The New Hampshire Committee on Substance Abuse reported that there are over 100,000 people in the state that use drugs and alcohol do so excessively. Approximately1,500 will seek assistance for their substance use. Drugs and alcohol can have a detrimental effect on relationships with family and friends and can damage working relationships with coworkers. Excessive use can cause health problems and can wreck financial resources. But there is a solution in seeking assistance at one of the New Hampshire drug and alcohol detox centers.
New Hampshire drug and alcohol detox centers offer inpatient, outpatient, medical and nonmedical programs that can help you reclaim your life from substance use. As many of the programs support the position that drug and alcohol use is a brain disease for which there is no cure, only treatment. The fact is that substance use is a choice and not a disease. You don't need treatment; you just need to learn how to make different, more productive choices.
Some individuals may be able to detox on their own, however for the vast majority, a detox program may be needed to ensure that they go through withdrawal safely. Detoxification is the removal of the chemical toxins that have built up in your system from substance use. Certain types of drug use may not require detox and others will. Withdrawal symptoms may include irritability and anxiety, nausea and vomiting, sweats and tremors and seizures, to name a few. In some cases, withdrawal symptoms can be quite severe, painful and be fatal, so finding the right program that can help you and keep you comfortable is important.
The most favored option for detox is inpatient medical detox and one of the best methods is IV therapy medical detox. IV therapy medical detox is an inpatient program where you will become a resident for a determined amount of time through the detox process. IV therapy allows doctors the flexibility to adjust your medication through the use of an IV for an immediate effect. This is important because as your withdrawal symptoms change, your medication will need to change to ensure that you are comfortable and the process is safe and effective. The procedure is directed under a doctor's care and your health is monitored around the clock.
There are outpatient medical detox programs as well. Methadone clinics and maintenance centers are the most common. Methadone clinics offer the drugs suboxone and methadone as substitutes for substance use. This type of program is replacement therapy. You are exchanging the drugs you normally use for a controlled narcotic substance. Studies reveal that many people to start taking methadone never stop taking it and some individuals have been taking it for more than 20 years. Methadone and suboxone come with their own side effects and withdrawal symptoms and for methadone users the withdrawal is often times worse than withdrawal from heroin or alcohol.
Other types of outpatient programs are nonmedical detox programs. Holistic approaches might include acupuncture, medication therapy and vitamin therapy. 12 step programs use group therapy and counseling to treat substance use. 12 step programs are religious affiliated and follow the false premise that substance use is a disease and individuals are prone to some manipulative tactics among members to force compliance with their questionable practices. 12 step programs have a high enrollment rate, but they also have a high dropout rate of 95 percent of their members leave the program.
After you have completed detox, some individuals discover that they need help rebuilding their lives after substance use. St. Jude Retreats offers a non-treatment program that is cognitive behavioral education based and can help you with self evaluation. Our guests discover that in making better, more productive and satisfying choices, they can have a life that is permanently free from substance use.