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Substance abuse is a growing problem all over America. Street drugs, prescription medications, their generic versions and illegal street drugs are easy to get in the U.S, and a growing number of people of all ages and socioeconomic status find themselves in the vicious cycle of addiction each day. It’s estimated that drugs and alcohol cost the US healthcare system more than $40 billion each year.
Though substance abuse has long been considered a disease, addiction still holds a social stigma that deters people from getting the help they need. Out of 23.5 million people in 2009 who had a substance abuse problem, only 2.6 million sought treatment at a rehab facility.
Addiction often begins innocently, with a single experiment. After the initial high and rush of euphoric relief, it gets easier and easier to keep taking doses of a drug rather than dealing with the source of pain. The body and mind become tolerant, and bigger doses are needed to get that relief, to even just function normally. The result is lost relationships, careers, and sometimes life itself.
Rehabilitation treatment happens in a safe environment, with compassionate, highly-trained staff that helps addicts start the healing process. The goal of detox and rehab are to put you on the path to a sober life. Once you make the commitment to get started, you’ll be admitted with a full history of drug abuse, physical and emotional conditions and family history all taken into account. That’s where treatment begins.
Detoxification is the period of withdrawal from an addictive substance. It’s one of the most feared parts of treatment, and the most necessary. You can’t start over if you’re still using, and detox clears the body and mind of toxins that have built up over months and years of abuse. Withdrawal and detox in a rehab facility is carefully monitored by professionals and is safer than anything that can be done at home. Restoring the body’s health and balance through detox and rehab is the foundation needed to build recovery.
Symptoms of withdrawal vary according to your physical size, age, length and intensity of abuse, and the type of substance involved. A person may also have underlying depression, bipolar disorder or other mental illness that must be taken into consideration.
Physical condition also affects length and severity of withdrawal. Some addicts have chronic pain from an injury. Others have malnutrition, suppressed immunity from disease and extreme dehydration from years of poor diet while using.
Detox from many substances is different from men to women. Women metabolize drugs and alcohol differently than men, and generally have more fat in their body mass to store toxins. Withdrawal from opioid drugs like heroin is different for both men and women than withdrawal from alcohol. Some types of detox can take as little as a week (alcohol) and as long as a month (women who abuse inhalants). That’s why it’s so important to have professional guidance during this critical time.
A range of symptoms accompany withdrawal, including:
• Profuse sweating
• Muscle cramps
• Digestive problems
• Hallucinations, seizures
• Anxiety, irritability, depression
Detox is uncomfortable, but temporary. Symptoms usually begin within 24 hours of last use, and go on for between 6 days to two weeks. Some substances, such as inhalants leave behind toxins that take longer to clear. At an inpatient rehabilitation facility, detox is strictly monitored and medically safe.
Once detoxification runs its course, you will feel much better. The foundation for your recovery is now established, and that’s when the real work of discovering the causes of your addiction can start. With a clean mind and body, the path to a sober life looks clearer. Healing emotional and physical issues, and building and reinforcing tools that maintain sobriety are the logical next steps, and include family therapy, group support and cognitive behavioral therapy.
The reason for counseling and supportive therapy after detox is that the relapse rate for drug and alcohol addiction falls somewhere between 40 and 60 percent. With such a high chance of falling back into addiction, the tools and self-knowledge gained during rehab are indispensable for recovering addicts. When a full cycle of treatment is complete, you’ll have a lower chance of relapse, especially if you have the support of family and friends to reinforce your determination to stay sober.
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