Arranging your first trip to a detox facility can be a bit overwhelming. If you have detoxed from drugs or alcohol on your own then you already know how tough of a process it can be. Handing yourself over to a team of professionals that you’ve never met before can cause distress, even if you know that they have your best interests at heart. These detox programs exist to make the process of withdrawal much more manageable for people suffering from serious addictions.

The Detox Process

While detox is recommended as a part of the recovery process, it’s not necessarily a requirement for someone to complete a rehab program. Detoxing from drugs and alcohol can be a particularly dangerous process, during which medical supervision is necessary to insure the patient’s safe withdrawal. Many times a recovering addict will try to get sober on their own, only to find themselves relapsing after a few days.

The initial phases of detox can be very difficult time for some people, both physically and emotionally. For example, the physical withdrawal symptoms of alcohol after only a few hours of not drinking are not only uncomfortable but may also be life threatening. To mitigate this issue the medical staff is on hand to provide effective support and medications to help the body stabilize.

Physical and emotional symptoms of withdrawal may include:

-Sweating
-Muscle Aches
-Agitation
-Seizures
-Nausea
-Bone and Joint Pain
-Anxiety
-Suicidal Thoughts
-Insomnia
-Depression
-Mood Swings
-Psychosis

“These detox programs exist to make the process of withdrawal much more manageable for people suffering from serious addictions.”

- United Rehabs

Patients may also benefit from psychotherapeutic treatment during this difficult time addressing the issues of cravings and long standing substance abuse. Especially if the patient suffers from mental health disorders such as depression or anxiety, these symptoms can be amplified due to withdrawal. Detox alone is usually not enough to stop the patient from abusing drugs or alcohol and follow-up care is recommended.