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Drug Detox Program
Drug and alcohol abuse in the United States is an epidemic. Sadly, millions of Americans living with addiction do not get the help they need. Some people don’t believe they need help. Others may think they can handle the problem on their own. At ARIA, many of our patients come to us after trying to stop using on their own. Sadly, most patients simply cannot quit on their own. The safest and most effective way to quit use is a medically supervised detox. What exactly is detox, and what can you expect during our program?
What Is Detox?
Addiction develops when the substance being used hijacks the patient’s brain. Normally, the human brain sends out pleasure/reward signals for healthy activities. When a substance is used, the brain sends these signals as a “reward” for use. This is what causes the “high” feeling. Over time, though, the brain comes to depend on the substance in order to function. When the substance is not in the system, the brain sends out distress signals. This is called withdrawal.
Medically supervised detox is needed to help treat the withdrawal symptoms while the body cleanses itself. When an individual is addicted to drugs or alcohol, their body has become conditioned to the substance. In other words, the patient’s brain chemistry and many physical processes have changed as the body has become dependent. This condition is known as Substance Use Disorder (SAD). As a result, the effects of withdrawal can be extremely painful. They can even be fatal.
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. These can include seizures, hallucinations, comas, or in extreme cases, death. In a medical detox facility, staff can monitor and treat these symptoms to ensure a safe detox process.
Advantages Of A Drug Detox Program
Medical detox in one of ARIA’s detox centers is usually the first step on the road to recovery. It is generally followed by residential addiction treatment. There, residents participate in individual and group therapy, learn to avoid triggers, and establish healthy routines. Detox involves the complete removal of the substance or substances from the body. The patient is spared many of the symptoms of withdrawal they would otherwise experience. Most importantly, a safe and supervised detox makes a future relapse much less likely.
No one will claim that detox is easy, even in a detox center like ours. However, medical detox does offer several distinct advantages. Among these are:
- Removal of toxic, addictive substances from the body, allowing patients to focus on long term treatment
- Preparation for the next stages of treatment
- Reduction of the intensity of withdrawal symptoms
- Peace of mind, mental clarity, and focus are needed to move forward in the recovery journey
What Does Detox Look Like?
When you check into our facility, your care team will conduct a thorough medical examination. We will check vital signs, and ask you questions about your medical history. Be prepared to tell us about any medications or substances you may be using. We may also need to know about your family history. Each treatment plan is unique, and the more we know, the better we can treat your symptoms. We may also ask about your current living situation to determine the next steps once detox is complete.
During Your Stay
Contrary to popular belief, modern detox centers such as our Florida facility offer luxurious accommodations. You will be assigned a private room, and you will have access to media and common areas. All meals are prepared fresh each day. Plenty of fluids and snacks are available as well. If you have a question or need assistance, just ask! Your care team is available around the clock for you. Your safety and comfort are our top priority. Your length of stay depends on your specific circumstances. However, most patients stay in detox for around 1-2 weeks.
Once detox is complete, you will move into either the residential or partial hospitalization treatment program. Your care team will continue to monitor your physical health. Most of your days will be spent in therapy sessions or group 12 step meetings. As in detox, you will have plenty of creature comforts at your disposal.
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