What is “Detoxification”?

What is “Detoxification”?

What is “Detoxification”?

“If you don’t take care of this the most magnificent machine that you will ever be given…where are you going to live?”
~Karyn Calabrese, Cleansing with Karyn: Secrets for Inner Healing and Outer Beauty

A drug or alcohol detoxification is when a person stops drinking or using illicit substances in order to give their body and mind time to rid itself of the intoxicating substances.

Because they are physically dependent, people with addictions will typically experience several unpleasant/uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal once they stop using their normal drug of choice. Some of the usual withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Unpredictable mood swings
  • Increased anxiety
  • Acute depression
  • Irritability and aggression
  • Profound confusion
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Uncontrollable cravings for drugs or alcohol
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Insomnia or other sleep disturbances
  • Tremors/Spasms
  • Chills
  • Increased body temperature
  • Muscle aches and friends
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Seizures

Although they can be painful, withdrawal symptoms are not particularly physically dangerous, with the definite exception of withdrawal from alcohol or benzodiazepines. Withdrawal from either substance can be hazardous – even life-threatening.

NEVER attempt to self-detox from benzodiazepines or alcohol.  ALWAYS be under the care and supervision of qualified medical personnel, preferably it the safe, monitored environment of a detox facility.

Keep this in mind – detox – just “getting clean” – is not recovery.

Recovery begins when there is education, support, and psychosocial behavioral counseling that helps the person in recovery change their dysfunctional, addiction-driven behaviors.

It is, however, a vitally-important first step in the recovery process, because it is virtually impossible for a person to achieve lasting sobriety while they are still physically dependent on the drugs or alcohol.

Only when a person is free from that dependency can he or she be clear-headed enough to receive the message of recovery. That’s when forward progress can begin.

If you are ready to put aside alcohol, illicit drugs, or misused prescription medications, Lasting Recovery outpatient drug and alcohol rehab in San Diego can help you begin sober journey.

Although Lasting Recovery does not offer detoxifications, you can complete an intake evaluation and receive a referral to a trusted local detox facility that is equipped to meet your specific needs as an individual.

Upon completing the detox, Lasting Recovery is there to help you start your program of recovery. By using evidence-based and wellness-focused treatment strategies, Lasting Recovery helps you reclaim your life.

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