Addiction is a chronic disease that stems from chemical dependence on drugs and alcohol. Overcoming addiction, like raising a child, can take a village. Many believe detox is the hardest part of recovery, but that is not the case. Many of the most challenging aspects of recovery come later. Fortunately, having a stable foundation of community support and internal desire can minimize these challenges significantly. While detox is the first step and can seem intimidating, a drug and alcohol detox program can make the transition into addiction treatment easeful and smooth.
The high-quality medical detox program at Oceanfront Recovery is designed to help people eliminate toxins from their bodies as painlessly as possible and transition seamlessly into the following recovery steps. At Oceanfront, we understand the complexities of recovery, and our expert team can customize each person’s treatment to reflect their needs and goals. If you or someone you love is ready to recover, contact us at 877.296.7477.
What Medical Detox Is
When a person’s body becomes dependent on a substance (anything from sugar to heroin), the removal of that substance causes physical, psychological, and behavioral distress that is often proportional to the amount of the substance consumed and the time over which the dependency has developed.
When it comes to drugs and alcohol addiction, a person may experience a wide range of symptoms during detox, including:
- Irregular bowel movements
- Irregular heartbeat
- Depression and anxiety
Medical detox offers a safe, supervised environment wherein professional support and medical care can be administered to ease the detoxification process. Sometimes medical detoxification includes medication to relieve the symptoms of withdrawal. It can also include IV therapy to replace essential nutrients and fluids depleted during addiction and detox.
What Medical Detox Is Not
While detox removes toxins from the system and alleviates the acute symptoms associated with withdrawal, it is not a form of addiction treatment in that it doesn’t address root causes or underlying beliefs and habits that impede sobriety.
Medical detox is not a fix-all or a one-step cure for addiction. Instead, it is the first step in a journey to recovery. Easing the detoxification process and creating a smooth transition out of detox can significantly improve a person’s chance of successful recovery.
Choosing medically assisted detox as the first step to addiction recovery is not a sign of weakness. Instead, it shows a commitment to seeking the help necessary to recover.
The Benefits of Medical Detox
In addition to easing the transition into addiction recovery, medical detox offers numerous benefits:
- Supervision—Removing addictive substances from the body can put it in a state of shock and distress, which can be dangerous. With constant care, your safety during detox is ensured.
- Customized treatment—Your symptoms are monitored so that support and medication can be adjusted by the minute to make withdrawal more comfortable and safe.
- Safety—Your physical safety is a top priority, and when it’s in the hands of professionals, you’re free to rest and recover.
- Pain management—Withdrawal can be painful, and unmanageable pain prevents many people from moving past this phase into addiction recovery. Medical detox offers a variety of pain management strategies and supports.
- Increased chances of making a full recovery—Medical support dramatically increases the chances of successful recovery.
Heal from Addiction with Oceanfront Recovery
At Oceanfront, we know how hard it is to take the first step toward addiction recovery. We’re dedicated to making it easy and pain-free to create a smooth transition from detox to addiction treatment. Our team is committed to caring for you as we’d care for you. Contact us at 877.296.7477 or fill out Oceanfront Recovery’s online form to get the support you need.