In most cases of addition, especially drug addiction, an individual gets physically dependent on a certain substance. Once an individual gets dependent on a substance, he or she is not able to function well and may feel physical pains when he or she doesn’t take in the drug. The reason is that the drug has by now affected the chemical balance in the brain allowing the person’s structure to crave for the certain drug in order to attain sense of balance. This gets worse when the body starts to tolerate the drug that enters the system, thus, resulting to a higher quantity requirement the next time the drug is taken to reach the desired result.
By its very definition, addiction is the condition of being enslaved to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, such narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma. This distress can range in intensity from intense cravings to life threatening illness (depending on the drug), making it virtually impossible for an addict to stop without help. Because most withdrawal symptoms can be relieved instantly upon consumption of the drug that the body is withdrawing from, the desire to use that drug is very high in this period, often resulting in defeat of the healing before it can even begin.
As the addict recognizes the problem, the treatment process is another cross to carry. Treating addiction means taking away the dependency on the drug. This would signify 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. However, symptoms will always depend on the type of substance being used. Detoxification should be done to stop pains of withdrawal symptoms.
Detoxification is a process of cleansing the toxins from the body. In the case of drug addiction, it is the elimination of the drug residues from the body and controlling the symptoms of withdrawal. Detoxification is not the whole treatment process but it is the first step towards recovery. Taking away the toxins that have been controlling the body system of the patient should be done first before any behavioral based treatment which would treat the causal factors of addiction.
Drug detoxification can be referred to as the period of withdrawal during which the person’s body eventually comes back to homeostasis after long-term use of an addictive substance. Depending on the addiction, the process will vary.
Detoxification can be for 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 higher social support. In comparison to inpatients, patients in outpatient theraphy keep greater freedom, continue with their day-to-day activities with lesser disruptions. However, with outpatient treatment, there is an higher threat of no improvement because the patient is more likely to be exposed with the substance of abuse.
The process of drug detoxification seeks to lessen 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. Once the drug is emptied from the system and the pain and discomfort associated with stopping its use have been alleviated, the other reasons contributing to the addiction, such as the emotional and psychological issues, can be addressed.
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 process is to be deal very hard everyday.