Reliance on pharmaceutical drugs to live day-to-day life is, unfortunately, a common problem in America. What starts as a pharmaceutical treatment for an injury or valid medical concern slowly morphs into a dependency that can quickly accelerate into a full-blown addiction. Unfortunately, medical problems requiring pharmaceutical treatment don’t often heal themselves, creating a complex problem. That’s why scientists and medical professionals have developed alternative treatments for conditions like chronic pain, ADHD, and anxiety whose traditional treatment option is addictive medications.
Detoxification from Pharmaceutical Drugs
To recover from addiction to pharmaceutical medications requires a straightforward rehabilitation program that includes a detoxification process. Detox is admittedly difficult because the body and mind are both addicted to the substance of choice. During this process, you’ll be weaned off of the drug of choice, which will cause withdrawal. This starts the process of stabilizing the body and recovering from the physical aspect of addiction. It’s important for the detoxification process to be done with medical supervision because it can be dangerous for patients suffering from physical addiction to certain substances. Alternative medications will be given to those who need them in order to mitigate the dangers associate with withdrawal, like seizures, and address the underlying medical problem that required the addictive medication as treatment in the first place.
Detoxification takes anywhere from a week to several weeks, depending on numerous factors like metabolism, body fat percentage, and the type of substance(s) used. During that time, patients are in the most danger of relapse. Therefore, cell phones and other devices that are typically used to contact drug dealers, friends, or family members who enable addiction are restricted from patients. This process isn’t easy on the human body or mind, and patients typically need quite a bit of sleep to help their bodies recover and overcome the most difficult times. During the detox period, patients will have things to do, like one on one therapy, group therapy, exercise classes, and assignments to complete. The process is far from boring.
Facts About Addiction, Substance Abuse, and Recovery
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 11.7% of Americans over the age of 12 used an illicit drug in the month preceding a 2018 survey. People suffering from addiction are notoriously in denial about their condition, however. According to studies published on PubMed, as many as “47% of the U.S. adult population suffers from maladaptive signs of an addictive disorder over a 12-month period and that it may be useful to think of addictions as due to problems of lifestyle as well as to person-level factors.” In other words, addiction is far more common than most people are willing to admit.
Being open and honest with yourselves and others about substance use and abuse struggles is hugely helpful to recovery. If you or someone you love is suffering from addiction, know that you’re far from alone. There is life after addiction, and recovery is very possible if you want it. The longer addiction goes on, the harder it is to treat. The sooner you get medical care, the sooner you can start repairing the damage that’s been done by addiction.
American Rehab Campuses
Rehabilitation services at America’s Rehab Campuses are evidence-based and include medical detox, inpatient rehab, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient programs (IOP) utilizing a full range of therapies. Care plans are customized for each patient’s needs. Recovery is difficult, but it’s much easier with exercises that help balance hormone levels and boost feelings of wellbeing. Patients feel at home and comfortable thanks to amenities and accommodations like pools, gyms, yoga studios, meditation rooms, recreational rooms and activities, nutritional services, and more.
When you choose to heal, you have support from the experienced professionals at America’s Rehab Campuses. Patients who choose our rehabilitation programs receive customized care plans written by state and nationally accredited recovery specialists with years of experience in helping people with issues just like yours overcome their addictions.
Our recovery specialists care about helping you get better, and it’s their job to teach you about addiction and the psychology of addictive behavior. We can teach you what you need to do to identify triggers, mitigate situations that put your recovery in danger and get the support you need to stay sober. After graduating from our program, we’ll put you in touch with other programs that provide long-term sponsors who can give you help immediately when you’re out in the world and facing triggers that put your recovery in danger.
Let us help you build the confidence you need to stay sober after detoxification from pills. While detox is difficult, it only takes a few weeks. The addiction recovery experts at America’s Rehab Campuses are ready to arm you with all the weapons you need to win the long-term battle with addiction. The sooner you contact us, the sooner you can begin rebuilding your life. Contact us today to get started.