When a patient goes through detox for drugs or alcohol, it is important to be medically supervised. At the Discovery Institute, we provide a medical evaluation as soon as a client comes through our doors. After this thorough exam, we determine the exact needs of their detox. A combination of medicine and therapy ensures that the process will be as comfortable as possible and that no underlying medical issues arise. This is medical detox.

What is Medical Detox?

Medical detox is a necessary step in crossing the bridge to recovery and sobriety. When a person abuses drugs or alcohol for an extended period of time, their system becomes used to operating with these chemicals in it. Removing them suddenly causes withdrawal that can range from mild feelings like nausea to severe symptoms like seizures.

Withdrawal Symptoms Include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • stomach cramps and diarrhea
  • Sweating, clammy skin, and chills
  • Insomnia
  • Restless Legs
  • Disorientation and confusion
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Hallucinations
  • Pain
  • Headache
  • Tremor and shakiness
  • Seizures
  • Cardiac problems
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Convulsions

Medical Detox Makes Things Much Safer

Nurses and doctors are available around the clock in case of any type of emergency. Our detox program ensures that the clients are safe and comfortable. Preventative measures are taken to ensure that some of the harsher withdrawal symptoms do not occur. We ensure a patient is as comfortable as possible because the discomfort of withdrawal is often what leads to relapse. Medical detox is a huge step in preventing this from happening, and getting on the road to recovery.

Choosing to detox from alcohol or drug use at home can be a very harmful choice to make. Not only does it deprive you of the chance to get guidance regarding relapse prevention, but it also puts you at risk of serious repercussions.

During withdrawal, many individuals experience symptoms ranging from mild to extremely intense. While some individuals find success in quitting drug and alcohol use “cold turkey”, it’s important to consider the possibility that this method won’t work best for you. Again, ending substance use suddenly can cause withdrawal symptoms to intensify, making the withdrawal process even more difficult for you to go through. In some cases, quitting drug or alcohol use can even cause fatal consequences.

Instead of detoxing at home, you should consider going through a medical detox program. Whether you want to overcome a drug use disorder or an alcoholism problem, a medical detoxification process can help guide you to freedom!

Medical Detox for Alcohol

Alcohol is a legal substance and, therefore, easy to access. This substance seems to be a part of most social events. It’s often found at family gatherings, birthday parties, work events, and so forth. With this abundance of alcohol availability, it’s easier for people to overindulge from time to time.

However, this occasional overindulgence can sometimes become very problematic, leading to an increase in tolerance levels. When a person builds tolerance for alcohol, it means their bodies become used to the effects of alcohol and they need to drink more in order to experience those effects.

After people build tolerance for alcohol, their bodies may become dependent on the substance. This means that they will feel abnormal or “off” unless they have alcohol in their system. Alcohol dependence and addiction can be a little difficult to identify sometimes.

Signs of alcohol dependence include:

  • Uncontrollable drinking
  • Inability to limit alcohol intake
  • Loss of interest in hobbies
  • Social withdrawal and isolation
  • Legal problems due to drinking
  • Inability to feel “normal” without alcohol
  • Problems with concentration and focus
  • Excessive thoughts or conversations about alcohol
  • Financial problems due to spending on more alcohol
  • Trouble keeping up with work, family, and school responsibilities

Sometimes, individuals who are suffering from alcohol dependence or addiction problems may drink despite the negative effects. They may drink excessively at inappropriate times and in situations that could be dangerous, like before driving or before important meetings.

Withdrawing from alcohol use can be difficult because of the symptoms. Common symptoms of withdrawal include irritability, headaches, bodily aches and pains, shakiness and tremors, nightmares, inability to think clearly, insomnia, nausea, and vomiting.

Fortunately, medical detox can help people to overcome alcoholism. Through the use of specific medications and under professional supervision, individuals can go through withdrawal safely and without fear of relapse.

Medical Detox for Drugs

The symptoms of drug abuse and addiction will vary depending on the type of drug being used as well as the amount of time a person has been using the drug. But, whether a person is abusing a prescription drug or an illicit one, the consequences can be very serious.

Some of the signs and symptoms of drug abuse are:

  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Irritability
  • Slurred speech
  • Appetite changes
  • Nervous behavior
  • Fatigue and loss of energy
  • Lack of personal hygiene
  • Problems with coordination
  • Sleep problems (insomnia, etc.)
  • Trouble meeting work obligations
  • Distance and isolation from loved ones
  • Sudden changes in weight (loss or gain)
  • Loss of interest in certain activities or hobbies
  • “Doctor shopping” to acquire prescription drugs

When a person withdraws from drug abuse, they can experience nausea, vomiting, excessive sweating, headaches, increased anxiety, depression, sleep problems, and restlessness. In some cases, the symptoms can be very intense, resulting in panic attacks, seizures, and memory loss.

Medical detox programs work to make sure people don’t experience the intensity of withdrawal, helping to lower the chances of addiction relapse.

Detox, Treatment, and Recovery at Discovery Institute

Our team understands that detoxing from substance use is challenging. We know that the symptoms of withdrawal can be overwhelming and uncomfortable. These symptoms often cause people to relapse and return to substance use in order to stop the discomfort. But, relapse doesn’t have to be a part of your story.

Here at Discovery Institute, we work to make sure all of our clients have a comfortable experience as they transition from a life of addiction into one of freedom. Our mission is to help each individual find their way to a drug-free life and it all begins with a professional medical detox process.

Detoxing doesn’t have to be as daunting as it sounds. And, at our facility, we work to make sure the process is far from uncomfortable. Of course, it won’t always be easy. There will be challenges and some moments will be very difficult. But, through the guidance of our counselors, the supervision of our medical staff, and your own dedication, recovery will become a reality in your life!

Contact Us Today!

No one wants to walk alone. So, here at Discovery Institute, we make sure you don’t have to do that. If you’d like more information about our services, please contact us today. Let us help you begin your journey to a better and more healthy life, free from the bondage and pain of addiction!

If you or someone you care about is dealing with an addiction problem, know that there is hope! Not only can people become free from addiction, but they can stay free from it. If you’re ready to end the negative effects of alcohol or drug abuse in your life, take the first step by calling us here at Discovery Institute. Contact us to begin your journey to recovery!

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by The Discovery Institute