The first thing that must be done to begin the recovery process is to free the body of all mind-altering substances through detoxification. Addiction detox is of urgency that requires being handled with the utmost care. Detoxification may have 24-hour supervision and observation along with support for addicts that are intoxicated or experiencing withdrawal. Evaluating the length of time and the dependency the patient has on drugs and alcohol is crucial in implementing a safe detox and any additional services that may be needed.
During detox, the body experiences withdrawal symptoms that differ depending on what drugs were used. Detox is an intense process that affects the body as well as the emotions of an addict. Strong emotions can erupt due to physical discomfort and not being able to take drugs to cope like an addict normally would. A nurse, a doctor, or a therapist can help manage the uneasiness of detoxification through supervision, support and possible medication.
One classification of detox is sub-acute detoxification. This type of detox also calls for help cleansing the body of intoxicating substances. Sub-acute means that the withdrawal symptoms may not necessarily be as life-threatening or as painful as other forms of detox. Programs can be inpatient or outpatient because there is no danger of injury or mortality. Patients are typically healthier or more stabilized when going through withdrawal.
In the beginning of a sub-acute detox program, blood and urine tests are taken from the addict to analysis how much the intoxicating substances are in the body. From there the patient is questioned about their substance abuse and asked about their prior usage of said substances. This information is used in the addict’s favor to indicate the pattern in which substances were abused.
Pharmaceutical drugs may be omitted out of sub-acute detoxification because they may not be necessary to administer to certain patients. Withdrawal may be a little unpleasant to go through without medication for the symptoms of withdrawal, but the amount of time to get all the intoxicating substances out of the body is much quicker. In more extreme cases, medication assisted treatment can be used. Sub-acute detox can be used for tapering off of these medications as well.
Having treatment after detox is important because it can be very difficult to stay clean and sober without any additional support. Depending on the different addictions and the amount of each substance that was abused can be a telling sign of whether or not sub-acute detox is right for any given patient.
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