Detox: The First Step in Recovery

The first step in the recovery process is detoxification, ridding the body of the addicting substance. Depending on the substance and severity of addiction, detoxification can be a difficult and medically dangerous process.

We always recommend that detoxification occur with professional medical supervision.

In addiction, the body has adjusted to certain levels of a substance. When that substance is purged, the body goes into withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms vary by substance, severity of addiction, and individual, but can include:

  • Extreme depression
  • Decreased appetite
  • Severe fatigue
  • Agitation
  • Inability to sleep
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Cramping
  • Diarrhea
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Troubled breathing
  • Headaches
  • Muscle tension and pain
  • Seizures
  • Stroke
  • Hallucinations
  • Heart attack

Medical professionals can prevent or treat withdrawal symptoms. They may also provide medicine to lessen withdrawal symptoms or make detoxification easier.

Attempting to self-medicate or detox without professional medical supervision can result in serious health problems or death.

Relationship with Recovery

Detox is a necessary first step in the recovery process. However, detox IS NOT a treatment for addiction. Removing the substance from your body does not remove cravings or help you resist the substance in the future. For full rehabilitation and recovery, you need dedicated counseling and resources.

Oaks Recovery Center is not a medical facility; however, we maintain relationships with detox facilities. If you or a loved one needs to detox before recovery, give us a call (864-538-4569). We’ll recommend a trusted medical resource.

After detox, Oaks offers the concentrated time and experience you need to find lifetime recovery from addiction. With a combination of counseling and lifestyle training, our residents are equipped for a life beyond addiction. In addition, we offer advice and resources for family members and resources.

Don’t let addiction ruin more lives. Make a change today: 864-538-4569.

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