Why Detox Can Mean Life or Death

Posted on Aug 16, 2017
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Why Detox Can Mean Life or Death

Detoxing from drugs and alcohol can often be a very uncomfortable, difficult, and frightening process, and one of the main reasons struggling addicts delay seeking treatment. If you are struggling with alcohol and drug addiction, the first step towards successful treatment and recovery is to begin with a medical detoxification. Due to the emotional and physical stress detox puts on one’s body, there are significant benefits to turning to medical professionals at a facility rather than trying to quit ‘cold turkey’. During active addiction, the body typically endures prolonged use of a substance or substances and in patient care detox is a vital preliminary step before attending a rehab program.

Getting the drugs and/or alcohol out of your system on your own can be very dangerous and even deadly depending on the substance used. Defined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, detoxification is a “set of interventions aimed at managing acute intoxication and withdrawal. It denotes a clearing of toxins from the body of the patient who is acutely intoxicated and/or dependent on substances of abuse”. Withdrawal symptoms can vary from seizures, anxiety, hallucinations, nausea, dehydration and most seriously, death. Monitored detox mostly eliminates many of these complications, making the process as easy as possible. For this reason, it is always recommended to seek a detox center where possibility of complication is minimized and the procedure can be done with as little risk as possible.

Although medical detoxification is only the first step of addiction treatment, and by itself is typically insufficient in aiding addicts to maintain long-term recovery, it is a highly recommended start to your journey to addiction treatment. We offer a medical detox program that includes the support needed to get through this difficult time, and reassurance that you do not have to do this alone.

Our drug and alcohol detox and rehab in Austin, Texas treats all forms of the disease of addiction with a focus on opioids and heroin. If you or a loved one is struggling with opioid addiction or heroin addiction, get help now. Infinite Recovery offers a confidential hotline at (844) 206-9063 and our admissions team is available 24/7 online.

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