According to the Center for Disease Control, more than half the population of the United States reported regular alcohol use. It is estimated that 22 million people in the United States struggle with drug and alcohol overuse and of that, less than 3 million will seek detox and rehab treatment for their substance use problem. Seeking help is the first step to overcoming your substance use problem.
The process of purifying the body of toxic substances is known as detoxification, or detox. Not everyone who uses drugs and alcohol need detox. However if detox is needed, it would be the first step in moving forward with a new lifestyle away from substance use. It is highly recommended by doctors that anyone who wants to detox from alcohol or drug use, seek medical treatment. Quitting drug and alcohol use without medical supervision can be dangerous. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms include nausea, sweating, irritability, high blood pressure, vomiting and hallucinations, as well as lead to a condition called delirium tremens, which can lead to seizures and possibly death.
Finding the right detox is crucial to your long term success. The detox process can occur through the use of sedatives and tranquilizers, the use of alternative drugs, vitamin and meditation therapy, or it may be achieved through the use of IV therapy which allows the physician or nurse to change medication instantly and assures the patient the most safe, effective and comfortable detoxification treatment procedure known today. It is important that the patient has constant medical care throughout the process by a highly trained staff that are skilled in detoxification procedures. Some individuals try to quit their drug and alcohol use by going "cold turkey." This can be dangerous as the withdrawal symptoms from alcohol and certain types of drugs is not only very painful, but may cause deadly seizures.
After detox, it may be important for the individual to enroll in a program that will help them complete the process and make the appropriate changes to their lifestyle to ensure continued success. Unfortunately, most people enroll in a 12 step program. 12 step programs maintain the belief that drug and alcohol use is a disease and support that you inherited your drug and alcohol use from a family member, which is simply not true and is not based on any credible research. 12 Step programs further suggest that the only way to remain abstinent is through lifelong AA meeting attendance. 12 Step programs also advocate that an individual will need lifelong counseling as well.
In stark contrast, the Freedom Model Retreats offers the most effective drug and alcohol non-treatment program because we do not transition you from one drug to another and we do not promote the idea that you will need counseling or 12 step meetings for the rest of your life in order to modify your choice to use drugs and alcohol. Our non-treatment program is educational and cognitive behaviorally based and supports the fact that alcohol and drug use is not a disease, but it is a choice that an individual makes.