Many substances such as alcohol and methamphetamine create tolerance within the human body—the body becomes accustomed to the drugs constant presence during heavy or protracted use. The user must take progressively higher and higher doses of their drug of choice to achieve the same physiological effects. This is dangerous in two ways. First, the risk of overdose is vastly increased. Second, if the person suddenly stops using drugs—attempting to quit “cold turkey,” for example—then their body must abruptly adjust to a complete absence of their drug of choice and return to its prior equilibrium. This readjustment can have disastrous physiological consequences and cause excruciatingly painful side effects—even death.
That’s why Phoenix Drug Treatment AZ provides complete detox services for patients who have developed physical addictions to meth, benzodiazepines, alcohol, or any other physically addicting drug. Medications mitigate the severest withdrawal symptoms and around-the-clock supervision by clinical professionals guarantees the patient’s safety. Detox also has the added benefit of purifying the patient’s system of drug residues and related toxins. It’s vital to remember that detox does not and cannot replace a full regimen of therapy and counseling—it only addresses the physical aspects of addiction, not the psychological ones. To prevent relapse, it’s important to undergo a complete schedule of rehabilitation available at Phoenix Drug Treatment AZ’s rehab centers.
The Perils of Withdrawal
It’s not easy to figure out exactly how severely withdrawal will affect a given individual. So many variables are involved: drug(s) of choice, the duration and intensity of use, the patient’s height, weight, level of physical fitness, genetic history of addiction (if any), and environment all play a role. Not every type of withdrawal is dangerous—heroin withdrawal, while rigorous and even painful, is generally not fatal. While a standard set of symptoms is difficult to pin down, there are some commonalities. Withdrawal symptoms for alcohol may include anxiousness, restlessness, mood swings, sleeping trouble, muscular aches, migraines, breathing problems, sweating, hallucinations, delirium, fever, vomiting, heart attack, stroke, or even death.
Withdrawal may begin within hours of the person’s last intake of their drug of choice and last for weeks. Medical assistance is necessary to ensure the safety of the patient at all times, and to offset the worst of the withdrawal with approved medication such as methadone or buprenorphine. These drugs can also help to manage cravings as well as minimizing physical discomfort. Detox is merely a preparation for the therapy and counseling that will come after; it is not treatment.
Phoenix Drug Treatment AZ will go to any lengths to ensure your safety and comfort during the detoxification process. They pride themselves on providing well-equipped and relaxing facilities, top-notch detox teams and admissions specialists, and a discreet and efficient intake process. Don’t let fear and uncertainty cloud your vision and prevent you from making the best decision for yourself and your loved ones; contact Phoenix Drug Treatment AZ and find out about your options today.