The Importance of Detox for Addiction
When it comes time to seek treatment for an addiction to alcohol or another drug, there are many options for care. But for individuals who wish to jumpstart their journey to recovery, a residential treatment centre with a detoxification programme may be the most appropriate choice.
Drug and alcohol dependence wreaks havoc on the lives of the countless individuals it touches. And a person who has entered the battle with substance addiction will have trouble maintaining the ability to perform at work or school, and may experience marital or relationship problems, difficulty maintaining friendships or even caring for his or her basic needs. Over time, when an individual becomes physically dependent on an illicit substance or substances, he or she will likely require increased doses or more frequent use to achieve the same desire effects. This is referred to as building up a tolerance, and once this has occurred, it makes ceasing use all the more difficult.
Many men and women who struggle with addiction truly want to find a way to reclaim their health and live a substance-free life. But the very nature of chemical dependence means that once a person abruptly halts using the drug of his or her choice, painful withdrawal symptoms set in as harmful substances leave the body. Sadly, many individuals resort to using their substance of choice again in an effort to halt the negative physical and psychological symptoms that they are experiencing.
The good news is that there is help available for men and women who want to end their chemical dependence that can alleviate the discomfort of the withdrawal process. Residential treatment centres that provide detoxification or detox services allow individuals to rid their minds and bodies of harmful substances under the supervision of medical professionals.
Benefits of Detox
Options for treatment may seem endless, but for those individuals battling a substance misuse disorder, a residential treatment centre may allow them the level of support they need to achieve a lasting recovery. Further, a treatment centre with a supervised detox programme can help individuals begin their journey to sobriety with a clear mind and a sound body. Under the care of experienced professionals, individuals can ready themselves for the next phase of treatment in a safe, comforting environment. The following briefly outlines some of the many benefits of incorporating a detox programme into an individual’s plan of care:
- Detox programmes go to great lengths to ensure that participants can detox in a substance-free environment. By eliminating any possible temptation to use, individuals will successfully avoid the temptation that can often lead to relapse.
- There are inherent physiological concerns when withdrawal symptoms take hold. But by detoxing under the supervision of qualified medical personnel, an individual’s health and safety is monitored 24/7, ensuring a safe experience.
- Depending on the patient’s needs, medication can be prescribed to limit or remove painful symptoms during the withdrawal process. For many men and women, fear of these distressing physical and mental symptoms prevents them from accessing what could be life-saving care. Knowing these symptoms will be relieved during a supervised detox may provide additional motivation to access treatment.
- After detox is completed and an individual is ready to be discharged from the programme, there are a myriad of possible next steps in the continuum of care, and detox staff can assist participants in choosing treatment options that fit one’s individual goals. Regardless of the type or level of care an individual will access after detox, he or she will be more able to benefit from these supports once they have cleared toxic substances from his or her system.
If you or a loved one is interested in learning more about how a detox program like the one at The Manor Clinic can help jumpstart the road to recovery, we hope you will contact us at your earliest convenience. We are here to answer questions, and we will work closely with your general practitioner once a referral to access our services takes place. While the road to sobriety has many challenges, the staff at The Manor Clinic can provide support in each step of the way.