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Everything You Need to Know About Detox

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD By January 17, 2019
Monmouth County Detox

The term “detox” has become very trendy these days. Many people are very into detoxing their diets with juice cleanses, or detoxing their homes by decluttering and tidying up.

But when we talk about detox in terms of addiction, the results are just the opposite. Detox in terms of addiction is a subject that is feared.

Much of the fear centers around two things. First, there is a great misunderstanding of what detox really is. Many individuals fear detox due to horror stories exaggerating parts of the process, making it seem impossible to get through. While detox is not a pleasant experience, there are many misconceptions about Monmouth County Detox that are false, misguided, and so on.

The second thing that the fear regarding addiction detox revolves around is the very real fear of facing withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms are very real, and very unpleasant. We will discuss them in depth below.

However, we want to clear up some of the myths about Monmouth County detox so that you, or someone you love, is excited to get clean to pursue a new life of sobriety, rather than scared to go through detox. We at Discovery New Jersey are here for you every step of the way.

What is Dependency?

Why do we need to go to detox? What is the point? The answer, is dependency. Here is how it works. Evolution, natural selection, and survival of the fittest have hard-wired us to chase things that give us pleasure. Pleasurable things used to be rare, such as finding a sweet apple, reproducing, and so on. We were hard-wired due to evolution to chase those good feelings.

The issue is that the feelings associated with addiction are very real. These pleasurable feelings derived from using drugs are not fake or made up. The substances cause our brain to mass produce these euphoric feelings. We would never experience feelings of euphoria under most ordinary circumstances.

Here lies the issue. The brain thinks that these feelings are helping our survival instincts. In this way, our brain experiences these pleasurable feelings brought on by substance abuse and thinks, “This substance must be good for our survival.” Thus, we become hard-wired to chase after that thing just like we would food.

After this, something even worse happens. Granted, maybe the first few times you did the drug, or drank the substance, is was a matter of choice, but your brain begins to change with even that first use.

Over time, addiction changes the pathways in your brain. It changes the pathways associated with memory, motivation, and rewards. This occurs until we are no longer able to feel normal without the substance. This is what is referred to as dependence. This is why, even though we know that binge drinking all the alcohol we have will cause us to feel terrible, throw up, or even prolong an extremely debilitating disease, we do it anyways.

The reason is because our brains have physically and chemically changed. We are dependent on the substance. This is why we refer to addiction as a disease.

What is Withdrawal?

Remember how we said that addicts cannot feel normal unless they have the substance? Well, withdrawal is the “not normal” feeling we get when we do not have the substance any longer after a period of use. Some of the symptoms of withdrawal are as follows:

  • Paranoia
  • Anxiety
  • Sweating
  • Shaking
  • Itching
  • Hallucinations
  • Feelings of nausea or vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light

All of the above are possible side effects of suffering from withdrawal. Withdrawal happens when you are dependent upon a substance and do not intake that substance for a period of time so that your body begins to crave the substance.

While this may seem frightening, at Discovery Institute, our medical professionals will be with you every step of the way to help you through the withdrawal phase of getting help.

What is Detox?

Detox refers to the several days, or few weeks in which the remaining traces of the substance are flushed from the body. See, certain substances remain in the body for several days. They remain in our skin, hair, blood stream, and urine. The length of time it takes to completely flush them out of the body varies from the duration of time is was used, and what the substance itself is.

As you can see, these negative symptoms are why so many are averse to Monmouth County Detox. Detox is the very first stage in the treatment program, and it is often the most uncomfortable. This is because the addict comes face to face with the withdrawal process, yet the drugs have to be flushed from the body in order for healing to really take place.

Rather than intaking more substances and satisfying the withdrawal, you have to endure it. Then, wait until it wears off. This is not to say you will not want to use again after detox is complete, but rather, it is when all the substance is flushed from your body, and you can take the next steps toward recovery.

Can I Detox On My Own?

We would never recommend trying to detox on your own, under any circumstances. Most of the time, simple willpower is not enough to overcome the devastating withdrawal symptoms, the dependency of the brain, and the sheer desire to use again. Rather than try to use your own willpower, you should be edified by a community that loves and cares about you, seek professional treatment, and change your thinking through therapy.

In addition to this, detoxing on you own is simply unsafe as many unexpected complications can arise. Yet, our team of medical professionals at Discovery Institute will be able to help you through this tough phase in your recovery journey.

All of these are available with us at Discovery New Jersey. However, first, one needs to seek Monmouth County detox. At Discovery New Jersey, we have professionals who are prepared to meet your every need, focus on you individually, and help see you succeed. In extreme cases, we can even prescribe medicinal help for extremely difficult withdrawal symptoms.

On the other hand, trying to cut our drugs cold-turkey on your own is extremely difficult and may even be life-threatening. You will most likely not have anyone to help you for those days or weeks, (certainly not anyone trained), and the cases can be so dire your life might be at risk.

Do not take the risk. Take the leap with us, instead. We are here for you and want to help you succeed.

Contact Us

We at Discovery New Jersey are here for you. It is not too early, or too late, to seek addiction treatment. Now is just the right time to seek Monmouth County Detox. Please reach out today with any questions, or even if you just want to talk. You can contact us 24/7 by calling us at (844) 478-6563. Take your life back today.

Article Reviewed 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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