It’s safe to say that most people who get addicted never intended to. Maybe at a party, they met someone who encouraged a try, or they drank from the wrong punch bowl, or they swallowed what they thought was an aspirin. Maybe it was misguided, and they did something they didn’t know they’d regret. Maybe they were thrill-seeking, trying to find something new and fun to do.

Discovery InstituteThere’s too many stories in the world to list them all. The only common thread here is addiction. It is the end result of ingesting an addictive substance, and for some substances, it is the whole point behind making them. People don’t set out to do things that will only do them harm, but when that happens, they need help. And the first major hurdle is detox.


What Is It?

At its core, detox is just letting one’s body do what it always does, and let it eliminate the foreign chemicals by itself. Besides laxatives and diuretics, there’s no real way to improve on what the body already has been doing for thousands, millions of years. However, a body addicted to a chemical will fight back if it doesn’t have it. Withdrawal symptoms are an unfortunate but necessary part of the process of detoxification, but the harshness of the process can be mitigated with a bit of help. Doctors and clinical staff involved in detox are all trained to monitor symptoms and step in if it gets too hard.


What Kinds Are There?

There are broadly two kinds of detox: detox in a clinic and detox at home. Both have their advantages, but home care has a major disadvantage: the patient will be living and be responsible for their own detoxification process. Since they have fallen to addiction before, it’s possible that in a setting where they aren’t supervised and they’ve taken addictive substances before, they might slip back into the habit, just to avoid some of the discomfort. This is bad for the process, and can lead to relapse and overdose if the patient isn’t absolutely careful. Rehab can’t truly begin unless the patient abandons drugs altogether, but if they can, then their new life can begin.


If you or someone you know is addicted, and they want help from a detox center in New Jersey, contact us at 844-478-6563.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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