In most cases of addition, especially drug addiction, an individual gets physically dependent on a certain substance. The dependency is intense that without the drug the person might be in severe pain or dysfunctional. The reason is that the drug has already affected the chemical balance in the brain allowing the person’s structure to crave for the certain drug in order to obtain sense of balance. Much worse is that the body later on tolerates the substance that enters the system, thus, resulting to a higher amount requirement the next time the drug is taken to achieve the desired effect.
From its very definition, addiction is the situation of being enslaved to a practice, such narcotics, to such an extent that its discontinuation causes severe trauma. This trauma can differ in intensity from intense cravings to life threatening illness (depending on the drug), making it virtually impossible for an addict to give up without assistance. Because most withdrawal symptoms can be relieved instantly upon use of the drug that the body is withdrawing from, the want to use that drug is exceptionally high in this time, often resulting in defeat of the healing before it can even begin.
To treat addiction, it always starts with the recognition of it. The treatment process can then be carried on. Healing substance dependence means taking away the dependency on the drug. This would indicate that the person had to stop taking the drug. However, reducing the body of an addict from taking in the drug would lead to withdrawal symptoms. It is never easy to deal with these symptoms. The severity of the symptoms depends on the kind of drug the person is addicted to. Detoxification should be done to stop pains of withdrawal symptoms.
The process of detoxification is the cleansing of the toxins in our body. In the case of drug addiction, it is the elimination of the drug residues from the body and controlling the symptoms of withdrawal. The detoxification process is only the first step to recovery. Eliminating the toxins that have been controlling the body system of the addict should be done first before any behavioral based theraphy which would cure the underlying factors of addiction.
Drug detoxification can be referred to as the period of withdrawal during which the person’s body eventually returns to balance after long-term use of an addictive substance. The process may vary depending on the kind of addiction.
Detoxification can be done on both inpatient and outpatient basis. Inpatient detoxification allows a close monitoring on the patient. Also, the contact to the substance of abuse could be avoided. Meanwhile, outpatient detoxification allows greater social support. In comparison to inpatients, patients in outpatient theraphy retain greater freedom, continue with their day-to-day activities with fewer disruptions. However, with outpatient treatment, there is an increased risk of relapse since the patient is more likely to be exposed with the substance of abuse.
The process of drug detoxification seeks to decrease the severity of the trauma associated with the body’s withdrawal from dependence on a particular drug by medically alleviating and monitoring the intense physical symptoms associated with stopping drug use. When the drug is cleared from the system and the pain and discomfort associated with stopping its use have been alleviated, the other factors contributing to the addiction, such as the emotional and psychological issues, can be taken cared of.
Addiction is a very serious problem among the many people in all walks of life. More than intensive treatment, self-determination is also a requirement. The treatment procedure is to be deal very hard everyday.