Drug detox is the first step on the road to drug recovery.
Drug detox refers to the period during which all traces of
the drug are being removed from the body without the additional
consumption of the substance. There are medications to facilitate
drug detox; some of which ease the physical pain and discomfort
of withdrawal while some are used to help the body efficiently
expel all traces of the toxins associated with using drugs.
This crucial stage of drug detox is vital to a complete recovery but should not
be taken lightly or without the help of a medical professional. The withdrawals
from some of the more dangerous drugs can be just as, if not more, physically
dangerous than the use of the drug itself. Opiate withdrawal is one of the most
serious drug detox processes and should be monitored closely by a medical professional
to ensure success and to minimize potential side effects. Some of the side effects
associated with certain drug detox periods are tremors, vomiting, severe body
pain and breaks in psychological functioning. However excruciating some types
of drug detox may be, it is necessary to first rid the body of the substance
it depends on so it may return to a state of functioning without it. It is only
when a client’s mind and body are clear of the substance from drug detox
that the psychological aspects of recovery can begin.
Drug detox programs can
be found in drug rehabs facilities, local hospital and social service providers
and even in some jails or prisons. Law enforcement officials are now more educated
about the dangers of drug detox and some offer medical care during the process
to newly booked offenders. Although a very scary and daunting thought to drug
dependent individuals, drug detox is the first vital step in returning to a life
filled with health, happiness and normal relationships.
Disclaimer: Cliff Schaffer does not personally endorse or support any of the comments made within the writings of this article.