One of the most difficult facets of drug and alcohol addiction is the initial detoxing from the substance the user must undergo to achieve long-term sobriety. The pain associated with this withdrawal is often so great that many do not make it through the entire process.
To make matters worse, the initial withdrawal period is often followed by a much longer period of continued, but less pronounced, symptoms known as post-acute withdrawal syndrome. Fortunately, however, detoxing does not have to be done alone. Here is a list of the benefits of detoxing in a medical facility versus detoxing alone, unsupervised by medical professionals.
Detoxing cold turkey from some substances can be fatal
The detox from alcohol, benzodiazepines, and other substances can actually lead to death if done cold turkey. Thus, the importance of medical supervision during detox cannot be overstated. Medical professionals can perform a supervised taper or provide medication that will prevent the potentially fatal side effects of detox.
No matter the substance, withdrawal is typically a horrific and painful experience to endure and presents one of the greatest challenges to achieving sobriety. While there is simply no way to fully avoid this pain, the many symptoms of withdrawal can be dealt with in various ways by the medical staff at a detox. Managing and minimizing these symptoms will greatly improve the odds of making it through the withdrawal period.
Minimizing relapse risk
The symptoms of withdrawing can be so severe that often times the user will relapse before fully completing the process of detoxing. Not only does this start the entire process over again, it can sometimes be fatal (particularly in the case of opioid/heroin withdrawal). Thus, detoxing in a safe and supervised environment away from the outside world is crucial in successfully detoxing from drugs or alcohol.
Not going through the pain alone
The pain of detoxing is a huge burden for anyone to handle. Going through a detox from drugs or alcohol alone only worsens the experience one has to go through to achieve sobriety. Detoxing under the supervision of medical professionals trained to deal with the many symptoms of withdrawal will greatly increase the odds of success.
Overall much greater success rate
Undergoing a detox from drugs or alcohol at a facility with medical supervision will overall greatly increase the odds of successfully achieving sobriety. Making it through the initial withdrawal period is a serious challenge for anyone who attempts to undergo it. Minimizing the severe symptoms, providing a safe environment to minimize relapse prevention, and being surrounded by sympathetic medical professionals will greatly increase the odds of success.
This article is intended for those considering a new way of life, free of the pain of drug and alcohol addiction. For more information on recovery and anyone seeking help with addiction and substance abuse problems, please call True Recovery at (844) 744-8783 or visit us online.