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Drug Detoxification Process

drug detox processThe drug detoxification and withdrawal processes are integral first steps in defining an individual’s drug treatment plan. Often the effects of drugs on the brain rationalize continued use and skew otherwise good judgment, so having a period of no drug use is important in getting that person to a stable state of mind. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) TIP 45 on drug detox notes that this period is a “window of opportunity” for an individual in both personal and medical crises to consider further treatment. During detox, an addict can clear his or her head and think about future plans for treatment. The idea is to get the individual to begin to recognize the addiction and decrease and eliminate drug use.

What Is Detox?

Detox is a series of interventions that are designed to manage withdrawal symptoms and acute intoxication, as defined by SAMHSA. Detox is separate from substance abuse treatment; it is a precursor for it. Sometimes it can last for a few days, but for others, detox may go on for a few months. Futures of Palm Beach has detoxification specialists who can help you successfully treat withdrawal symptoms and get you into a treatment plan that is individually designed with you in mind. Because detox does not solve the emotional, social, psychological, and cognitive issues associated with addiction, it is highly recommended that you pursue a long-term treatment plan.

Steps of Drug Detox

There are three steps to detoxification that, by the end, should ideally transition the individual into an inpatient or outpatient recovery plan.

1. Evaluation

In order for an appropriate treatment plan to be effective, it is imperative to accurately diagnose and assess a person’s addiction. The evaluation stage does more than identify the addiction and the level of use; it is also helpful in determining any underlying medical or psychological conditions or complications that may be co-occurring along with the drug abuse.

2. Stabilization

Stabilization is the process by which a person begins withdrawal from drugs. The goal in mind for this stage is to obtain a drug-free state. Medications can be prescribed during this phase to help with the addiction process, especially if the user has a history of heavy use. Once the person has achieved a state of balance, so to speak, and thoughts stabilize, a real recognition and acknowledgement of addiction can begin. This opens the doors to recovery treatment and the user’s role in the process.

3. Fostering Entry Into Drug Treatment

It is reported that a large number of individuals undergoing detox do not seek further treatment for substance abuse addiction. While reasoning for this varies from person to person, one thing is certain: Those who follow through with drug-free treatment often have higher success rates for substance abstinence. There is an emphasis on addiction education and commitment to sobriety. Once this stage is complete, a person can continue with a facility’s drug treatment plan in either an inpatient or outpatient setting.

Getting Treatment

It is not too late to seek treatment for your addiction. If addiction is controlling your life or the life of someone you know, call Futures of Palm Beach today. We have a specialized addiction treatment facility and qualified professionals dedicated to your success. You can talk to a qualified clinician who can best determine what options are available to you and how you can move forward with achieving a drug-free life.