Once a drug addict has made the decision that they want to get help, they need to make a plan for how to come off drugs. Quitting “cold turkey” isn’t the best choice for most drug addictions, since doing so leads to withdrawal symptoms that may be life threatening and can lead the individual to relapse – thereby putting their lives at an even greater risk.
Specific withdrawal symptoms will depend on the drug addiction in question; however, according to Medline Plus, common drug withdrawal symptoms include:
- Runny nose
- Body aches
- Intestinal issues
The best way to come off drugs is by entering into an addiction treatment program that offers detox services. Professional detox can help ease the individual through the withdrawal process – giving them the strength they need to continue on with the remainder of rehab.
Dangers of Detoxing Alone
When addicts attempt to detox on their own – particularly from addictions that carry with them a serious physical dependence, like opiate addictions – they put their health at risk. It’s important to have medical supervision at all times. For example, an addict going through withdrawal may vomit and could aspirate on that vomit – breathe it into the lungs – leading to suffocation and ultimately death. If medical professionals are present, they will intervene quickly before serious consequences result.
The biggest danger of detoxing alone is simply returning to drug use when the withdrawal symptoms get tough. It’s incredibly difficult for an addict not to return to drugs when they know the pain they are in will be alleviated with a simple dose of the drug. Supportive help on hand makes it much more likely that the addict will make it through the detox process safely.
While medications are often used to offset the discomfort of withdrawal symptoms, certain addictions require long-term management via maintenance medication. For example, addictions to heroin or opiates are often treated with methadone or buprenorphine. These medications trick the body into thinking that it still has access to the drug, thereby decreasing the severity of the withdrawal symptoms. Oftentimes, addicts are on methadone or buprenorphine on a long-term basis, and their dosages of the medications are gradually decreased over time. While the ultimate goal is to get the addict off all drugs, many need to remain on methadone or buprenorphine for months or even years.
Some of these detox programs are at exclusive facilities offering many amenities to their clients, oftentimes the rich and famous. But there are also drug and alcohol treatment centers that offer quality care at more reasonable rates. If finances are a concern for you, don’t let that stand between you and your recovery; there are many payment options available that can make addiction treatment a feasible option for you. Your insurance company may cover part of the cost of treatment, and most facilities offer payment plans to make the cost more manageable. Options are available.
A Sample of Treatment Programs Available:
- Alcohol Rehab
- Drug Rehab
- Prescription Drug Detox
- Prescription Rehab
- Eating Disorders
- Group Therapy
- Holistic Therapies
- Individual Therapy
- In-Patient Treatment
- Women’s Only Treatment
Get Help for Drug and Alcohol Addiction
While the initial activity of coming off drugs is important, it is just the first portion of the recovery process. It’s important that you stay off drugs and maintain your sobriety. In fact, addicts are most vulnerable to death from overdose when they return to drugs after a period of sobriety. In this situation, addicts often take the same amount of drugs they used to take; however, their bodies are unaccustomed to this level of intake after a period of sobriety. As a result, overdose often occurs. Don’t let this happen to you; get the help you need.
Take the first step in finding the right addiction treatment program for your situation by calling 1-800-565-0577. You can get the facts you need to choose a drug rehab facility that can help you or your loved achieve sobriety and start the recovery process.
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