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Medical Detox Albany NY

One of the addiction treatment options that many people do not fully understand is medical detox. However, medical detox is by far and away the best possible option for starting the addiction treatment process.

Detox is the first step in drug or alcohol addiction recovery and treatment. In this particular process, a person is trying to flush the drug or alcohol out of his or her system without consuming any more to replace it. Medical detox is essential to treatment, but it is not necessarily easy. Along with the detox process come withdrawal symptoms that serve as the body and mind’s reactions to being denied the addicted substance.

If you or a loved one needs access to medical detox, call Albany Drug Rehab at (518) 626-8504.

How Does Detox Work?

Detox works by breaking a person’s physical addiction. Medical detox allows a physician to give the recovering addict prescription drugs at specific moments in the process to help reduce withdrawal symptoms and make the process slow and gradual.

Why Is It Important To Detox Slowly Rather Than Abruptly?

Detoxing slowly is a far better than an abrupt alternative. A gradual detox prevents the body from going into shock, which can cause serious and permanent damage to organs and may even result in death if a person has an underlying medical condition. Additionally, a slow detox is generally more comfortable than an abrupt one, as withdrawal symptoms are minimized and controlled as much as possible.

Why Is It Dangerous To Detox At Home?

Detoxing at home is dangerous because it is an abrupt form of detox. On top of that, when people detox at home, they put themselves at increased risk by separating themselves from possible medical care and treatment. There is no way to know whether a person will experience only minor symptoms of withdrawal or some of the more severe symptoms that constitute a medical emergency. As such, home detox is inherently a needlessly risky endeavor.

What Are Some Symptoms Of Withdrawal?

During detox, an addict will inevitably experience some form of withdrawal. However, the type of symptoms varies from drug to drug, and the severity of the symptoms are a toss-up, meaning it is unknown if he or she will experience severe or minor symptoms. Some of the common symptoms of withdrawal based on the drug involved include:

Marijuana Withdrawal

  • Anxiety
  • Inability to sleep
  • Anger and aggression
  • Cough

Meth Withdrawal

  • Paranoia
  • Depression
  • Exhaustion and extreme fatigue
  • Aches and pains

Alcohol Withdrawal

  • Headaches
  • Severe nausea
  • Hallucinations
  • Tremors

OxyContin Withdrawal

  • Cold sweats
  • Seizures
  • Intense abdominal pain
  • Night sweats

How Does Detox Trigger Relapse without Treatment?

Going through detox is an important step in the addiction treatment process. It is not, however, the only step. Detox by itself will almost certainly trigger relapse. This is because detox only deals with the physical addiction that a person has to drugs or alcohol and does not deal in any way with a person’s mental addiction.

On the other hand, if a person goes through medical detox in a residential treatment facility, he or she will be able to continue on to treatment for the mental addiction without any gap in treatment or delay. This means there will be no chance to relapse and the patient will get full, comprehensive treatment for physical and mental addictions.

Call Albany Drug Rehab at (518) 626-8504 as soon as possible to get your medical detox process started. Don’t wait one more day. Our specialists are standing by to speak with you about our various drug addiction treatment programs.

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