Drug or alcohol withdrawal is not only difficult to endure on your own, it can be life-threatening. Admission to a 5–7 day detox in a professional drug rehab program is critical for overcoming drug and alcohol dependency.
One, it can reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms, and increase patient comfort during the detoxification process. Two, it provides 24-7 medical care, important for identifying complications and improving patient safety.
The development of withdrawal symptoms is often the most difficult part of the detoxification process. During this time, the patient is at the greatest risk for relapse.
Withdrawal symptoms are similar for many different substances. They are often the opposite of what it feels like to be using or “high” on that particular drug.
For example, withdrawals from sedatives, which repress the central nervous system, result in an over-activity of the central nervous system.
Alcohol, opioids, tranquilizers, muscle relaxers, and benzodiazepines (anti-anxiety medication) are all sedatives.
Approximately 1 in 20 people will experience delerium tremens during alcohol withdrawal.
Often, this occurs when a long-term, heavy drinker quits drinking abruptly. If not treated, delerium tremens can be fatal.
Withdrawals from stimulants, which activate the central nervous system, result in central nervous system depression. Cocaine, methamphetamine, and amphetamines, such as Adderall, are all stimulants.
Medical supervision in a professional drug rehab center permits administration of medications that can alleviate the worst effects of detoxification. For example, suboxone can be be used for detox from opioids, and benzodiazepines can be used for detox from stimulants.
Many people who are drug or alcohol dependent have vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Medical professionals are qualified to identify these deficiencies, and therefore, treat them during detox.
For example, the most common vitamin deficiency found in people who are alcohol dependent is vitamin B1, or thiamine. Long-term deficiency of this vitamin can result in alcohol-induced dementia.
Although rare, withdrawal from drugs or alcohol can be fatal, often resulting in a heart attack.
Unfortunately, persons detoxing without medical assistance run the risk of having withdrawal symptoms increase from moderate to life-threatening in a very short time.
For this reason, relying on emergency assistance, such as 9-1-1, during this time is not ideal. Persons undergoing fatal withdrawal symptoms may not know when they are in danger, or have time to react.
However, medically-managed detoxification ensures the patient is monitored and treated 24-7. For this reason, the likelihood of dying from substance withdrawals in a detox center is extremely low.
Due to safety concerns, persons with moderate-severe drug or alcohol addictions should not detox alone. In addition to health issues, relapse is common. Fortunately, detoxing in a professional drug rehab center essentially eliminates the possibility of relapse.
In addition to withdrawal symptoms, persons with substance abuse disorders often have other health issues, such as heart problems, respiratory issues, or liver/kidney damage. Any of these conditions could contribute to failing health during a detox.
Finally, one additional danger of solo detoxification is the depression and suicidal feelings that may evolve. Persons experiencing emotionally and physically painful withdrawal symptoms are at a very high risk for self-harm.
Moving forward, Just Believe Detox Center also offers a direct and smooth transition to our recovery center to undergo intensive outpatient or inpatient woodstock treatment center services.
Just Believe Detox Center can help you through the difficult and often dangerous process of detox. Therefore, when detox is complete, you are free to begin the recovery process and reclaim your life.