Fear of the painful, uncomfortable, and sometimes risky symptoms of withdrawal can keep some people from seeking treatment for drug and alcohol use disorders. While it’s possible to stop using drugs and alcohol without a drug and alcohol treatment center, the DIY method can make withdrawal riskier and more complicated than it is with help. A drug and alcohol detox center provides not only a safe place to cope with withdrawal symptoms, but it can also start you on a steady recovery journey.
Why Do People Need a Drug and Alcohol Detox Center?
Detox, or detoxification, is the time immediately after you stop using alcohol or drugs. Physical, emotional, and psychological symptoms that occur as soon as you stop using alcohol or drugs can be severe. While many people know about the dangers of alcohol withdrawal, they may not know what the withdrawal symptoms and treatments are necessary for detoxing from drugs. Fortunately, Recovery Ranch PA offers numerous substance abuse addiction treatment programs such as:
- Alcohol addiction treatment
- Heroin addiction treatment
- Opiate addiction treatment
- Methamphetamine addiction treatment
We designed our drug and alcohol detox center to help you safely and comfortably through the first few days after you stop taking drugs and alcohol. The center not only offers a safe, substance-free place to detoxify your body from drugs and alcohol, but it also provides medical monitoring and 24-hour care.
What are Some Symptoms that Can Occur While in Detox?
Some people find that cravings are so intense when they stop using drugs and alcohol that they relapse and return to using the substance almost immediately. Cravings result from dependency. In nearly all types of drug or alcohol dependency, your central nervous system (CNS) has adjusted to the constant presence of the substance in your body. When you remove the substance, your nervous system reacts, causing cravings. Withdrawal can also lead to anxiety, depression, inability to concentrate, and other neurological or psychological symptoms.
Physical symptoms of withdrawal vary depending on the substance. Alcohol withdrawal can have severe physical symptoms, including seizures and DTs (delirium tremens). Alcohol and a variety of drugs cause symptoms that are slightly less serious, but which can cause you to be uncomfortable. These symptoms may also include nausea, vomiting, sweating, and insomnia.
Detox Helps to Manage Symptoms
Detox helps you to manage the symptoms of withdrawal during the first few days after you stop drugs or alcohol. You can receive medications to help ease the symptoms. You are in a comfortable, safe environment while your body adjusts to being substance-free. A drug and alcohol detox center helps you to cope with the physical and emotional symptoms of withdrawal.
Is Detox Part of Drug and Alcohol Rehab?
Medical professionals designed medical detoxification to help you overcome acute medical and psychological symptoms that are a natural result of stopping drugs or alcohol after an extended period of use. While detox is an essential first step in treatment, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), it is only the first stage of treatment. Detox may take as little as two days. However, it can last three to five days or longer, depending on your needs.
Is There a “One Size Fits All” Approach to Detox?
Detox is most effective when you have medical and psychological support. The support can assist with your individual needs in a drug and alcohol-free environment. Recovery Ranch PA offers a holistic, individualized drug and alcohol detox center that can meet your physical and psychological needs. You will also find spiritual healing at Recovery Ranch, PA.
Detox is a time to focus on healing and freeing your body and mind from drugs and alcohol. After you finish detox, you can continue with a treatment plan that’s right for your recovery needs. Recovery Ranch PA offers alternative therapies for detox and drug and alcohol rehab, including:
- Mindfulness-based therapy
- Spiritual practices
- Art and music therapy
- Fitness therapy
- Equine therapy
You don’t have to do detox alone or quit cold turkey. Medically supervised drug and alcohol detox centers are there to help. You can be as comfortable as possible during the time your body is adjusting to being drug and alcohol-free. Reach out to Recovery Ranch PA at 717.969.9126 and start your recovery today.