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Understanding Detoxification Programs

Gleb Sergeyev - Tuesday, April 17, 2018

 

Detoxification is an important step in overcoming substance use disorder. Simply put, it’s when the body is allowed time to process and remove any toxins from a person’s system. Detoxification programs are held at in-patient care centers that oversee and facilitate the process to safely manage the withdrawal symptoms and provide counseling to encourage moving on into the appropriate level of substance use treatment.

Evaluation

The first step when it comes to detoxification is evaluating the amount of alcohol or drugs in the bloodstream through urine, breath, or blood tests. This will help the medical staff understand the substances being used and the extent of the dependency. They will also evaluate the person’s mental state, medical issues, and develop a treatment strategy around those factors.

Once the factors surrounding the individual’s needs are identified, the actual detox can begin.

Stabilization

This is where the person gets used to the detox process of weaning off of problem substances. Medical or psychological issues that were identified in the evaluation process are also addressed. It is this step where the body is allowed the time it needs to remove the toxins in the bloodstream.

Who can benefit from a detox program

Detoxification is a good option for anyone who has developed a substance dependency. When someone becomes dependent on drugs or alcohol, they feel they need the chemical in order to function normally. When they go without the substance they’ve become dependent on, they begin to experience mental and physical symptoms that could become dangerous if not properly managed. This is one reason going “cold turkey” isn’t recommended for many substances.

Detoxification lets body and brain adjust to being without the substance they were addicted to. Once the body adjusts to not having chemical dependency and the addictive pattern of behavior is broken, the patient can be engaged into the appropriate level of treatment.

If you or a loved one are seeking treatment for an addiction, talk to the experts at Haymarket Center. Call us today at 312-226-7984 to discuss your individual case and how a detoxification program could be the first step to help break the cycle of addiction.

Treatment considerations

As with every treatment option, there are some things to consider when looking into a detoxification program. There are some possible side-effects, which medical staff will discuss with the patient.

Also, the program isn’t a guaranteed solution. The ongoing success of the program is dependent on the patient. After treatment is completed, it will be up to them to remain sober.

Detoxification lets body and brain adjust to being without the substance they were addicted to. Once the body adjusts to not having that chemical dependency and the addictive pattern of behavior is broken, the patient will no longer need detoxification treatment.

If you or a loved one are seeking treatment for an addiction, talk to the experts at Haymarket Center. Call us today at 312-226-7984 to discuss your individual case and how a detoxification program could help break the cycle of addiction.

 


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