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Title: A Complete Guide to Medical Detox


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A Complete Guide to Medical Detox and What to
Expect
2
Introduction
  • The road to recovery is riddled with hardships.
    But braving through it and coming out clean from
    the other side is as life-changing as it gets.
    The very first thing to do on the journey to
    sobriety is to stop using and letting your body
    remove all harmful substances that are in your
    system. This is more commonly referred to as
    detox.

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Table of Contents
  • What is it?
  • How to decide who needs it?
  • How long does it last?
  • What goes on during detox?
  • Symptoms of withdrawal and the importance of
    detox
  • Why is assisted medical detox better than doing
    it by self?
  • Types of medical detox
  • Dealing with the stigma
  • Important steps to take after you are done with
    detox

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What is it?
  • The first step to becoming sober is quitting
    alcohol or whatever drug the victim has been
    indulging in. Detox is the process where you stop
    consuming said drugs, and your body gets rid of
    the previously administered drugs. This process
    can be painful, and withdrawal symptoms can be
    tough to manage alone. Furthermore, going cold
    turkey after certain drugs can be
    life-threatening. Medical detox is a treatment
    method where medical professionals assist you
    through the withdrawal and help you manage your
    symptoms.

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How to decide who needs it?
  • Medical professionals take several factors into
    account to decide if an addict requires medical
    detox and, if so, the kind that fits them best.
    But it is recommended that any addict wanting to
    quit should not stop using abruptly, as their
    body might not react well to the sudden change.
    Hence, if you are looking to quit or help a loved
    one do so, consult a doctor and get their
    professional opinion.

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How long does it last?
  • There is no rigid timeline for detox. It may
    last only a few days for some and several weeks
    for others. Numerous factors influence how long a
    victim of addiction might take to cleanse their
    bodies of the substance they abused. Some of
    these factors are
  • The kind of substance abused
  • How often did the victim indulge in the substance
  • The amount of substance used
  • The addicts age and gender
  • The addicts genetic makeup and family history
  • The current mental and physical condition of the
    user

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What goes on during detox?
  • Once you have decided to quit, the first step is
    to consult your doctor to see which kind of detox
    is the safest option. After a thorough
    examination of your current physical and mental
    health and analysis of the type and amount of
    substance you took, the doctor will suggest a
    detox plan tailored to your condition.
  • The next step is the detox itself. Based on the
    plan your doctor recommended, you will either be
    kept at a treatment centre with around the clock
    care or be assisted periodically while at home.
    You will be monitored to ensure you are not in
    any danger, and you will receive medication if
    necessary.
  • Once done with detox, you will be provided with
    further treatment options to ensure your
    continued sobriety.

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Symptoms of withdrawal and the importance of detox
  • Some common symptoms that usually accompany
    withdrawal are
  • Anxiety
  • Body aches
  • Shivering
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Lack of focus
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Increased irritability
  • Disturbed sleep patterns
  • Along with these, withdrawal from certain drugs
    can also induce hallucinations, seizures, and
    thoughts of self-harm and suicidal thoughts.

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Why is assisted medical detox better than doing
it by self?
  • Once your body has grown accustomed to a
    substance, suddenly going cold turkey could be
    not only permanently damaging but also
    life-threatening. With assisted medical detox,
    the danger factor is almost completely removed as
    medical professionals are involved. They can
    prescribe medicines if needed and can help you
    manage your withdrawal symptoms better.

10
Types of medical detox
  • Detox by drug type This kind of detox is based
    on the type of substance abused by the patient.
    Some drugs lead to physically painful
    withdrawals, while others, like heroin, have a
    more significant psychological effect. During
    medical detox, such medicines are administered
    that mimic the effect of the abused substance to
    an extent. This eases the bodys transition to
    sobriety.
  • Detox based on the severity of withdrawal
    Depending on the length of time and the amount of
    substance abused, the intensity of withdrawal may
    vary. Some people have withdrawal symptoms that
    are far more manageable than others. This is why
    some patients are suggested inpatient detox with
    constant surveillance and care, while others can
    stay at home and receive treatment through
    residential detox programs.

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Dealing with the stigma
  • Unfortunately, there is a tremendous amount of
    stigma attached to the concept of addiction and
    detox. People often criminalize or demonize
    addicts when they are just victims. While going
    through detox, not having the support of friends
    and family can be incredibly discouraging. If you
    have a loved one going through recovery, treat
    them with love and respect. Compassion can be
    extremely beneficial during the recovery process
    and even after that. A nurturing and
    understanding environment is necessary to avoid
    relapses.

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Important steps to take after you are done with
detox
  • Detox, in itself, is not the complete recovery
    process. It is merely the first step in the right
    direction. An addict must continue their recovery
    through other follow up procedures. A doctor can
    suggest the appropriate long-term treatment plan
    for them. These recommendations may include but
    are not limited to
  • Addiction counselling
  • Group therapy or social therapy
  • Inpatient or outpatient rehab programs
  • The fear of withdrawal often holds people back
    from quitting. However, with the right kind of
    help and support, a victim of addiction can
    overcome all physical and mental barriers. With
    enough strength, will, and determination, nothing
    can prevent an addict from becoming their sober,
    healthy self again.

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