The Progression of Addiction
Drug and alcohol detox are the beginning steps needed to be treated for your addiction. Addiction is a condition that results when a person ingests a substance (alcohol, cocaine, nicotine) or engages in an activity (gambling) that can be pleasurable but the continued use of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities, such as work or relationships, or health. Users may not be aware that their behavior is out of control and causing problems for themselves and others. Most medical professionals agree that addiction is a chronic, compulsive dependence on either a behavior or a substance. While commonly associated with drug and alcohol abuse, addiction can also refer to dependence on things like sex, food, gambling, coffee, smoking, shopping, or even behaviors like exercise and tanning. Regardless of the substance or behavior, an addiction is usually destructive and degenerative in nature. Someone with an addiction is typically unable to control how often or how much he uses his drug of choice or performs his addictive behavior.
The Process of Drug and Alcohol Detox
Drug and alcohol Detox facilities are not under lock and key like they are portrayed to be in the media. Drug and alcohol detox facilities are modeled after the home care atmosphere. If you go to drug and alcohol detox you are allowed to leave whenever you want. You will not be forced to receive detox treatment if you don’t want to unless you have been court ordered to attend detox as part of a your court sentencing. At detox you will be given comfortable clothing to wear, like a sweat pant suit, or something similar. On the first day you will meet with the medical staff to come up with an effective taper and detox plan for your stay. Everyday you will wake up and eat breakfast, participate in meetings and groups, have breaks and be given the freedom to roam around, rest and recuperate. Detoxing is more about giving you the ability to detox from drugs in a safe and comfortable environment. Once you’ve completed detox you will have the opportunity to enter a drug rehab program or a sober living facility and outside therapy with a psychiatrist or psychologist. Whichever one you choose is up to you but it’s in your best interest to continue on your path to recovery and not allow for a large gap in treatment. The longer you go without therapy and/or meetings the higher the risk of relapse is.
If you or someone you know is need of drug and alcohol detox, please give us a call at 1-855-441-2449.