Many substances, notably alcohol and opiate based drugs, cause a physical dependence within the body. Stopping use abruptly causes severe anxiety and physical sickness. This leads to more use, and putting off treatment due to the fear of the detox process. For some people, this is a small and seemingly insignificant step. For others, discomfort and uncertainty surround withdrawal. Whether your detox is easy or difficult, it is an important step and must be done before you can move on in your recovery.
We treat the detox step as a significant part of recovery because it is during this time that your body and mind are adjusting to functioning without drugs or alcohol. For as long as you have had your addiction, you have been feeding unhealthy substances into your body, continuously adding toxin upon toxin to a floundering body. Before you can go through rehab and therapy, you need to allow time to detox and heal from those toxins.
People who stop drinking alcohol after years of abuse risk having fatal seizures among other painful symptoms. A medically supervised detox ensures clients safely withdrawal from alcohol.
While withdrawal from heroin is rarely life-threatening, it’s an extremely painful process. The detox program keeps the client comfortable and helps prevent relapse.
Opiate-based medications, like oxycodone, can cause serious withdrawal symptoms when an addicted person decides to stop. Medical help during detox can alleviate these symptoms
Anti-anxiety drugs, like Xanax and Valium, can be just as dangerous as alcohol to withdraw from. The program gradually weans clients off these drugs and prevents deadly seizures.
These prescription drugs are often used to treat insomnia, but can become addictive if abused.
Because withdrawal from these sedatives can be deadly, medical help is essential.
A wide range of drugs that includes cocaine, crack, and meth, stimulants are extremely addictive. In a safe detox setting, staff can help clients cope with the mentally taxing effects of withdrawal.
First, your detox is assessed to be completely sure you are medically stable and safe. Then, during the detox period, you will be provided with healthy meals and snacks, plenty of rest, and the opportunity to exercise and get outside and enjoy nature. All of these things promote deep down healing of the body and mind, so that you can be well on your way to recovery.
We understand that you feel nervous and anxious about going through detox, but detox can be difficult and that makes the addict fearful of detox. At California Highlands Addiction Treatment, we provide supervised detox that allows you to remain comfortable the entire time. Through supportive care and natural pain management techniques like yoga, meditation, and mindfulness, we help you cleanse your body of the toxins that have been afflicting it.
Detox can last a few hours, or a week or longer. For most people, it takes only a few short days. Throughout the process, our caring and experienced staff will be here with you, motivating you to get through so you can move on to the treatment phase of recovery.