It is a good question to ask, will detox lower my tolerance to drugs and alcohol? After all, you have made the decision to get help for your substance use and you want to know whether or not you will be cured. Right? Fortunately, you don't need a cure. Getting the drugs and alcohol out of your system by going to detox is a step toward taking back control of your life, but after detox there are some additional steps you can take to reinforce your power over drug and alcohol use.
Let's talk about detox. As you have used drugs and alcohol, your body has held onto some of the chemical toxins that are left behind from substance use. The detox process removes those toxins from your system. During the detox process some individuals experience withdrawal symptoms which will differ depending on the substance used, how often you used them and how much you used, as well as how long you have been using drugs and alcohol. The method in which you detoxify will make all the difference on the severity of withdrawal symptoms you experience. If you want to experience the least amount of withdrawal symptoms, then medical detox is seen as the safest and most effective method to cleanse your system and keep you comfortable at the same time.
Medical detoxes are all different. Outpatient medical detox for opiate use allows you to self report to a clinic or to a doctor's office. The medication that is generally used is methadone, suboxone and subutex; with methadone being the most common of the three. All three of these medications are from the same family of drugs as morphine and vicodin â€“ they are opiates. Opiates block the opioid receptors, the part of the brain that generates pain and pleasure.
Taking methadone, suboxone and subutex to detox from opiate use is swapping one drug for another. The point is to stop taking methadone, suboxone or subutex once you have detoxed from your former substance use. Research has shown that the problem lies in the fact that some individuals never stop taking methadone or suboxone or they return back to opiate use once they stop taking the replacement drugs.Inpatient hospital medical detox is the traditional inpatient method for detox. Unfortunately, many patients report uncomfortable conditions and being treated poorly by staff. Patients have complained that the oral medication does not completely remove the withdrawal symptoms and in some cases patients have walked out of detox before the process was complete. Studies show that individuals who successfully complete detox are more likely to be successful in staying off drugs than those who did not complete detox.
Whether detoxing from alcohol or drugs, IV therapy medical detox is regarded by physicians as the most effective method for detox. IV therapy is administered by a physician and intravenous therapy is important because it allows the doctor to make any necessary changes to the medication protocol as the withdrawal symptoms change, which keeps the patient safe and comfortable and ensures a successful detox.
After detox, you may want to enroll in a program that can help you rebuild your life and provide you the tools you need to be successful without substance use. St. Jude Retreats is a cognitive behavioral education program that teaches self assessment and self-directed change. Guests participate in a process where they reevaluate their thoughts, decisions, habits and choices; explore new options for their life and build habits that are more productive and positive. Guests are empowered to build the life they truly want; and become the person they were meant to be.
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