Addiction detox should always be done under medical supervision.
For many addicts and alcoholics, it can seem nearly impossible to make it even a day without a drink or a drug. Depending on the severity of the addiction, it is generally recommended that you or your loved one go through medically supervised drug or alcohol detox prior to entering the treatment facility of your choice. The advantages of entering a detox program greatly reduce the chance of the addict giving up early into recovery.
A detoxification program for physical dependence does not necessarily address the social, psychological or behavioral issues that intermingle with addiction. However, it’s the necessary place to start if one wants to walk the road to a full recovery.
The Drug and Alcohol Detox Process
Whether you enter a standalone detox facility or an inpatient program with detox services, the medically supervised drug detoxification process will generally progress as such:
Step 1: Evaluation
Upon beginning drug detoxification, the patient undergoes testing to see which specific substances – and the specific amounts of each – are presently circulating in his or her bloodstream. Clinicians also evaluate the patient for potential co-occurring disorders, dual diagnosis and mental/behavioral issues.
Step 2: Stabilization
In this stage, the patient is guided through the process of detoxification. This may be done with or without the use of medications, but the former is more common.
Another aspect of stabilization is explaining to the patient what to expect during treatment and the recovery process. Where appropriate, the patient’s loved ones are brought in at this time to become involved and show support.
Step 3: Guiding Patient into Treatment
The last step of the detoxification process is to ready the patient for the actual recovery process. As drug detoxification only deals with the physical dependency and addiction to substances, it does not address the psychological aspects of drug addiction.
This stage of detox entails obtaining agreement from the patient to complete the rehab process by enrolling in an inpatient or outpatient treatment program.
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How to Get into Professional Addiction Detox
Fight Addiction Now can help refer you or your loved one to a detox program that will address your individual needs and cater to your health and safety. Call us today at 1-844-313-4448 or submit your insurance info so we can help you find the best solution for your needs. We’re here to listen and to guide you toward the first step of recovery.
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