Medical detox is a process of medically supervised management of the rapidly progressing, and severe symptoms of withdrawal from drugs or alcohol. In medical detox, the patient is given medication to taper the elimination of drugs or alcohol from the body.
Reactions to the abrupt discontinuance of drug use can be alarming and stressful for the body. With medical detox, the tapering, or slowing of the process, relieves the strain on the individual and lessens the severity of the symptoms of withdrawal. The body begins to detox within 6-30 hours of the patient's last use of the controlled substance.
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Detoxification and abstinence alone does not rid the body of cravings, urges, and the physical, emotional, and psychological symptoms of addiction. Drug and alcohol treatment is a complete program addressing all aspects of addiction. Elements of addiction such as the behavioral, psychological, and emotional components, are not relieved by ending drug use.
Without treatment, the addict is unprepared to deal with the mental and emotional issues they will face. Daily living will expose environmental and social triggers that can hamper recovery without the tools, education, support, and guidance gained through treatment and relapse prevention.
Detoxing in a home environment "cold turkey" is very dangerous. The detox process should be completed under medical supervision with trained staff, and is most efficiently done through the medical detox process. Withdrawal symptoms are serious and potentially life-threatening. An emergency cannot be properly anticipated in the home. Chances of a successful detox outcome are greatly lessened without the aid of medical supervision.
Residential drug treatment provides the recovering addict with supervised living accommodations that give the patient the opportunity to gradually assimilate into a normal environment and build a network of resources that they can use in their recovery.
Patients live in an atmosphere of community with other recovering addicts, gain the social skills, and develop through personal growth before moving back into the environments where they will be faced with stressors, triggers, and temptations. The inclusion of relapse prevention programs is especially useful for heroin and other opiate addicts due to the long-term emotional and psychological effects of those drug types.