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How Alcohol and Drug Detoxing Works – Take the Steps

It is already known that addiction is extremely harmful emotionally, physically, and to everyone around you. But, did you know that Alcohol itself kills one person every 10 seconds worldwide? $600 billion is spent each year in costs associated with healthcare, lost productivity and crime due to the abuse of drugs and alcohol. Luckily, statistics have shown the positive trend of drug and alcohol treatment. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, ever $1 that is spent on addiction treatment programs, $4-7 is reduced from drug-related damages. As an individual, your neural and hormonal systems are affected by substance abuse, and create a strong chemical dependency. Drugs and alcohol can take over your life. The more your body is dependent, the harder it is to sober up, and find freedom from your addiction. Even if you decide to fight your addiction, bodies take physical, and emotional damage due to withdrawals. This makes it extremely hard to break the addictive behavior, and creates a need for professional help. There is a solution to ease the cleansing process. Detoxification.


What is Detoxification?

Detoxification, or detox, is the physiological and medical removal of harmful toxic substances. Detoxification is a period of dedicated medical treatment that includes close monitoring, counseling, prescription medicine, and other recovery methods that allow patients to overcome physical and psychological dependence on alcohol or drugs.


Addiction and Withdrawal Symptoms

The first step to breaking your addiction is to realize that you have an addiction. Although patterns may differ, there are major signs that help identify addiction. Signs of drug or alcohol addiction may include the following symptoms.

–          Sleep pattern changes

–          Weight fluctuation (gain or loss)

–          Anxiety or paranoia

–          Changes in social activities

–          Lack of personal grooming habits

–          Impaired coordination


Although addiction is extremely damaging, withdrawal symptoms are feared even more. Withdrawal symptoms can be identified both emotionally, and physically. These effects are difficult to contain on your own, and can be dangerous in certain cases. Like addiction symptoms, patterns may differ, but there are major signs of withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms can include the following.


–          Sweating, difficult breathing

–          Muscle tension and shaking

–          Headaches

–          Insomnia

–          Depression

–          Anxiety

–          Hallucinations

–          Strokes

–          Heart Attacks



How Detoxification Works – Get Started

 A clean system is the first step toward sober living, and addiction recovery. Detoxification helps you eliminate dangerous and uncomfortable effects of withdrawal. The sooner you get started with a detox facility, the better your opportunity is to achieve long-term recovery. With a professionally supervised process, Lifeline Connections will help you safely attain your physical stability. Our medically assisted detoxification program has a proven success rate. Every treatment plan is completely customized toward the patient needs, the amount of drug consumption, and the type of drug used. Medication is individually prescribed to minimize the impact of uncomfortable reactions. From there, our staff monitors you and your progress 24 hours a day until your body is completely cleansed from addictive chemicals. This process can take anywhere from one-to-five days. As you progress, staff members will make treatment recommendations to assist your recovery as you complete the first step of detoxification. To summarize, here are the major benefits in detoxification.


–          Flushed out, and clean system

–          Minimized uncomfortable effects from withdrawal

–          Customized treatment plans

–          Professionally monitored progress

–          Short one to five day process

–          Ongoing staff support



How to Choose a Detox Center

You’re ready to get rid of addiction, and to lead a clean, substance free life. When you undergo detoxification, it is critical to find a treatment center, and to stay there for maximum effectiveness. This means you have to find the right fit for you the first time around. If you are skeptical on how to choose the right detox center, here are a few things that you should consider.


–          Staff

–          Location

–          Services/Quality


Location & Environment: The first step is to find a location that you can efficiently make your way to, in an area that you will be comfortable with. The surrounding area should be favorable, but more importantly, the treatment center environment needs to be comfortable for you. The worst possible scenario would be to leave your treatment mid-process due to the environment and location of the treatment center.

 Staff & Culture: When you visit a website, you should be able to identify the culture of the business, and the staff. Is it a culture that supports you? Is the treatment center inviting? You should also be confident that the staff is properly trained and certified to treat you. Do they specialize in specific areas?

Services: Be sure the treatment facility that you choose covers an array of services that pertain to you. Patients often need help in several areas, and need to be helped with every area simultaneously to achieve long-term success.



Contact Us

Please contact Lifeline Connections for more information, or with any questions at 360-397-8246 ext 7580



Resources: | National Institute of Drug Abuse

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