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For many women who are addicted to drugs or alcohol, withdrawing from these substances can be a huge barrier to recovery. When someone is addicted to alcohol, opiates or benzodiazepines, for example, quitting can cause withdrawal symptoms. In many cases, these symptoms are very unpleasant, and in the cases of alcohol or benzos, withdrawing suddenly can be dangerous without medical supervision.
Wayside House encourages potential clients to get medical help to detox from drugs and alcohol. Your chances of completing withdrawal and abstaining from drugs and alcohol are increased if you have help and support.
Why Detox Is Needed Before You Can Begin Treatment
If you are ready to begin treatment, you probably want to get started right away. We understand and look forward to working with you. It is important, however, that you have detoxed physically from all substances before you are able to enter treatment. This is for your safety and the safety of the other residents.
Drugs and alcohol wreak havoc on the body. If you are physically dependent, your withdrawal symptoms will make it hard to focus on anything else. At this time, you need to give your full attention to your health and well-being. Detoxing from drugs and alcohol will give your body an opportunity to start healing and recovering so that you can then focus on other aspects of your recovery.
What You Can Expect When You Are Detoxing
A specialized detox center can help you begin the recovery process. This is the first step. A medical detox facility can help you get the drugs out of your system and detox as comfortable as possible.
Some people attempt to detox on their own. This is difficult and is often not successful. It can be really tough going through this process alone, and it isn’t safe. Not only that, but overcoming the urge to use when you are having physical withdrawal symptoms is very difficult. This is why so many people who are addicted to painkillers and other opiates struggle so much to get clean.
Having help can make the process easier, safer and more successful. At a medical detox center, they will assess you and screen you for health problems you may be having that can affect you during the detox process. They will make sure that you stay hydrated and monitor you to make sure that you stay safe.
In some cases, you may receive medication to help you detox. This is often the case with detox from benzodiazepines, which can be dangerous to detox from without medical help.
Detoxing From Alcohol
Detoxing from alcohol is also dangerous to do on your own. Depending on how much and how often you drink alcohol, quitting suddenly can result in extremely uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, and in extreme cases, severe health problems can occur if you aren’t getting medical attention. It is always recommended to seek the help of trained healthcare personnel if you are planning on quitting drinking or using.
Once you have completed your detox process, it is time to go to treatment to address the psychological nature of your addiction.
It is important to follow through with additional treatment once you have physically detoxed from drugs or alcohol. Some people make the mistake of thinking that because they have detoxed and are now clean and sober, they are okay, or “cured.” Unfortunately, this is not the case. Physical dependence is just one aspect of addiction, and the psychological cravings, habits and other symptoms of addiction will not disappear just because the drugs are no longer in your system.
Following detox with a residential addiction treatment program, or an intensive outpatient program is your best course of action for successful addiction recovery.
How Wayside House in Florida Can Help You Find The Right Detox
Our treatment program for women does not offer detox services, however, Wayside House is happy to refer you to a detox program that is right for you.
If you are interested in treatment at Wayside House, contact us to schedule an assessment. Based on your needs, we can help you begin the process of recovery by determining if detox is a necessary first step. If that is the case, we can refer you to a detox facility and you can begin our program when detox is completed. Call us at 561-278-0055 today.