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Most drug and all alcohol addictions require a detox program before the start of the rehabilitation program. This process of detoxification removes all traces of drugs and alcohol from the body in some cases. In other cases, maintenance medication may be given to counteract the withdrawal symptoms associated with certain drugs, such as opiate prescription drugs and heroin.
The severity of the detox process varies from person to person, depending on the substance in question, how long they took the drug and at what dosage levels, and if there are any other addictions involved. When a person takes a drug or consumes alcohol regularly, the body becomes accustomed to having certain levels of the substance in it. Once the substance is removed, the body can go into a type of shock, causing withdrawal symptoms to occur. Some withdrawal symptoms can occur immediately, but most usually occur within 24 hours after the last dose.
Withdrawal symptoms include, but are not limited to:
Issues with concentration
Inability to sleep
Trembling or shaking
Rapid heart rate
Muscle tension and pain
(*Our staff is well trained and well equipped to take care and manage all the above withdrawl symptoms.)
The type of treatment, including any medicinal assistance, received during detox will depend on the specific type of addiction being treated. Prior to detox, patients should be assessed by professional medical personnel to determine what degree of medicinal assistance they may need during the detoxification part of rehabilitation. Addictions, such as those to heroin, opiates and alcohol, often require medications to combat the severity of the withdrawal process.
Detoxification is generally a safe process when undergone in a supervised medical setting. Addicts should never attempt to detox on their own at home; the results could be deadly.