Detoxing from alcohol or another substance can not only be physically and mentally painful, but it can also be deadly. It’s essential if you have become dependent, or addicted, to alcohol or illicit or prescription drugs to first safely and comfortably rid your body of these nasty chemicals—known as detoxing. The detoxification treatments are a sought-after first step in the treatment of AUD and SUD.
How Do I Know if I Need Detox?
There are several signs to identify if you have a substance use disorder. According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), these symptoms may include, consuming high amounts of the addictive substance to achieve the desired effects (the build-up of tolerance), using them longer than intended, failing to quit using substances despite repeated efforts to do so, experiencing unpleasant withdrawal symptoms when the effects of the substance wear off, spending a great deal of time obtaining the substance, using it, and recovering from its effects.
If you are experiencing two or more of these signs within the past year, you may greatly benefit from a detoxification program
There are about 14.4 million adults over the age of 18 with an AUD and 20.3 million over the age of 12 with a SUD in the United States, according to the 2018 National Survey of Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Of these millions, only about 10% get the treatments needed to recover from their addiction. And while the journey of recovery is a lifelong one, the first essential step is the detoxification process. Detoxification is defined as the physiological or medicinal removal of toxic substances from a living organism. Whether you have AUD or SUD it’s essential to detox first. Luxury addiction treatment centers can make all the difference in safely traversing this first stage of the recovery process.
Detoxification is essential when the body has become accustomed—addicted—to have either alcohol or another substance (or even both or multiple substances). Suddenly stopping putting this substance into one’s body can wreak havoc and as mentioned can result in deadly consequences. This stage of treatment is sometimes the most difficult to navigate. In addition, during this initial stage when many are withdrawing many relapses occur.
Finding a luxury addiction treatment center will help you or a loved one safely withdraw from addictive substances and decrease the chances of relapse early on in treatment. People in this initial stage often relapse when they try to ‘go it alone’. Not only do they put their lives at risk, but the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms also send many back to using their substance of abuse. For many, they just are unable to handle it alone—and they shouldn’t be doing it alone.
When it comes to withdrawal symptoms from alcohol or drugs—both illicit and prescription—symptoms can be similar. Each individual will have their own set of symptoms based on their own physiology, the substance used, length of time the substance was used, how much of the substance was used when the last time it was used, and the amounts of the substance being used.
Physical Symptoms of Withdrawal from Alcohol, Illicit Drugs, or Prescription Drugs
- Nausea and vomiting
- Hallucinations or delusions
- Delirium tremens (DTs)
- Racing heart
- High blood pressure
- Excessive sweating
Psychological Symptoms of Withdrawal from Alcohol, Illicit, or Prescription Drugs
- Disorientation or confusion
- Racing thoughts
- Sleep disturbances
If you or someone you love is suffering from an AUD or SUD, it’s imperative to seek treatments at centers that offer medically supervised detox treatments. Detoxing under the supervision of medical professionals and caring addiction treatment professionals at a luxury rehab facility enables individuals to successfully get through this often excruciating stage of treatment.
From the ability to prescribe medications to help ease some of the discomforts from withdrawal to counselors who know first-hand how challenging navigating the detoxification process can be, luxury rehab centers offer support and comfort to their patients.
Why choose a luxury detox program? Recovery from AUD and SUD can be a challenging journey. It is important to start out strong and be in a place where your body, mind, and soul can be nourished and healed. Luxury detox centers offer the solace, support, and amenities that help on the journey.
If you or someone you love is ready to take the first step to live a life free from addiction, Futures Recovery Healthcare is here for you. Offering detox, evidence-based treatment programs, and one of the strongest alumni programs around, Futures helps those ready to start their recovery journey.