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Drug and alcohol addiction are nationwide problems that no community is exempt from, and Milford is no exception to the rule. Many people in Milford may be struggling from a drug or alcohol addiction without realizing all of the help that is readily available to them. Medical detox, one of the best treatment options available for addiction, is one such form of help.
Through medical detox, patients have access to round-the-clock care and supervision. As this process can be very difficult for some, our medical detox staff is available for guidance, support and medication management should the need arise. To find out more about the medical detox protocol at Drug Treatment Centers Milford, call today at (203) 713-2573.
Drug and alcohol detox is the process of eliminating the drug (or drugs) a person is addicted to from their body, and dealing with withdrawal symptoms that may arise as a result.
Detox is meant to break the physical addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. The physical aspect of drug addiction stems from the chemical reaction the drug causes when it enters the body. After repeated use of a drug, the body becomes unable to perform certain tasks without the chemical to trigger the reaction.
Detox is designed to break this dependence by getting the body to relearn to function as it did before the drug abuse began. In a medical detox setting, this occurs gradually or incrementally, by slowly weaning the person from the addictive sunsatnce(s). This is accomplished with prescription medications administered at very specific doses and times in the detox process to help the body process the changes.
Home detox is dangerous for a couple of reasons. First, the gradual weaning that occurs in a medically supervised detox program is not possible at home. So, instead, most people who detox at home try to quit outright. This sends their body into immediate, intense withdrawals. These withdrawals in and of themselves can be dangerous and life-threatening.
Additionally, if the withdrawals get to be too much for the recovering addict, they may give up during the detox process and relapse. This process of sudden withdrawals and relapse that can occur several times when a person attempts to detox at home is also dangerous.
This is because each time a person shocks their body into withdrawals and then begins using the drug again, they can do serious and permanent damage to their internal organs and systems. When they try to detox again after this, their withdrawals will likely be more severe and potentially dangerous as well.
Every drug affects the body differently when used. As such, each drug can elicit different withdrawal symptoms. However, there are several withdrawal symptoms that are somewhat universal among drug and alcohol addicts. These can include:
Many people think that once they are detoxed, they are in the clear and over their drug or alcohol addiction. However, without additional treatment for their addiction, they will likely relapse soon thereafter. This is because detox does not address the feelings, thoughts, and behaviors that caused the person to begin abusing drug or alcohol and to develop an addiction.
Treatments following detox such as group and individual therapy, behavior management, SMART recovery, and even restorative yoga will help to treat those causes of addiction and help recovering addicts to develop coping mechanisms to deal with temptations and their own thoughts and behaviors to avoid resuming substance abuse.
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