Detox is most often the first step to recovery – people detox when they stop using the drug or substance that they were addicted to. Many companies claim to offer clean detox kits to help people lose weight, get rid of toxins, clean the skin, and more. However, drug and substance detox is different and should only be done while supervised by a medical professional. The withdrawal symptoms that someone may experience can be deadly if not approached correctly.
According to American Addiction Centers, a treatment facility located in Tennessee, attempting to quit an addiction “cold-turkey” or at home could result in very unpleasant symptoms, such as dizziness, confusion, panic attacks, depersonalization, muscle aches, dilated pupils and more, depending on the addiction. The severity of the addiction, the person’s history, circumstances, and more – several factors could be at play for how withdrawal enacts in their body.
Additionally, some forms of treatment may not be safe, such as anesthesia-assisted opioid detox. This form of detox is often considered a “magic bullet” by patients because they want to “go to sleep and wake up clean” but this is not a healthy solution because while the medication may help mask the symptoms, there is no promise that withdrawal symptoms will not be present. California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) members Lori Karan, MD and Judith Martin, MD discussed in 2011 the dangers of anesthesia-assisted opioid detox by stating that patients who receive this form of treatment provides a false goal of medication-free treatment.
In general, the “quick detox kits” are not the healthiest forms – doctor consultation is recommended to ensure the safest recovery. The National Institute on Drug Abuse noted in 2016 that medical detoxification safely manages the physical symptoms of withdrawal. Medical toxification often includes a health support care team that works to help a person go through detox as safely and painless as possible. The most common addictions that need this form of detox are: prescription pain pills, alcohol, cocaine/methamphetamine, benzodiazepines, club drugs, inhalants, marijuana, and more.
Detoxification is only the first step to recovery, and those who undergo detox should continue to an addiction treatment center to learn more about their disease and how it affects their body. Many treatment facilities will provide tools to help individuals overcome urges and work through their emotions. Psychotherapy is another important component of treatment because it allows people to discuss their problems and find the core root of their issues. If you are planning to detox, speak with a doctor today to ensure that you choose the healthiest, most effective detox plan possible.
Having the right support matters for long term, total recovery. From detox to sober living, our programs give you and your family the support you need. New Vista Behavioral Health offers a family of treatment providers giving exceptional care for recovery in mind, body, and spirit. Our programs are held to higher standards for providing clinical care in a range of treatment levels resulting in better outcomes. Your recovery is our goal. Start the journey today by calling us for information: 888-316-3665