How To Know If You Need Detox Services
By The Orlando Recovery Center
Last Updated: September 25, 2023
The moment you decide you want to change your life and leave drugs and alcohol behind, you might be asking yourself, “What now?” The first step in getting helping is understanding what type of services you’ll need to get on the road to recovery. It’s not uncommon for your body to be physically addicted to drugs and alcohol if you’ve been heavily using for a long period of time. This may mean that you will need detox services to ensure a safe and healthy recovery.
Detox is the process of ridding the body of harmful substances. The physical components of addiction must be addressed before therapy and recovery can begin. Medications may be administered to help with opiate withdraw. Vitamin supplements may also help the body replenish necessary minerals and vitamins that it has been lacking during addiction. Additionally, antidepressants, anti-anxiety, or anti-psychotic medications may also be needed to help stabilize mood.
If you have been using several drugs at once
Depending on the types of drugs you are using, the frequency, and the length of time of use – this will determine if and when you need detox services. If you have become dependent on several substances the importance of detox becomes greater. The type of detox treatment, including any medicinal assistance given during detox will depend on the type of addiction being treated. Some addictions, like those to cocaine and marijuana do not require medication during detox.
If you feel like you need drugs and alcohol to prevent sickness
If you regularly take drugs and alcohol to prevent sickness, this is also known as avoiding withdraw. This occurs when your body becomes accustomed to having a certain amount of drugs and alcohol in it to function and then these substances are taken away. Once the substances are removed the body can go into shock, which causes withdraw symptoms to happen. These symptoms may include nausea, sweating, trouble breathing, runny nose, agitation, cramps, rapid heart rate, fatigue, and more. These symptoms need to be treated under the guidance of a medical professional, not at home. If left untreated, the outcome could be deadly.
If your goal is long-term recovery
Detox is just the first step on the road to long-term recovery. Once you get through the initial detox portion of your recovery, you will then move on to the rehabilitation process. This is where you get to the center of the reasons behind your addiction, address those reasons and learn how to cope and thrive living a sober life. The goal of detox shouldn’t be to just get you off the drugs and alcohol. It should be your goal to completely transform your life into the best and most healthy way of living for you. Detox is one part of getting there and healing along the way.
Chances are, if you’ve been using a combination of drug and alcohol substances for an extended period of time, you need detox services to move on with your life. This process of detoxing the body of drugs and alcohol will mark the beginning of your new life as a clean, sober, and motivated individual. Once you take that first step, the healing can begin.