Many people put off the decision to get help for their drug use because they have heard horror stories about detox and withdrawal symptoms. You do not have to be afraid or worried now because drug withdrawal is no longer a nightmare.

Drug detox is the process of cleansing your system of the chemical toxins that have accumulated because of drug use. Withdrawal symptoms during detox range from mild to severe. Some individuals have no withdrawal symptoms and others may experience the full range. The quality of the detox will play a significant role on how comfortable people are during the detox process. Research has shown that the more comfortable people are throughout the process, the more likely they are to complete the detox and the less likely they are to return to drug use.

Traditional detox facilities can be found in hospitals and in institutions. These facilities generally maintain a philosophy that the more uncomfortable people are during the process the more likely they are to refrain from drug use, but the truth is that a large number of individuals walk out of detox because they cannot bear the withdrawal symptoms. Some hospitals house their detox patients in the psychiatric ward or unit, in isolation, or in lockdown, which can be intimidating to someone who is probably already feeling anxious and nervous.

The best method for a safe and effective detox is IV therapy supervised by a doctor and that implements the use of an intravenous medication protocol to help the patient detox quickly, safely and comfortably.

 IV therapy is offered in a setting that puts the patient’s comfort and well being first. The spa like environment is well furnished. Patients detox in the privacy of their own room, well equipped with HDTV and wireless internet access. Traditional detox facilities do not allow personal items in the facility, but IV therapy detox staff encourage people to bring their laptop, cell phone and encourage communication with the outside world. Patients are nourished with gourmet meals and massage therapy allows them to be renewed and refreshed. The St. Jude Retreats can help you find such an IV environment if you wish.

When you have completed detox, you may want to consider enrolling in a program that can help you rebuild your life after drug use. St. Jude Retreats provide a non-treatment program that uses cognitive behavioral education to teach guests to use self-assessment to reevaluate their choices and decisions. Guests discover that by making choices that are more productive and reinforcing them with positive habits and behaviors, they are able to have happy lives without ever using drugs.

The non-profit, non-religious St. Jude program has an independently researched and certified long-term success rate of at least 62% compared to only about 5% in 12 step programs.