Many individuals who enter drug or alcohol detox wonder, will I have cravings after drug or alcohol detox? For some drugs, cravings are part of the withdrawal symptoms, however there are some drugs, such as cocaine, that some individuals say they have cravings for, but the craving is psychological and not physical.
When you enter detox, your system is full of chemical toxins from your drug or alcohol use. Detoxification will remove or eliminate the toxins and leave your system clean and drug free. It is not unusual to experience withdrawal symptoms that range from mild to severe. How severe will depend on the type of substance used, how often you have used drugs and/or alcohol, the amount of drugs and alcohol you have used and how long you have been using alcohol and drugs. Certain types of drug use, for example cocaine and methamphetamine, do not require medical detox. If you are not sure if your drug use requires detox, consult with your physician. It is best if you are completely honest with your doctor about your drug use so that they can advise you appropriately.
In order to be successful in alcohol and drug detox, it is crucial that you are comfortable. If you are not comfortable, then you will likely walk out of detox before the process is complete. Studies indicate that individuals who are not successful at completing detox will likely return to their substance use.
Doctors agree that IV therapy medical detox is the best method for alcohol and drug detox and it is the method with the highest measure of success. IV therapy medical detox is administered by a board certified and licensed physician with a vast amount of critical care medical experience. Patient care is monitored 24/7 by registered nurses with ICU and ER experience and the use of cardiac telemetry and video technology. Intravenous therapy is an important component to IV therapy medical detox because it allows the doctors to adjust the medication being administered for an immediate effect, which enables the doctor to control the withdrawal symptoms. The result is that you are comfortable and that you complete the detox process.
After you have successfully completed drug or alcohol detox, it may be advisable for you to enter a program specifically designed to help you rebuild your life. St. Jude Retreats offers a cognitive behavioral education program that teaches guests to use self assessment to reevaluate their choices and decisions, and to make lasting self-directed lifestyle change. Guests learn to develop habits and behaviors that are positive and enhancing to their life. Guests in the Saint Jude Retreats are empowered to build a life that is permanently free from drug and alcohol use.
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