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Drug Detoxification Process


The integral first steps in defining an individual's drug treatment plan are the drug detoxification and withdrawal processes. In order to get someone is a stable state of mind, you have to introduce a period of no drug use because continued use of the substance often skews good judgement in addition to rationalizing continued use of the drug by the brain.

An addict is given a chance during detoxification to empty his/her head and consider future treatment plans. The principle behind this is to nudge the person into recognizing that they have an addiction and to increase the use of the drug as well.


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) TIP 45 on drug detox notes that this period is a "window of opportunity" for an individual in both medical and personal crises to consider further treatment.


Demystifying Detoxification

SAMHSA defines detox as a series of interventions that are done to control withdrawal symptoms and acute intoxication. Detoxification is distinct from drug abuse treatment as it's a prelude for drug abuse treatment. It can sometimes go on for a couple of days, however for some people detoxification can last for a couple of months. Futures of Palm Beach boasts detox experts who can assist you to treat withdrawal symptoms effectively and get you admitted to a customised treatment plan. It is highly and professionally recommended that addicts go through a long term treatment plan as detoxification does not deal with the social, emotional, cognitive and psychological issues that arise as a result of addiction.


Steps Taken In Drug Detoxification

Detox involves three important stages in which during the last one, the patient will be transferred to either an inpatient or outpatient programme.

  • Assessment
  • It is paramount that a person receives the correct diagnosis and assessment of the addiction in order for specialists to come up with a treatment plan that will work effectively to achieve the desired results.
  • The assessment stage pinpoints the addiction and extent of use and reveals any hidden mental or medical conditions or complications that can occur with the substance abuse.
  • Stabilization
  • Patients start withdrawal from alcohol or drugs with the procedure called stabilization.
  • Obtaining a drug-free state needs to be a goal in mind for this stage.
  • Certain medications are prescribed at this stage to assist in coping with the drug addiction most especially if the patient has heavily used drugs in the past.
  • After the patient has reached a certain level of level-headedness and are able to think sensibly, an authentic acceptance and admittance of drug dependency can then commence.
  • This lets patients find their role in the procedure and start the recovery program.
  • Helping Admission Into Substance Treatment
  • Statistics show that a large number of people who go through the detoxification process do not go further in search of treatment for their substance abuse problem.
  • While the reasoning for this differs from person to person, one thing is certain: Often a higher success rates for substance abstinence are always there for those who follow through with drug-free treatment.
  • Dedication to sobriety and knowledge about addiction are focal points here.
  • As soon as this phase has been completed, the individual can carry on with the centre's substance treatment plan in an outpatient or inpatient environment.

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Receiving Treatment

It's not too late to look for treatment for an addiction. Call Futures of Palm Beach today if addiction is controlling your life or the life of someone you know.

We provide our patients with specialists who are professionals in this area as well as individually specialized treatment facilities. You have the opportunity to consult with a qualified clinician in order to figure out all the options that are available to you in the quest for a drug-free life.