Drug Detox

Alcohol and Drug Detoxification

The first step prior to dealing with the underlying issues of drug abuse may be detoxification. Detoxification or “detox” refers to the process of removing toxins from the body. Drug and chemical detoxification is designed to help individuals’ withdrawal safely from the toxins the body has become dependent on.

What is Drug Withdrawal?

The physical withdrawals of not having the toxins one’s body has become dependent on can cause severe health problems and can even be fatal. Detoxification is an important aspect of the rehab process, it should not be considered a full course of treatment. Without addressing the behavioral and emotional issues surrounding one’s drug abuse, an individual is likely to relapse again. There are two models of detoxification, medically-managed detoxification and non medical detox.

New Life House Drug Detoxification

Medically Managed Detoxification

The withdrawal symptoms an individual may experience can be both painful and discomforting, in some cases, it may even be fatal. This discomfort can deter an individual from the detoxification process and lead them back to becoming substance dependent.

 

A medically managed detoxification provides supervision and the utilization of specific medications to ease the withdrawal symptoms in a safe manner. This is done through the care of a doctor that specializes in addiction medicine. Certain medications used to ease withdrawal symptoms can be habit-forming themselves.

 

Medically managed detoxification is the most recommended model of detox for individual depending on habit-forming substances. The safe and supervised setting allows an individual personalized care as they go through withdrawal.

Drug Detox is Not Drug Treatment

New Life House shares the same philosophy as most reputable alcohol and drug treatment programs. Successful recovery from alcohol and drug addiction is usually a two or three phase process- detoxification (1), primary treatment (2) and/or rehab aftercare/sober living (3). Detoxification strictly focuses on removing the toxins from the body and should not be considered as a successful recovery model. Alcohol and drug detox is necessary for primary treatment and aftercare to be effective.

Identifying teen prescription drug abuse early can help prevent hard drug abuse down the line.

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