Detoxification refers to the use of prescribed medication to help control withdrawal symptoms that occur once an alcoholic or drug addict stops using their drug of choice.
Although detoxification isn’t a cure for alcoholism or any addiction, it removes and cleanses the body of all the harmful toxins and alleviates the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal making recovery from a purely physical perspective more possible.
Once addicted to alcohol or other drugs patients have a physical compulsion to keep using. Detoxification removes this physical compulsion. The mental obsession associated with active addiction requires further treatment.
Some of the symptoms of drug and alcohol withdrawal may include insomnia, increased heart rate and abnormal muscular contractions /movement. Harsher symptoms include convulsions, hallucinations and confusion and in some cases, death.
Once detoxification has been completed, psychological treatment and addiction counselling will need to be done in order to minimise the patient’s risk of relapse once they have been discharged.
This addiction counselling at a treatment centre or rehab teaches the individual on how they can begin to adopt relapse prevention strategies and can be done in a rehabilitation centre (inpatient) or by regular out-patient counselling.
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