The Detox Process

Detox is a process during which a person abstains from or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances, like drugs and alcohol. There are many ways to safely and comfortably detox from substances in an Arizona detox center.

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When individuals become addicted to a chemical substance, it can be dangerous or even deadly to quit “cold turkey”. Not every addict requires a detoxification program before entering into a drug and alcohol treatment program. However, it is extremely important that a professional complete a full evaluation of the individual before making that decision.

When Medical Detox is Suggested

Our admissions team can help advise you if detox is necessary in order for you to safely begin treatment. If medical detox is suggested, we will make a recommendation for detox with a leading drug and alcohol detox center in Arizona where you or your loved one will detox in a safe, comfortable, and medically supervised detox facility.

What Does the Detox Process Involve?

The first step of a long, challenging process is usually the most difficult, and that is true for those with an addiction as well. If you are starting the recovery process, you may have concerns about what will happen.

Detox is the first step to recovery, and if not properly managed and supervised, withdrawal symptoms can be dangerous and even deadly.

The First Step

When you start the detox process, you might experience some withdrawal symptoms. Depending on the length of drug use and the kind of drug used, those symptoms could vary. Some more common withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Shaking
  • Anxiety

Medical Detox

Often, medications are used to help you through the detoxification process with minimal discomfort. The amount and kind of medication used is often dependent on when you last used drugs. As an example, the effects of heroin could last from 4 to 6 hours, but it varies based on the method of use, such as whether you used the drug by sniffing, orally, or by injection. Be sure to give the correct information to your intake team, so they will be able to determine the right treatment approach for your situation.

Truthfully answer any questions asked, so your team can come up with a practical, personalized plan of treatment for you. Often, secrecy surrounds addiction, but you need to throw the secrets aside, as you will be asked questions about:

  • Drugs you take frequently or occasionally
  • Dosages amounts and frequency
  • Drug sources

The Intake Interview

When the facility’s team interviews regarding your use is complete, there will be a review of your mental health and medical history. Be honest because the medical team should be fully aware of any problems you are facing, so they can come up with an effective plan specifically created for your needs.

While the interviews can tell the medical providers a lot about your drug abuse and addictions, there could still be some questions left lingering. Drugs metabolize at different rates in people, and sometimes you might not recall all the details. Many drug treatment programs will require urine and blood tests for drugs as part of your intake.

Drug Tests

Drug tests may be susceptible, detecting drugs in your blood, saliva, or urine as many as four days after use. These tests can uncover issues you might not recall, or you may fail to disclose. These tests will give doctors the data they need for your treatment program.

A Safe, Controlled Withdrawal at an Arizona Detox Facility

When you are in a licensed rehabilitation facility, you will go through the withdrawal process in a safe, controlled manner. The program is designed to help you get through the program as safely as possible. This doesn’t mean you won’t have any discomfort during the withdrawal and detox process, but the detox team will work to keep your experience as comfortable as possible.

The withdrawal process is supervised using the withdrawal scale, which involves considering the presence and the severity of the more common signs of withdrawal. The most common signs of withdrawal are an accelerated pulse, GI symptoms, chills or sweats, restlessness, yawning, shaking, anxiety, aching bones, pinned pupils, goosebumps, and runny nose. Those who have more severe symptoms may be given medications to help ease the discomfort, but those who are experiencing moderate or mild symptoms could benefit from a less intense form of treatment.

If you are unsure if you need Arizona detox, contact an admissions counselor today at Silver Sands Recovery.

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