Detoxification is defined as removal of harmful substances (or their effects) from the body. People who are addicted to drugs or alcohol must go through detoxification, usually in a detox center, in order to be ready to start rehabilitation from their physical dependence on the substance of abuse. Until their body is free of the influence and symptoms of drug or alcohol use, it’s virtually impossible for individuals to address the root cause, effects and nature of their addiction in rehab.
How a Detox Center Helps
Detox center programs provide patients with the guidance, support, medical supervision and comfort needed to safely enter sobriety after prolonged substance abuse. A detox center provides the following services for patients seeking to recover from addiction to drugs or alcohol:
- Eases discomfort
- Prevents occurrence of most difficult symptoms
- Provides medical help, as needed
- Appropriately nourishes the patient during detox
- Maintains patient dignity
- Prepares the patient for rehab
- Ensures confidentiality of patient records and information
Once detoxification is complete, the patient is ready and able to enter rehab. This next step is very important to ensure relapse doesn’t occur.
Entry Into a Detox Center
When a patient first enters a detox center, an intake assessment is conducted. Through conversation with the individual, the intake manager explains the program and how it works. Paperwork must be completed and there are usually multiple questions about the individual’s drug or alcohol use, so treatment planning can take place.
It’s very important for patients to be open and honest in answering questions and completing paperwork at the detox center. It’s from these answers that the individual’s detox plan is developed. If details are left out, the result can lead to health complications, improper medications and a less-than-adequate detoxification.
Overcoming drugs or alcohol at a detox center isn’t mean a painful or uncomfortable experience, unlike the misconceptions many people have about the process. Through a quality program, detox is made as safe, comfortable and as stress free as possible.
When a patient enters a detox center, a treatment plan is developed and tailored to the unique needs of that patient. Such individual needs may include physical, emotional or psychological considerations.
As previously stated, detox is only effective when it’s the first step toward rehab. Without the treatment services and therapies of a rehabilitative program, relapse is almost inevitable for patients who have successfully detoxed. Why? Because addiction is the result of underlying issues that led to alcohol or drug dependence. It’s not the problem itself. Detox provides entry into rehab where underlying issues are treated, which ensures patients have a real chance of lifelong recovery.
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, 335 people were studied through detox and into their lives following successful cleansing of drugs or alcohol from their body. Without rehab, 58% of these patients returned to using narcotics while a startling 8% died or were imprisoned as a result of their returning addiction. These statistics clearly demonstrate why being treated through a quality, evidence-based rehab program is so important to ensure healthy, long-term recovery from drug or alcohol addiction.
Florida-Based Detox for A Real Chance of Recovery
When you or someone you love needs help for addiction to drugs or alcohol, detox is the first step toward recovery. Serenity House Detox of Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, Florida provides a safe, comfortable environment in which to detox under expert medical supervision.
The help you need to reach lasting recovery is available now. To begin on your path to recovery, call Serenity House at 1-866-396-4129.