recovery Centers
Into Action’s drug and alcohol detox program provides safe, medically supervised treatment as clients struggling with addiction begin their path to recovery. Our experienced staff works with each patient to develop a detoxification program targeted to their specific addiction (or addictions) in order to safely remove the drug from their system, helping them enter rehabilitation for long-term success.
Withdrawal from different drugs and from multiple addictions requires individual medically supervised detoxification programs. Our medical staff is experienced in monitoring and controlling the symptoms, side effects, and treatments necessary for safe and successful detoxification for many different drugs, including alcohol, opiates, heroin, cocaine, club drugs, and prescription drugs. We work with each patient to minimize the effects of withdrawal so that they can start their journey to recovery sustainably.
Detoxification is the second step in achieving recovery (after the decision to seek treatment). Our 24/7 medically supervised program provides individualized detox plans designed to increase the chances of a successful treatment program. Withdrawal from many drugs, especially opiates, is painful and intense, and unsupervised detox can be dangerous and life-threatening. Symptoms during detox from drugs and alcohol can include nausea, sweating, vomiting, seizures, respiratory failure, anxiety, and hallucinations. Supervised withdrawal provides medical treatment to minimize the pain and discomfort during detox, increasing the likelihood of successful client rehabilitation.
Once the client’s body is rid of the drug, they are ready to begin rehabilitation and continue on their road to recovery.
When Is Drug and Alcohol Detox Appropriate?
Addictive substances like drugs and alcohol change the way the body functions. The more you use these substances, the more the body becomes accustomed to their presence and eventually starts to depend on them to function properly. When this happens, your body experiences symptoms of withdrawal the moment you stop using drugs or alcohol. The symptoms, which can be physical or mental, can range from mild to life-threatening.
Even though withdrawal symptoms can differ greatly depending on the type of addictive substance an individual consumes, mild symptoms typically include:
- Muscle pain
- Shakes and tremors
- Excessive sweating
- Headaches or migraines
More severe withdrawal symptoms can include:
- Night terrors
- Trouble breathing
All of these symptoms, whether they’re mild or severe, are indications that your body needs to undergo detox. If you don’t undergo a detox process, these symptoms can compel you to use drugs or alcohol again, which can lead you further toward drug and alcohol addiction.
Other tell-tale signs that you made need to detox include:
- Trying but being unable to quit drugs or alcohol. If you’ve tried and failed to break the cycle of drugs and alcohol use, your body has likely become physically addicted to the substance. The good news is that you can quit this habit, but you may need professional help to do so. Undergoing detox at a professional rehab center like ours can help you quit drugs and alcohol and regain control of your life.
- Harming yourself or others while under the influence. Consuming drugs and alcohol can make you reckless and impulsive. Acting without carefully thinking through your decisions can make you more likely to harm yourself or others. Certain substances can cause or increase feelings of depression, increasing your risk of harmful or suicidal thoughts. Feeling this way can lead to self-harm and suicide attempts. Detoxing your body and beginning addiction treatment can help combat the anxiety, paranoia, and depression that may contribute to any form of self-harm. If you or anyone you know are struggling with suicidal thoughts, please contact your healthcare provider or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.
- Experiencing health problems caused by substance abuse. Misusing drugs and alcohol can harm the body. These substances can cause severe damage to the heart, brain, and liver. Some substances can slow down your breathing or overheat your body so much that they can cause permanent organ damage or even death. Other substances can increase your risk of contracting diseases like HIV or hepatitis C. When drugs and alcohol start to affect your physical health, don’t ignore the signs. Begin the detoxification process and addiction treatment instead.
Why Should I Choose A Medically Supervised Detox Program?
Although detox greatly benefits the body, the process isn’t easy. Detox can be especially taxing on the mind. Withdrawal symptoms can cause your vitals to fluctuate too high or too low. Panic attacks, depression, and anxious thoughts can negatively affect your mental health. Fortunately, most rehab centers offer medically supervised detox.
There are many reasons why you should consider a medically supervised detox program. First and foremost, detox is a medical process that should be treated by medical professionals like any other medical condition. In addition to that, medically supervised detox provides:
- Expert and supportive medical staff. Medical detox programs have staff members and medical personnel with experience helping people remove addictive substances from their bodies. These experts can monitor your vitals and intervene in the event of a medical emergency.
- A clean, safe, and supportive environment. Medically supervised detox programs also provide quality clinical care in a private environment. Undergoing detox at home can be dangerous and can affect your self-worth as others may witness extremely vulnerable aspects of the withdrawal period. Detoxing in a clean, safe, non-judgemental, and supportive environment can help protect your health, privacy, and dignity.
- Symptom relief. Doctors in medically supervised detox programs can prescribe you medication to treat withdrawal symptoms. These medications can help you feel comfortable, reduce the risk of relapse, and stabilize the brain.
- Mental health care. Trying to detox on your own can leave you feeling anxious, hopeless, and restless. Most medically supervised detox programs have access to therapists and counselors that can help reduce anxiety, panic, and depression. These trained professionals can also help walk you through the nightmares and cravings commonly associated with detoxification.
- Treatment for co-occurring disorders and diseases. Many individuals grappling with substance use disorders have co-occurring mental illnesses. Doctors, nurses, and other personnel in medical detox programs can help diagnose and treat underlying health conditions revealed during the detoxification process.
In addition to these benefits, medical detox can save your life. Some symptoms of withdrawal can be fatal. Others can trigger life-threatening complications such as seizures, strokes, and respiratory depression. Doctors and nurses in medical detox programs can monitor your health closely and intervene when necessary, which can ultimately save your life.
What Happens After Drug and Alcohol Detox?
After detox, you’re officially sober, but you still have work to do. Detox doesn’t change the habits, circumstances, or thoughts that lead to addiction. The process simply removes harmful substances from your body. Once the body is free of drugs and alcohol, addiction treatment can begin.
Most addiction treatment programs are either inpatient or outpatient. Inpatient programs require you to live onsite at the rehab facility while you receive treatment. Outpatient programs allow you to live at home or in sober housing and travel to the rehab facility for treatment sessions. Here at Into Action Recovery Centers, we provide residential (inpatient), partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient programs.
After enrolling in one of these programs, we will design a customized treatment program to meet your specific recovery needs. Based on your treatment program, you may participate in the following recovery activities:
- Behavioral therapy
- 12-step meeting
- Relationship counseling
- Life skills training
- Post-trauma intervention
- Mindfulness training
- Relapse prevention and education
- Coping skills education and counseling
- Aftercare and discharge planning
We also offer extended care as needed.
We recognize that drug and alcohol addiction is a disease that affects people across all incomes, races, and ages and we offer our detoxification treatment with dignity, compassion, and understanding. Whether you are seeking help for the first time or have tried to achieve sobriety before, Into Action is here to help you get started on the path toward freedom from your addiction, so you can live your life to the fullest.
Into Action’s staff is available 24/7 to answer your questions and to begin the admissions process to start you on your recovery. We are located near Houston, Texas, and can take admissions from around the country.
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