When breaking away from drug or alcohol abuse, many solo attempts abruptly end once withdrawal symptoms appear during their initial detox. However, advances in modern addiction treatment and medication now give these individuals the opportunity to safely traverse detox in a comfortable setting, surrounded by support staff 24/7. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is what makes medical detox as effective as it is.
How Medical Detox Works
When you first start treatment, you’ll work closely with an intake specialist and program designer to determine your unique needs and the goals you wish to achieve through treatment. Part of this individualized care is reviewing the substances you’re currently using to prepare for your medical detox treatment.
Once you enter detox, you’ll no longer be able to drink or use drugs which means your body will slowly start operating with less of the substances present. Your dependence on a substance will vary depending on how long you’ve abused a particular substance; the stronger your addiction, the more severe your withdrawal symptoms will be. Symptoms will differ for every guest, but common side effects of detox include:
- Anxiety and paranoia
- Muscle cramps, tremors and aches
- Headaches and migraines
- Flu-like symptoms such as clammy hands and congestion
- Nausea and diarrhea
In long-term heavy substance abuse cases, these symptoms can increase in severity to fatal levels. Tremors evolve into full seizures, and paranoia can advance to full hallucinations and delirium. Combating these symptoms with medication is the only safe way to transition into your treatment program.
Detox Sets the Stage for the Rest of Treatment
At the Phoenix Rehab Campus, your treatment begins the moment you step through our door and doesn’t end until you’ve been given the tools, resources, and support needed to maintain sobriety indefinitely. Part of this is taking advantage of every moment of treatment, starting with medical detox.
While we can treat many physical symptoms with medication, some psychological ones require intervention from one of our staff clinicians. This gives your dedicated support team a chance to discover underlying traumas or triggers your brain associates with substance abuse. Each of these can then be the focus of future therapy and counseling to tackle addiction at its root.
Being Your Medical Detox at the Phoenix Rehab Campus
Starting your recovery from addiction is a difficult decision to make, but one that will ultimately provide you with a better lifestyle and improve your health for years to come. To make the start of treatment as easy as possible, our staff at PRC are here 24/7 and can be reached online, by phone, or in person.
We’ve helped Phoenix residents recover from addiction to drugs, alcohol, or multiple substances at once through our state-of-the-art facilities and modern treatment modalities. So don’t let the fear of detox hold you back; learn more about our medical detox programs by reaching out to us today.