Detox: The First Step Into Sobriety

 In Addiction Treatment

With addiction, your body becomes dependent on a drug or alcohol. You develop both a physical and psychological dependence in order to function. The first step towards sobriety is to remove the substance; and therefore, the dependence on the substance, from your system. This is the detox step.

Recovery Begins with Detoxification

In order for your body to start healing and for you to reach sobriety, the harmful substance you are addicted to must be completely removed from your system. You must STOP taking the drug or drinking alcohol. The detoxification process usually takes one to two weeks to complete.  Sadly though, detox can cause some severe and painful withdrawals.

Definition: Sobriety means not to be intoxicated. It is living a life free of substance abuse. 

What to Expect During the Detox Phase

The detox phase to sobriety will be both physically and mentally draining but will end with you feeling better and stronger. Your body has developed a need for the substance you are abusing and will fight the absence of that substance. We know that fight as withdrawals.

The substance you are trying to be freed from and the length of time you have been dependent on it will determine the type and severity of your withdrawal symptoms. You will feel physical pain. You can become dehydrated. You could feel anxious, nervous, nauseated, or even have seizures. Hallucinations and having trouble sleeping are also common forms of withdrawal symptoms. Your mind and body will tell you that you need the drug to survive.

But after several days of not taking the drug or alcohol, the severity of the withdrawal symptoms will start to decrease. You will begin to feel stronger, energetic, and become more alert. As time goes on, your body’s need for the substance will diminish. Your full recovery will become a believable reality to you.

Definition: Detox, short for detoxification, is a process that starts with quitting the substance that is being abused and ends with your body not being dependent on it.

Possible Withdrawal Symptoms During Detox

  • Nervousness
  • Anxiety
  • Discomfort
  • Dehydration
  • Hallucination
  • Nausea
  • Seizures
  • Mood Swings
  • Insomnia
  • Difficulty concentrating

An Inpatient Detox Program – A Valuable Partner to Recovery

As can be seen, the detox step can be painful, scary, and even deadly in some cases. An inpatient detox program will not only help you to complete the detox step, but keep you safe during the process. You will get the support and assistance needed to be successful.

Some medications are available to help lessen the withdrawal symptoms you will have. Of course, their use is carefully monitored so that you do not become addicted to them. Since some symptoms like dehydration and hallucinations can be deadly, you will have 24-hour monitoring that will keep you safe.

Also, as part of an inpatient detox program, you will receive psychological help and support. Trained professionals will help you deal with the withdrawals and encourage you not to give up. You will be evaluated for and educated on treatment programs that will help you reach full sobriety.

The goal of an inpatient detox program is to help you be comfortable, keep you safe, and be successful.

The North Hills Addiction Treatment Center Detox Program

At the North Hills Addiction Treatment Center in North Hills, CA, we take seriously your full recovery from substance abuse. We realize that detox is a difficult process, but we also realize that you can be successful in completing that process. We want to help you. We are prepared to make the process as easy as possible for you.

First of all, we were abusers ourselves and know firsthand what the road to recovery is like. We understand the physical and emotional stress you will feel. We have built our program to meet those needs.

We try to make you feel at home by not making you feel institutionalized. You have your own room, access to a kitchen, and you can wear the clothing of your choice. You can even leave if you wish. Of course, we hope you stay with us and get better.

Substance abusers usually do not have a healthy diet. In our detox program, you will be provided three healthy meals a day. You can eat as much as you want. Healthy drinks are provided to keep you hydrated. We want your body to be strong and up to the challenge.

We will do our best to keep you physically comfortable. We will also help you through the self-doubt that you will experience. We will strive to make you physically healthier and stronger, as well as emotionally and mentally capable to continue on in your rehab journey. All to the final goal of complete sobriety.

Contact us here at the North Hills Addiction Treatment Center and let us help you recover for good.

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