When suffering from drug and alcohol addiction, it’s critical to get help from a professional medical detox center. Attempting detox on your own can be particularly dangerous and potentially fatal without the proper medical attention.
What is Detoxification?
Detox is the process of clearing your body of substances and toxins that build up as a result of one’s drug or alcohol use. This process can happen naturally when an addict abstains from taking the substance, but often comes with severely uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms and can pose significant dangers.
Detox does not treat the addiction or address any of the underlying causes. It is simply the process of safely transitioning a patient from active use to abstinence while alleviating the medical concerns and discomforts they will experience.
Who Needs Medical Detox?
Your body becomes dependent on substances when they are used for an extended period of time. This happens when the brain adapts to have that substance present, and a tolerance is built. Over time, the user needs to consume higher doses of the drug, therefore increasing the dependence on the substance.
At a certain point, the body begins to require this substance in order to function at a normal level. When the substance is removed from the body, the body will begin to experience negative side effects. These are called withdrawal symptoms, and your body will crave the drug that it has gotten used to.
What is the Goal of Medical Detox
The primary goal of medical detox is to safely get the patient off of the substances they have become dependent on. Going through withdrawal symptoms are not only dangerous, but at times nearly impossible to overcome. A medically assisted detox supervised by a professional staff can help the patient comfortably get through the detox process, allowing the body to function again without the need for drugs and/or alcohol.
It is often times a necessary step of the recovery process, putting the patients in a position to focus on their addiction recovery and the underlying causes behind their substance abuse. Addiction is more than a physical illness, and it is important to treat the patients’ underlying mental and emotional conditions. Detox is the first step a patient needs to take to address these concerns.
Contact Lighthouse Recovery Institute to Begin Your Journey Today!
Lighthouse Recovery Institute prides itself on helping you or a loved one through the entire addiction recovery process. From assisting with the medical detoxification process, all the way through to intensive therapy work and life skills development, we have the tools and the staff to give you the best chance at recovery from addiction. For more information on medical detoxification and continuing care services, give us a call today at 866-308-2090 or fill out the contact form here.