Importance of Detox in a Medical Environment

Detox is the first step in drug and alcohol treatment. Although some people will try to detox at home, there is great importance to detox in a medical environment. In a medical detox setting, the patient gets care around the clock and professionals committed to doing anything they can to make him or her feel as comfortable as possible. By getting through this first step of the detox process with the least amount of pain as possible, the patient will develop a mindset that being substance-free doesn’t have to be painful.

Recovery isn’t just about quitting the abuse of drugs or alcohol, it’s a lifelong recovery process. By beginning your recovery in a detox program, you will be able to come out feeling better and thinking straight, ready to continue on the road to recovery.

Potential Effects of Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal

When it comes to the potential effects of drug and alcohol withdrawal, there is a great deal of variation based on many factors. The symptoms that patients may experience range, including nausea, vomiting, headaches, insomnia, and anxiety. Opioid withdrawal may cause diarrhea, dehydration, vomiting and other effects. Severe cases of alcohol withdrawal have been known to sometimes cause life-threatening conditions. Effects range from physical symptoms to social consequences. In order to provide a better overview of what to expect, we need to look at the effects based on the substance(s) used.

See the charts below for the full breakdown of the symptoms and side effects of drug and alcohol withdrawal.