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When to Consider Medical Detox

Facing withdrawal symptoms can make anyone afraid of what may be coming their way. It is scary, even if a person has been down that road before. Every situation is new and unique. There are some signs to consider when it is time to detox. Here are some things to think about. 

How Detox Works

Medical detox is about giving medication to reduce withdrawal symptoms. This occurs under supervision from professionals. Programs are different, depending on the detox center and your personal needs. The purpose of detox is to break dependency in the brain and body. Recovery treatment options for mental health and addiction are important after detox to help the person get aligned in recovery. 

Signs Detox is Needed

When considering whether or not to pursue medical detox, it is important to look at the person’s story and background with addiction holistically. Although withdrawal can be life-threatening for some people, it is always best to err on the side of caution and don’t get put at risk. Here are some of the signs detox may be on the horizon:

  • Other medical complications: physical pain, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other issues may cause a person to need detox
  • Regular consumption of alcohol: benzos, or other depressants, and other drugs can interact with alcohol so detox may be necessary to practice safe tapering and withdrawal
  • Relapse risk: getting through detox is rough but with the support it is easier to navigate
  • Dependence history: if drug dependence has been an issue for a long time, or fear is present, this may push a person over the edge

Seeking Help

Going in for detox does not need to wait until the signs show up. It might just be that a person is sick of being addicted to drugs or alcohol and is ready for change. It is hard to seek change when addiction clouds judgment and does not allow space to consider what they might need. Friends, family, and loved ones are key to the journey of healing. It just requires some time to navigate the issue. Helping a loved one get through medical detox could mean saving their life. It is worth giving it a try if it might help them get past the rough part of the journey to make it to recovery where they can begin to heal.

The Guest House is based on a Therapeutic Communty model. We help people learn how to live free of addiction. Our community support provides structure while trained counselors offer life skills training and therapeutic techniques to help you move past addiction. Our program provides special focus for professionals including chiropractors, nurses, doctors, lawyers, and more who need help with addiction recovery. Call us to find out more: 855-483-7800.