When Is a Medicated Detox Necessary?

Published On 20-May-2019
By Tim Wood

Addiction is a disease that affects every fibre of one’s being internally and externally. The mind, body, emotions, as well as the family and friends of an addict, are all affected. For an addict, the feeling of being stuck or doomed is evident as they repeat mistakes over and over.

If you are dealing with addiction directly or indirectly, you aren’t alone. Studies show that approximately 21 million people in America alone are battling some type of addiction.

If you are battling with addiction, your friends and family members may have already suggested different treatment options. Although it is great that they want to help, it can be a daunting task trying to find which treatment option is the best for your problem. Here’s what you need to do;

Understand medical detoxification

Most people imagine being in a hospital setting when they hear the word medical detoxification. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Medical detoxification isn’t about medical facilities that look like jails. Instead, they are facilities with caring staff, conducive environments, substitute drugs, and expert medical attention.

Furthermore, it’s not a must for you to be confined to a rehab when getting addiction treatment. Many rehabs offer outpatient services which are not any different from partial hospitalization which a touch of conducive environments for recovery.

When medicated detox becomes necessary

As mentioned above, you can get drug addiction treatment by walking in and out of rehab like you would going to the hospital for routine checkups. However, when you start suffering from withdrawal symptoms, it is advisable to be under constant care.

Addicts usually suffer from withdrawal symptoms such as chest pains, depression, irritability, muscle tension, racing heart when they try to stop using drugs on their own. In fact, this is one of the main reasons why it is so hard to quit drugs without professional help.

Although withdrawal symptoms vary depending on the substance taken and stage of addiction, addicts will usually need some medication to cope with withdrawal symptoms.

In some cases, addicts can suffer from life-threatening symptoms like vision problems, heart attacks, seizures, and strokes. Such withdrawal symptoms must be managed by a professional to avoid serious health complications or even death. You may find yourself battling other problems like suicidal thoughts or constant relapses.

In such a case, a medicated detox is necessary.

Who is medical detox for?

In most cases, addicts must deal with the physical aspect of addiction before tackling emotional and mental aspects. Medication goes a long way in helping you cope with withdrawal. Once you are done with detoxification, you can focus on the mental aspects using support groups to aid your healing.

It can be challenging knowing whether you/a loved one needs to deal with the physical aspects of addiction before going on with treatment.

Although there is no precise black and white to this, there are some guidelines that should be followed. You must find out the answer to the following; How long has the person been using drugs? You also need to find out if they have experienced any physical withdrawal symptoms in the past when trying to quit.

Do they have an intense craving to use the drug? If they have been using drugs for a long time and answer yes to physical withdrawal symptoms and cravings, they need a clinical detox. The next focus should be on what an addicts body is “saying” when “hit” by a craving.

Cravings can be as frequent as a few hours after going without a drug. Cravings are a result of the mind’s intense fixation with getting high. When an intense craving hits an addict, they want to do nothing else regardless of the cost of indulging.

For a moment, the anger or guilt that comes with using drugs isn’t enough to stop an addict from taking a hit. In most cases, intense cravings can’t be ignored, especially if there is no medication involved. You are bound to fall for the craving, which leads to the same cycle all over again.

Cravings are common with addiction since addictive drugs expose the body to certain pleasures. The chemicals in the drugs offer put an addict’s body into a sense of euphoria. With time, the body becomes tolerant, making it harder to feel as good as before.

The drug may continue producing adequate pleasure; however, any attempts to quit results in cravings that are increasingly intense.

Depletion of essential chemicals in the body

Long-term addiction usually depletes the body of important chemicals like serotonin and dopamine. Besides making you happy, chemicals like dopamine motivate you and give you a reason to exist, wake up every morning. As the addictive substance delivers pleasure, the body halts production of these feel-good hormones.

Hormones like serotonin regulate behaviour, hunger as well as many other important functions like digestion. Without serotonin, you can’t be able to digest food properly or control hunger and behaviour. Serotonin also makes you sleep better, boosts your memory and sexuality.

When you quit indulging, your body doesn’t have anywhere to derive pleasure from. Since addiction depletes the body of important chemicals, it doesn’t have naturally-produced dopamine or serotonin. Since you have stopped tricking the body into “feel-good mode” using drugs, you must readapt.

This process takes time. Before the body can naturally produce dopamine and serotonin, your ability to do many things is hindered. You can’t regulate your behaviour or do anything else the chemicals help you to do. In such a case, a medicated detox is recommended.

You are not alone!

In a nutshell, dealing with addiction is challenging. The above information highlights why you need help. Exploring your options is an excellent way to start. In most cases, a medicated detox is essential. You also need to remember you are not alone.

We are passionate about helping you/your loved one feel whole again. We have a unique blend of effective treatments, clinical expertise, and a tested and proven transformational life mode. Call Us Now if you are considering having a medicated detox. We offer free addiction advice.


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