Drug detox is the first step in the recovery process of drug addicts. Though a painful and an emotionally draining process, it is absolutely necessary. Individuals addicted to drugs, over years absorb harmful toxins from the drugs which are fatal. These toxins need to be flushed out of the body to begin the process of drug treatment. The basic belief is that the residue of the toxins in the body leaves the body through pores of skin in form of sweat. To make the addicted individual sweat out these residual toxins they are involved in physical exercise routines and saunas. There are medications available which detoxifies the body within a few hours but it is always advisable to let the body go through natural detoxification process which might take a few weeks and the result is absolute cleansing of the entire body inside out.
Drug Detox Programs
Different rehabilitation’s provide different drug detox programs and most of the programs are tailored to suit individual patients and their requirements. But there is a basic underlying process of drug detox. To explain in brief:
- Analysis of Drug Residue- The first step is to determine the amount of drug induced toxins present in the body through a series of medical tests and examinations. It is only after these tests it is determined how critical is the patient’s condition and approximately, how long will it take for the drug detox process.
- Depriving Patient from the drugs- The addicts are deprived of the drugs. The patients are totally kept away from the drugs which had taken total control of their lives till now. The patient requires constant supervision as the drug deprivation is bound to cause behavioral changes and sometimes the patients might even become suicidal.
Drug Detox Process
The detoxification process takes a mental as well as a physical toll on the patients because during this time their body starts craving for the drugs in which they have been addicted to for years. The body starts reacting, like the patients may feel nauseated, sweat constantly, their palpitations are higher, they vomit etc. Though painful, these are the symptoms that indicate that the patient is recovering. Slowly the body becomes accustomed to ‘not using drugs and the physical symptoms also start dying away.
Now the patients are in a better state of mind and are slowly gaining their composure from drug addiction. Once they feel the difference, they start taking back hold on their life and are willingly to go through the entire recovery process with will and determination.
Drug detox is the first step in addiction treatment. To know more, call our free helpline at (866) 531-4569.