Drug and alcohol abuse in the United States is an epidemic. Of the tens of millions of Americans struggling with addiction, however, few will get the help they need to make a lasting recovery. In some cases, this is because they don’t feel like they need help or feel that they can handle their substance use problems on their own. More commonly, however, people do not think that they can take time away from the responsibilities of work, school, or family. And in other cases, they simply don’t know where to begin. For people struggling with severe addiction issues, the first steps toward recovery are often taken in medically supervised detox programs like the one at the Addiction Recovery Institute of America.
If you or someone you care about is battling a substance use disorder, reach out to ARIA today at 844.973.2641 to learn more about the range of services our team of addiction specialists offers, including our detox center in Florida.
What Are Detox Programs?
Put simply, detox programs and substance abuse treatment programs help individuals to manage withdrawal symptoms while medical professionals safely remove toxic substances from the body. When an individual is addicted to drugs or alcohol, their body has become conditioned to it. In other words, their brain chemistry and many physical processes have changed as the body has become dependent. As a result, the effects of withdrawal can be extremely painful. They can even be fatal. This difficulty is why attempts at detox so often result in relapse, and also why the process must be managed at detox centers like ARIA’s detox center in Florida.
The types of withdrawal symptoms depend upon the substance and vary widely between individuals. They also depend upon factors like the duration of use, the severity of the addiction, and how much time has passed since the last use. Common withdrawal symptoms include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Lightheadedness and dizziness
- Unexpected or excessive perspiration
- Diarrhea and/or constipation
Individuals with more severe addictions may experience more severe symptoms, including seizures, hallucinations, comas, or in extreme cases, death. Whatever the severity of an individual’s addiction, detox programs help manage these symptoms and ensure a safer detox experience.
The Benefits of Medical Detox Programs
Medical detox in one of ARIA’s detox programs is usually the first step on the road to recovery. It is generally followed by residential addiction treatment, in which residents participate in individual and group therapy, and learn to avoid triggers and establish healthy routines. Because detox involves the complete removal of the substance or substances from the body, the individual is spared many of the mental and physical symptoms of going “cold turkey” and likelier to avoid relapse.
This does not mean that detox is easy, even in detox centers. However, medical detox does offer several distinct advantages. Among these are:
- Medical detox thoroughly removes toxic, addictive substances from the body, allowing residents to focus on the psychological and emotional aspects of recovery.
- The process prepares residents for the rehab process.
- It reduces the intensity of withdrawal symptoms.
- Residents report that medically supervised detox gives them the peace of mind, mental clarity, and focus they need to move forward in their recovery.
- It allows residents to avoid immediate relapse.
Detox centers like our drug addiction treatment center in Florida continually monitor residents medically to ensure that they are as safe and comfortable as they can be. Once the body is free of toxins, rehabilitation is more likely to succeed.
Learn More About ARIA’s Detox Center in Florida
If you or someone you love is battling addiction, you know how difficult it can be to stop using substances and get clean. In ARIA’s detox programs, you don’t have to go it alone. Reach out to the Addiction Recovery Institute of America today online or by calling 844.973.2641. Recovery is just around the corner.