What is detox?
Detoxification, or detox, is the process of removing the toxins from the body caused by excessive substance abuse. In the case of substance misuse, detox specifically refers to the period of time that the body is allowed to process or break down any drugs and alcohol in the system and, in doing so, clears their toxic effect.
The Detox programme at Regain Recovery allows you to safely and comfortably clear the body completely of the unwanted substance and manage symptoms of acute withdrawal. We provide a full medically managed detox to all our clients who require this.
This type of treatment is done under the care of our medical and mental health team. Constant observations are performed to increase safety and comfort levels for clients undergoing the symptoms and potential medical complications that may result from ending substance use. Whenever possible, medications can be administered to ease the process and reduce the risk of seizures, fitting and potential cardiac problems.
Who should go to detox?
Detox is a recommended initial step of treatment for a wide range of addicted individuals. Some form of detox is appropriate for anyone who has developed a substance dependency. Dependency means that the body has adapted to constant high levels of a substance in such a way that the individual begins to feel like they must take the drug in order to simply feel as if they are functioning normally.
When the drug is withdrawn, dependent individuals will often experience a host of mental and physical health symptoms that are uncomfortable and potentially dangerous. Medically managed detox is most appropriate for people with substance dependencies involving:
- Hypnotic/sedative drugs like barbiturates and benzodiazepines
- Opioids like heroin, morphine, and prescription pain medication
Stopping use of these substances can lead to adverse effects that range from significantly uncomfortable to fatal.