Detox, as mentioned previously, is best carried out under medical supervision. Whether this be at a private rehab clinic or with the support of your GP or support group, it is always best to try and involve friends and family, if only to try and ensure that they have an understanding of what you are going through. If they choose to try to help then this is a great support at a difficult time.
The more severe your addiction in general the more severe the symptoms of detox will be. If you have a substance abuse problem or addiction, a medically supervised drug detox is usually recommended. During the detox period medications may be provided to limit the withdrawal symptoms and ease the process, also limit the likelihood of dangerous withdrawal effects.
Basically drug/alcohol detox is abstaining from the substance to which the person is addicted. Inpatient programs will be best for people with significant history of substance use involving alcohol, heroin and prescription sedatives, also people who require round the clock medical and emotional support.
Outpatient programs may work well for some more severe addictions whose symptoms do not require round the clock monitoring and support. This option is good for people who have a lot of family and community support in their recovery.
Going “cold turkey” alone can be extremely dangerous. However for those whose withdrawal symptoms are not particularly dangerous and who have reliable family and friends to support them, doing a detox at home may feel like a desirable option.
Jordan was three month’s clean from marijuana and steroids. He was attempting a natural home detox without drug support. It was at this time Jordan took his own life. He had little or no support from anyone but me! I feel his mental and emotional health from long term cannabis and steroid use was impaired. He suffered deep depression, anxiety, feelings of hopelessness and could no longer feel happiness. This is an example of how crucial support can be to the addict, often the person, who is addicted cannot see this, In Jordan’s case, towards the end, he did not want help. Had this website been created then I could have pointed him towards it so that we all could have understood the severity of untreated addiction
During the detox period the person can expect to experience a whole range of symptoms. The most common drug/alcohol withdrawal symptoms include:
- running nose
- flu like symptoms and nausea
- sleeping problems including insomnia
- mood swings
- nervousness and difficulty concentrating,
- depression and feelings of worthlessness
- body Discomfort
- cravings for drug/alcohol
Detox is just the first part of recovery from addiction. Detox on it’s own is often insufficient for a successful recovery.
Addicted people need to address the psychological part of their addiction – often they can accomplish this with counselling, support groups, the tools detailed on this website and a rehab programme if available.
You can also use a functional and nutritional doctor during and after the detox period to help balance the brain chemistry naturally, Peter Smith is an expert in this field. This can help alleviate painful withdrawal symptoms and assist greatly in drug/alcohol addiction recovery along with the other tools on this website