Medical detox is a process in which a person who is addicted to alcohol or drugs gets the addicted substance out of their system. It encompasses the time that it takes for the drug to get out of the person’s system. It also has to do with the negative ways in which the person’s body and mind will react to the process of eliminating the drug or alcohol from their system. This is known as withdrawal.
It is important to seek treatment at a qualified drug treatment center for the safest, most effective detox. For more information on finding a qualified treatment provider, contact Alcohol Drug Treatment Jackson at (601) 326-1554.
Detox works by breaking a person’s physical addiction to drugs or alcohol. When a drug enters a person’s system, it has an effect upon the nervous system and the brain. These effects involve triggering certain actions and chemicals to be released and blocking others. With continued use and abuse of a drug, the nervous system and brain adjust and begin to only perform the actions when the drug tells them to. This change in a person’s internal chemistry is a physical addiction (chemical dependency, in other words).
By denying the body the addicted substance, detox forces the body to readjust to function and perform those actions without the drug. This can be done gradually in medical detox using prescription drugs administered by doctors at key moments in the detox process.
It is important to undergo this slow or gradual detox through medical detox rather than an abrupt and sudden detox because abrupt detox can shock the body and cause serious physical and health symptoms. The gradual process protects the body systems and helps them to adjust. As an added bonus, the slower detox process can actually reduce the severity of the withdrawal symptoms a person will feel when going through detox.
It is dangerous to detox at home because detox at home is almost always abrupt and sudden. This shocks the body and can lead a person to suffer from severe withdrawal symptoms. These severe symptoms can constitute medical emergencies and therefore will require immediate medical attention and treatment. At home, the doctors are not right there as they are in detox which means that the person could suffer serious and permanent consequences.
Additionally, many people who try to detox at home fail. This means that they shock their body and then immediately resume substance abuse. When this occurs, a person can cause permanent damage to their internal organs rendering future detox attempts even more dangerous and problematic.
When a person goes through detox, they break the physical addiction that they have to drugs or alcohol. However, it does not address the mental side of their addiction to drugs or alcohol. Because only one side of the addiction is addressed in detox, a person who does not continue on to treat their mental addiction is almost guaranteed to relapse and resume substance abuse.
However, if a person goes straight from medical detox to treatment in a residential treatment center, they are far more likely to succeed in their recovery and remain sober. In treatment, they will go through individual and group therapy to address the triggers to their addiction and develop coping mechanisms to avoid substance abuse and relapse in the future. They will likely also go through other supplemental treatments to help develop self-awareness and coping mechanisms.
Alcohol Drug Treatment Jackson can and will help you to begin your medical detox process. All you need to do is call them at (601) 326-1554.
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