As the main port of entry on the eastern seaboard of the United States, New York and New Jersey are often ground zero for drugs on this side of the US. Drug addiction is common around the two states, and good, honest people can find themselves in a situation where they fall victim to their own weakness, and become addicted to drugs.

Luckily, drug addiction is not a terminal illness, nor a death sentence. It is curable, and the first step to cure it is through the process called detoxification.


Detox On a Technical Level

On its most basic level, detox is the process of letting the body clear itself of any addictive chemical in it. The body does this naturally, through the digestive and excretory process. However, a body that is addicted to a chemical will suffer from the backlash of withdrawal. In the case of some drugs, like opioids or benzodiazepines, withdrawal symptoms can put the user’s life in danger. Of course, there are ways to get around these symptoms and discomfort.


Detox From a Clinical Standpoint

Withdrawal discomfort, unfortunately, is an important and necessary part of the process of detox. Thankfully, doctors and clinicians understand addiction and the various problems around it better than the days where they just threw people in rooms to quit “cold turkey.” There are medicines and training available to weather through the most difficult parts, and avoid some of the potentially fatal symptoms.

Drugs like naloxone can relieve some of the more difficult symptoms of opioid withdrawal, and make the detox experience somewhat more comfortable. No matter the case though, it is important to suffer, because once the body is clear of the chemical, the mental and physical recovery can begin.

If you or someone you know living near New Jersey needs detox and/or rehab, 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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