What Is a Detox?
When you take drugs or drink alcohol to the point of chemical dependence, you’ll need to detox if you hope to become sober. Detoxification removes drug and alcohol toxins from of the body. By abstaining from using these substances, the body naturally expels these toxins. During this process, it’s quite normal to experience withdrawal symptoms, and many of these symptoms will cause various levels of discomfort. Some of these symptoms include:
- Body aches
- Excessive sweating
- Abdominal pain
- Intense cravings and urges
- Accelerated heart rate
- Clammy skin
During detoxification, you may feel at your worse, which is why our medical professionals prescribe medications to alleviate the discomfort. During this stage, you may also feel uncontrollable urges to take drugs or drink alcohol. This is normal, and it’s why our medical team is here to monitor you every step of the way.
Everyone detoxes differently. Withdrawal symptoms may be mild to severe, and that depends on the individual and the nature and level of drug or alcohol abuse prior to detox.
As you detox, we’ll also evaluate your progress, monitor medication management, and log vitals throughout the day. Whether it’s a drug detox or an alcohol detox (or a mixture of the two), our program’s goal is to safely remove toxins from your body.
Once you’re past the detox stage, you can begin our inpatient or outpatient treatment protocols. Though detox is a vital step to reach recovery, it’s not the only step. Detox addresses the removal of the drug from someone’s system, but it does not address the actual addiction, which is the cause of continued drug abuse. Some form of addiction treatment and sober support should always follow detox from drugs of abuse. This is why Veritas works to find the root cause of the addiction, rather than merely treat the symptoms.