Addiction Treatment & Addiction Therapy Options

How Healthy Does Detox Get Me?

How Healthy Does Detox Get Me?

Detox is an important part of the addiction recovery process, as it removes drugs from your body and breaks physical addiction. However, detox is only one part of the overall treatment plan. To understand where detox fits into recovery, learn more about its various types, its role in your recovery and how it will influence your progress toward sobriety.

About Detox

As a joint effort between with the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, the Treatment Improvement Protocol describes the following principles:

  • Detox does not constitute complete substance abuse treatment
  • The detox process consists of three essential components, evaluation, stabilization and fostering patient readiness for substance abuse treatment. All of these components should be available to people who seek treatment.
  • Detox can take place in a variety of settings and intensity levels. Placement should be appropriate to the patient’s needs.
  • Everyone who requires treatment for substance use disorders needs treatment of high quality and appropriate thoroughness, and they all need to contact treatment providers after detox ends
  • Insurance coverage for the full range of detox services helps people get the help they need
  • Patients who seek detox services have diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds along with unique health needs and life situations. In response, people treatment must adapt to each person’s life.
  • Programs that offer detox should be equipped to tailor treatment to their clients
  • A successful detox process can be measured, in part, by whether addicts enter and remain in some form of treatment after detox ends

These guidelines clearly identify clearly that detox should be an individualized part of a treatment plan. In other words, while it is a significant part of rehab, detox is not the sole solution to addiction.

Types of Detox

Detox is an umbrella term for many treatment methods that remove toxins from the body. Some forms of detox have varying levels of success, such as rapid detox and detox at home. On the other hand, the two most common and highly effective forms of detox are medical detox and outpatient detox, as explained in the post Detox Information.

Medical detox occurs under medical supervision. The goal of this treatment method is to flush the toxins of drugs and alcohol out of the body, which means the body can repair toxin-damaged tissues and create a healthy system. The detox medical team can monitor and handle uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms and any unexpected situations that arise. The goal of medical detox is to create a safer and far more comfortable procedure for people to break their physical addictions.

When medical detox succeeds, there are no more serious medical risks from avoiding drugs or alcohol; however, it does not mean that you are free of problems caused by drug abuse, nor that drug cravings are completely gone. In fact, after detox ends, you are ready not for lifelong sobriety, but for a rehab program.

Medical detox is preferred by most addiction specialists, but, if you cannot afford the time and price of this procedure, then outpatient detox can help you get clean at home with some medical supervision. Outpatient detox usually offers prescription drugs to ease the withdrawal symptoms, and a medical professional will always be available by phone. You will undergo a medical evaluation to ensure that you can detox on your own, but this evaluation cannot predict whether you or not you will encounter serious problems or medical emergencies during the trial. In other words, some problems during detox may render you helpless while you wait for help to arrive, so never attempt to get clean of drugs without help.

From Detox to Treatment

Most addiction professionals acknowledge that addiction treatment should come shortly after detox ends, because then you can get the help you need to maintain recovery and avoid relapse for the long haul. Again, in a joint effort with the agencies mentioned above, a document entitled, The Next Step Toward a Better Life, explains that you can expect the following aspects from rehab:

  • Assessment – The counselor asks you questions about your drug abuse, your physical health and other issues in your life
  • Treatment plan – Together, you and the counselor make a treatment plan that includes identifying triggers, training to prevent relapse, skills to manage stress, self-help groups in which you are comfortable, medicine for pain, cravings or depression, ways to manage time or money and job skills
  • Implementation of the plan – Once you create one of these plans, an addiction professional must oversee this plan so she can adjust it to your progress

Treatment has two goals: one is to help you stop using drugs and the other is to teach you how to avoid drugs and alcohol. It can take a long time for addiction to form, so it takes a long time to learn how to live without going through relapse. However, with professional help, you can get and stay clean from drugs.

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