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Detox Overview

When people are addicted to drugs or alcohol, they need professional treatment. Addiction is a progressive condition, which means that it gets worse the longer a person goes without treatment.

The goal of treatment is to help an individual abstain from harmful substances and develop the skills necessary to maintain their sobriety.

Here at Detox West Tennessee, we support you on your recovery journey. We provide a medically supervised detox program to help your body heal from prolonged drug or alcohol misuse. Detox is a crucial first step on the road to recovery.

The World Health Organization (WHO) advises that drug and alcohol detox take place under professional medical supervision. Medical supervision is essential for recovery success. Some people attempt to detox at home, but at Detox West Tennessee, we encourage people to follow the WHO’s recommendations and seek professional treatment.

At our center, we use the latest in addiction recovery science and research to deliver a detox program tailored to your specific needs as an individual. Our staff share decades of invaluable experience in the areas of addiction and mental health support.

You can rest assured that you will be cared for by highly-skilled and compassionate healthcare professionals. Although it’s not always easy, it is certainly possible to start your recovery journey.

What Is Detox?

Detox is the process of removing all traces of drugs or alcohol from the body. When we use substances for extended periods our bodies become dependent on them. A medical detox restores our bodies to their natural function.

Detox is crucial for recovery. When the body is physically unwell, the mind follows. As such, being unwell in the body makes it difficult to manage mental health issues. If you struggle with dependence or addiction to drugs or alcohol, the process of quitting can be complicated.

Soon after your last use of a given substance, the mind and body begin to go through withdrawal. Withdrawal is characterized by a set of uncomfortable and distressing physical and psychological symptoms.

Those going through withdrawal often experience:

  • Feelings of anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Mental fatigue
  • Poor concentration
  • Despair

Dealing with the above symptoms can be mentally and physically exhausting. It is even harder to tackle these symptoms when the body is not well. Detox programs aim to support the body’s physical health so that the clients are in an optimal position to get through the psychological challenges of early recovery.

Understanding Withdrawal

When you stop using drugs or alcohol or cut down on the amount you use, you are subject to a range of withdrawal symptoms.

The type and severity of the symptoms you experience depend on several factors, including:

  • How long you have been using the substance
  • The type of substance used
  • How much you consume
  • The presence of an underlying mental health condition

Withdrawal is characterized by a wide range of physical and psychological health issues. The physical symptoms of withdrawal include:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Exhaustion
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Excessive sweating
  • Shakes, tremors
  • Hot/cold flashes

The psychological symptoms of withdrawal include:

  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Feelings of hopelessness and despair
  • Paranoia
  • Confusion
  • Irritability, agitation
  • Poor concentration
  • Intense cravings for the substance of addiction
  • Insomnia
  • Nightmares

Severe withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Visual and auditory hallucinations (shadows, voices, rodents, insects)
  • Delirium tremens (DT)
  • Seizures

Anyone who has tried to quit using drugs or alcohol alone after a period of misuse knows how challenging it can be. Unsupported withdrawal can be so overwhelming and uncomfortable that many people relapse and find themselves back at square one.

Many people struggling with addiction are reluctant to quit because they know how challenging it is to undergo withdrawal. Fortunately, you don’t need to go through withdrawal alone.

At Detox West Tennessee, we help our clients get through the withdrawal stage of recovery by delivering an expert-led, medically supervised detox program. We understand that addiction and withdrawal are unique to the individual. As such, we tailor each program at the center to suit your unique needs.

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What Happens During Detox?

We begin by carrying out an initial health assessment. The assessment involves gaining an understanding of your medical history and the details of your addiction. This helps us determine how to effectively and appropriately approach your early recovery.

Following the assessment, we will admit you into our detox facility. We provide as much comfort and safety as possible as your body undergoes the detoxification process. We offer around-the-clock medical and psychological support throughout the entire length of your stay at our center.

Medication-assisted Treatment (MAT)

To help clients cope with the withdrawal stage of early recovery, we prescribe a range of safe and suitable medications. All medications are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), so you can rest assured that treatment is safe, effective, and evidence-based.

We base the type of medication we prescribe on the type of drug you take and the severity of your symptoms. Some drugs do not cause physical side effects during withdrawal. In this case, we use medication to ease mental symptoms such as depression, anxiety, and insomnia.

Types of addiction for which we offer detox programs here at the center include:

  • Opiate addiction (heroin, morphine, codeine)
  • Alcohol addiction
  • Prescription opioid addiction
  • Stimulant addiction (cocaine, methamphetamine, Adderall, Ritalin)
  • Benzodiazepine addiction

As mentioned previously, detox for some of the above addictions involves specific medication. For example, our heroin detox program includes the use of methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone.

We also prescribe naltrexone in our alcohol detox program, alongside benzodiazepines, which ease the anxiety and restlessness associated with alcohol withdrawal. Benzodiazepines also reduce the risk of seizure.

Stimulant detox does not involve specific medication but instead involves medications to ease the severity of withdrawal.

Benzodiazepine detox involves a tapering process. Benzos are administered in gradually reduced doses to ease the body away from use without overwhelming the system.

24/7 Medical and Psychological Support

SAMHSA’S Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 45 advises that detoxification programs offer around-the-clock support for clients during the detox process. Research published in MEDSURG Nursing has found that consistent and compassionate care is as important as medical support regarding successfully completing a detox program.

At Detox West Tennessee, we support each client with 24/7 compassionate care and support. We are dedicated to our client’s recovery success.

How Long Does it Take to Detox?

Detox programs typically last for 7 to 14 days. This a rough timeline, as the length of detox varies between clients and depends on the type and severity of the addiction. Withdrawal symptoms typically come on within 6 – 12 hours after last use and may last for up to a week.

After the first week, some symptoms may persist, such as drug cravings and headaches. The National Institute on Drug Abuse explains that the quality of care received in the first week of abstinence significantly influences clients’ well-being and later recovery success.

Compassionate Care and Support at Detox West Tennessee

At Detox West Tennessee, we understand the impact that substance misuse and addiction can have on you or your loved one’s life. We have seen the havoc that addiction wreaks on individuals and their families. However, we have also seen many successful recovery stories when those addicted to a substance take the first step and enter addiction treatment.

The first step is often the most difficult. Admitting to oneself that there is a problem is challenging. Furthermore, stigma and judgment can be a barrier to treatment. At Detox West Tennessee, we offer a compassionate, non-judgmental space in which you can begin your recovery journey.

If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, please contact us today. Once you enter one of our detox programs, our staff will monitor you throughout your stay to keep you as safe and comfortable as possible. After you complete your detox program, you will be in a prime position to enter addiction rehabilitation and restore your life to quality and health.

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