Detoxification (detox) is the second hardest step and one of the most crucial towards recovery, following the ability to admit addiction and seek help. After prolonged use of addictive substances, the brain’s chemistry is significantly altered and cannot function normally. Along with the brain, the body experiences pronounced changes which can only be mended through the use of drug and alcohol rehab centers, such as Sprout Health Arizona.
Detoxification and the Dangers of Withdrawal Symptoms
Prolonged substance abuse causes the body to change the way it functions, both physiologically and psychologically. The body adapts to the frequency and amount of substance use, becoming tolerant and dependent; therefore causing the user to increase their intake in order to receive the desired effect. If the substance intake is not increased, users will begin to develop withdrawal symptoms due to their bodies attempting to repair themselves. Some of the symptoms of withdrawal include:
- Muscle fatigue
- Loss of appetite
Unfortunately, those with a severe addiction may experience life-threatening symptoms, such as:
- Respiratory depression
- Fluid imbalances
- Cardiac arrhythmias
Most addicts do not want to deal with withdrawal symptoms and continue to increase their substance intake to combat tolerance; however, this will only cause more problems and increase the risk of overdose and death. Sprout Health Arizona understands that withdrawal symptoms are difficult to endure. We offer multiple options to accommodate each patient’s individual needs.
Different Detox Processes
There are two categories of detox treatment: medically-managed (acute) and medically-assisted (sub-acute). Medically-managed detox is helpful for those with severe withdrawal symptoms who require close monitoring, while medically-assisted detox is less severe and can be done while receiving treatment.
- Medically-managed, or acute, drug addiction detox treatments are equipped to handle moderate to severe addictions. Those who are at risk of life-threatening withdrawal symptoms are required to undergo this type of detox program. A doctor, along with an entire team of medically trained professionals, will carefully monitor the patient in a hospital type setting. Most inpatient treatments require the patient to remain at the hospital until the detoxification treatment is complete.
- Medically-assisted, or sub-acute, drug addiction detox treatments are for patients whose addiction is less severe and do not pose a threat to their safety. This treatment is handled in a rehab facility, like Sprout Health Arizona, by facility personnel instead of medical professionals. These treatments can be completed either at a residential or outpatient program facility.
Sprout Health Arizona aims to provide both methods, as well as a nutritionally-assisted detox. Addiction not only impairs the reward center of the brain, but it also causes a suppressed appetite and lack of necessary nutrients. Nutritional deficiencies are formed; therefore, the nutritionally-assisted detox is necessary to replenish vitality and repair the body’s cells. Nutritionally-assisted detox is sometimes faster than detox programs that rely on medication. It cleanses the body of the harmful substances, repairs brain damage and clears the mind, allowing the patient to become refreshed and ready to take the next step toward recovery.
Every drug addiction detox requires careful monitoring, the administration of medication and a nutritional diet. The medication helps reverse the effects of the substance as well as alleviate the severity of the withdrawal symptoms. A nutritional diet not only replenishes vital nutrients and vitamins, but it can alleviate withdrawal symptoms as well. Withdrawal symptoms can be uncomfortable, painful and difficult to endure; however, we provide as many pain-easing remedies as we can to help manage the process better. Sprout Health Arizona’s drug detox helps prevent fatal consequences resulting from the cessation, or abstinence of drugs.
Alcohol addiction causes many problems, including an electrolyte deficiency, which can lead to delirium tremens, hallucinations and depression. Along with an electrolyte deficiency, patients are subject to dangerously low levels of thiamine and folate. Alcohol detox treatment must include nutritional-assisted detox in order to replenish the nutrients depleted from the alcohol addiction. Detox treatment, whether it be nutritional, medically-assisted or medically-managed, is especially important for alcohol withdrawals because of the potential for lethal consequences.
Sub-acute detox treatments are recommended for patients who experience less severe cases of withdrawal symptoms. These treatments include nutritional and psychosocial support for those recovering with or without medications. Medication-free detox is recommended for less severe cases because it allows the body to remove substances naturally. Sub-acute detox provides patients with support and monitoring without the need for intensive medical care or pharmacological/psychological interventions. Sprout Health Arizona provides patients with therapists that meet with each patient wherever they are receiving detox treatment.