Overcoming Drug Addiction, From Dependence To Detox

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The term ‘detox’ refers to detoxification, an advantageous measure used to assist the body in discarding any harmful substances or poisonous toxins within it. When you take drugs, your body is exposed to toxins, which damage the internal tissues and can cause harm to your physical well-being. When presented with the toxin of drugs or alcohol, the body reacts identically to how it would behave when battling a poison or infection, by attempting to flush them out of your system so that restoration may begin. However, this often leads to agonizing withdrawal symptoms, which can be unbearable if tackled alone.

Withdrawal can be a painful process. Several neural and hormonal systems are affected by substance abuse, and when it ends, they are thrown into confusion.

Medical detoxification is carried out under trained supervision so that that any withdrawal symptoms or unexpected circumstances that arise can be quickly and effectively handled with the appropriate medical intervention. This often makes medical detoxification a safer, more comfortable option than some other detox programs.

How We Become Dependent

Our DNA provides the basic design that dictates how our body grows and how it works, and our metabolism transforms the food we eat into the energy that gets us through the day, creates new cells for growth and controls the elimination of waste from our bodies. Each individual person has a unique set of DNA and a unique metabolism, and these will often play an important role in that individual person’s reaction to drugs, how long it may take them to become dependent, and how well they will react to detoxification.

At times, detox will be unpleasant… but it’s worth it.

When drugs are used they can introduce physiological changes to the body that often affect the way a person behaves, feels and thinks, and drugs can also stimulate chemical reactions in the body that may otherwise have occurred naturally without harmful repercussions. When you make the admirable decision to stop taking drugs and begin battling your addiction, the toxin to which you have become dependent begins to be removed from your system as the body starts to detoxify. Regrettably, when drugs are habitually used over a long period, they may begin to teach your body to produce less natural substances, switching instead to a reliance on drugs. Therefore, when you stop taking drugs the body protests and insists it needs the substance back by bombarding you with withdrawal symptoms, such as emotional distress, pain and sickness. Withdrawal symptoms can be different for different people, and can range from providing mild discomfort to severe, dangerous and even lethal possibilities, indicating the difficulty the body is having in attempting to detoxify.

The Advantages of Medical Detoxification:

Many kinds of drugs can provide disastrous withdrawal symptoms resulting in severe medical implications which can go as far as to causing permanent harm or even death. Furthermore, while some narcotics, such as morphine or heroin, do not always produce life-threatening withdrawal symptoms, the signs of withdrawal can be so horrible that almost no-one is capable of getting through them successfully without some form of medical help.

Ninety-five percent of people dependent on or addicted to narcotics who try ‘cold turkey’ withdrawal on their own usually give up and stay on the drug, according to government figures.

Medical detoxification is intended to provide a safe and comfortable scenario in which to address the issues of drug and alcohol withdrawal. A good medical detox will always follow a detailed plan and procedure, and the doctors helping you will be trained in understanding every known type of drug and all the potential withdrawal symptoms or complications that may come with it, so that your detoxification can be tailored to you, as medical detoxification is not a one-size-fits-all treatment.

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