Drug and alcohol addiction has been and continues to be a problem all over the nation. People turn to addictive substances for a variety of reasons including stress, boredom and peer pressure. The reasons vary, but the result is the same; people become addicted, and eventually, they need help overcoming that addiction.
Once a person admits they have a drug addiction problem, the next step is to go through detoxification to rid their bodies of the harmful chemicals. However, because illegal drugs can have such a hold over the mind and body, it is often recommended that they undergo medical detox. The medical detox process helps patients manage their unpredictable withdrawal symptoms through the supervision and assistance of medical professionals.
At Drug Treatment Centers Norwalk, each patient is provided with the utmost quality care and attention to ensure that their withdrawal process is as safe and as comfortable as possible. Call us today at (203) 242-8279 if you or a loved one is in need of addiction recovery.
Many people are under the misconception that no matter how severe their drug problem is, they can detox successfully on their own by quitting cold turkey and going it alone at home. However, this misconception is why so many people suffer needlessly and relapse before they even really get started.
When a person forms a drug addiction, their minds and bodies become dependent on that drug through chemical reactions in the brain and the rest of the body. When that stimulus (the drug) is suddenly taken away, the body craves it intensely and will go through withdrawals that are often painful and potentially life-threatening.
Heroin is one of the most addictive illegal substances available on the streets, and as such, withdrawals can be brutal. Withdrawal symptoms can include severe muscle cramps, intense aches and pains in the bones and muscles, fevers, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, strong cravings for heroin, emotional outbursts such as uncontrollable crying, and chills and sweats, just to name a few.
If a person has other health conditions such as heart problems or infections (heart infections are common among heroin users), the heroin detox process can be fatal without medical assistance. Dehydration is also a very real possibility as eating and/or drinking are difficult given the other symptoms. IV Fluids can help to keep dehydration from becoming a fatal problem.
Crystal meth is another very addictive illegal substance. The withdrawal symptoms for crystal meth, however, are markedly different. Many of the withdrawal symptoms for crystal meth users are mental, rather than physical. They include intense paranoia, delusions and hallucinations, psychosis, and severe depression.
Delusions, paranoia, and hallucinations can be particularly dangerous for the person detoxing and those around them if proper precautions are not taken. In a medical detox facility, doctors and nurses can closely monitor the patient and prevent them from doing harm to themselves or others if such a psychotic state emerges.
Medical detox serves a slightly different purpose for each type of drug and its subsequent withdrawal symptoms. However, the end goal is clear; it is designed to minimize the pain and discomfort of withdrawal and to prevent and treat any medical conditions or emergencies that emerge during the process. The point of addiction recovery is to become healthy once more, and medical detox helps to ensure that health and safety are monitored from the moment you begin the recovery process.
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