What is a Drug Detox?

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Detox, or detoxification, simply put is the process of toxins leaving the body. Detox is the starting point to begin the drug rehabilitation process. Going through this can be scary and uncomfortable, however there are a lot of programs and medications to help with the withdrawal symptoms.
Medically Assisted Detox is supervised by medical or mental health professionals. Medically assisted detox is usually found within an inpatient program. There are a variety of medications that professionals can use to help you with the variety of withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms vary from drug to drug. Heroin withdrawal symptoms include hot/ cold sweats, restlessness, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, insomnia, anxiety, and more. Cocaine withdrawal symptoms include exhaustion, restlessness, vivid nightmares, difficulty concentrating, slowed brain activity, and more. When going through withdrawal in a medically assisted program there are medications a medical health professional can prescribe to help you get through them.
Depending on the substance and program, you may hear medications like Suboxone, Vivitrol, or Methadone. They help with the extreme discomfort that comes along with detoxing. The medical professional will know what type of medication and dose that medication accordingly.
Detox is the first stepping stone to getting clean. Detox gets you clean, but it is only the beginning of staying clean. The time after detox is precious time you can use to get ready to get back to your life and make real changes. Residential programs are highly recommended. They provide you time to truly focus. Inpatient and outpatient programs are incredibly helpful to anyone just starting out after detox.

Author: Kayla Bashada

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