What is Medical Detox?
Medical detox is what is referred to when someone wants to cleanse themselves of their drug or alcohol problems using medicine. This process begins as soon as a patient decides they want to recover, should they need medical detox. In all honesty, each patient’s treatment depends on their individual needs.
There is an assessment period that takes place when patients come to a treatment facility, and this helps determine what kind of substances they’ve been using, the intensity of their usage, and their overall health. This is done to rule out any other unknown medical issues each patient may have.
At Amethyst, we don’t only focus on a patient’s addiction; we also want to help them in whatever else they may be going through. Comprehensive exams are given to each individual so that they may disclose any other medical or social history. This allows us to determine specifically what kind of treatment they may need, and if medical detox will be a part of their treatment program.
About Our Detox Program at Amethyst
From the moment that our patients come through the doors of our treatment facilities, their needs concerning their recovery are assessed and met. We do this because not every patient is the same. Each individual is unique, and as such, they may require unique treatment. Each patient is monitored carefully by our doctors, and every member of our staff strives to give every patient the best care available for their recovery journey.
Detox treatment is meant for those who are in the mere development stages of their recovery. It is done this way because of the harsh reality of withdrawal. When people are addicted to drugs or alcohol, their bodies become dependent on the substances they’re using, leading to a state of unrest when one stops using. These symptoms are usually painful, uncomfortable, and sometimes fatal (depending on the patient). This is why it is so important to monitor one’s detox treatment in a facility or under the close eye of a healthcare professional.
At Amethyst, we do our best to provide each patient with detox that meets their needs. What is most important to us is that everybody has the best detox experience available. Our programs aim to respect the minds and hearts of those participating as to not suffer any sort of physical or psychological pain from their withdrawal.
Is Detox Necessary for Me?
You may require medical detox if you experience the following:
- Body Aches
- Muscle Tension
- Rapid Heartbeat
- Irregular heartbeat
- Mood Swings
- Sharp Shooting Pain
Every individual who struggles with substance abuse does so in their way. People are all unique; there is no one the same as the other. Therefore, when deciding on a treatment method that works for you, it is necessary to assess your own needs. For those who are dependent on drugs or alcohol to function properly physically or emotionally, it may be a sign that they need medical detox.
When someone detoxes on their own or does so without the oversight of a proper doctor, the symptoms of withdrawal that are produced are very uncomfortable and extremely painful. This is one circumstance that can lead someone to relapse. When the discomfort becomes too much to bear, drug or alcohol use becomes more and more enticing.
The goal of seeing somebody through the whole medical detox process is to dum down or prevent withdrawal. Many suffer from addiction whose fear of withdrawal keeps them from making the right decision regarding their recovery. At Amethyst, our desire is for resources to be available to those who are suffering from the symptoms of withdrawal so that their recovery may be comfortable and successful.
Because modern medicine has made such great strides throughout the years, those who suffer from substance abuse no longer have to deal with drug withdrawal without some help from qualified professionals. There are doctors, facilities, and medication available to comfort those who are hurting; this all makes it possible for those who seemingly had no path to sobriety to recover to their full potential.
Can I Detox On My Own?
When those who suffer from addiction want to pursue a life of stability and sobriety, they will most often quit altogether. This cut is clean, and is commonly referred to as “cold turkey”. Cold turkey is when someone quits doing something completely without taking any gradual steps towards their goal. This has the potential to be very dangerous for many who deal with substance abuse.
The reason many people do this is because they believe it is the only approach to achieving their goals as quick as they’d like to. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Quitting cold turkey without the help of medicine to gradually wean people off of a particular substance could prove to be detrimental to someone’s health, or even their life. Some people feel as though they can’t afford the cost of rehab, but the cost of rehab is nothing compared to the cost of one’s own life.
Detoxing from Home: Why You Shouldn’t
Many who suffer from addiction and recognize the severity of their situation tend to diagnose themselves and self medicate. This form of treatment is very dangerous and most often is motivated by a fear of something they do not completely understand. Rehab is difficult, but when it’s done correctly, within the care of a treatment facility, it can be done comfortably and has the power to change someone’s life for the better.
The Help You Need is a Click or Phone Call Away
Addiction is scary, and it can often leave someone unmotivated, not willing to do whatever it takes to recover because fear has paralyzed them. To get better, however, we must sometimes do what is most uncomfortable. For many, this means stepping foot into a treatment center.
At Amethyst, you can rest assured that we will approach you with love and understanding. We believe in meeting our patients where they are to give them the treatment that is best for them. If you or a loved one are suffering from substance abuse, you’re not alone; you can contact us here.