When an individual suffers from substance abuse or addiction and begins his or her recovery process, he or she must begin by ridding his or her body of the abused substance or substances. This process is called detox. There are a number of ways in which a person can go through the detox phase of his or her recovery. Some individuals will be able to successfully go through his or her detox process at home, alone. Some individuals will find his or her detox process to be successful while at home, but in the presence of a friend or loved one, for support. Some individuals will go through detox while residing in a specialized facility, under medical supervision. Every single person who is in treatment for substance abuse or addiction will have had to endure a detox process.

Medically supervised detox is a type of detox that offers a more hands on approach in a fairly controlled environment for the individual going through detox. It is most commonly done in a specialized facility, or hospital setting. In a medically supervised detox program a person will have twenty-four-hour care available throughout the entire process. There will be a medical professional closely monitoring the person going through detox and overseeing his or her withdrawal symptoms. In many medically supervised detox facilities a person will have the ability to go through a medically assisted detox, when needed. This occurs when an individual requires, or would benefit from, specific medication that can help to partially alleviate or lessen some of the discomforts that are associated with one’s withdrawal symptoms.

Detox, much like substance abuse and addiction is a personalized experience. Each individual will have a unique experience with nuanced needs. Some individuals will be in need of medically supervised detox and some will not. This depends on each individual’s health history, the length of time a person had been abusing a substance, the type or types of substances abused, and the potency of the abused substance or substances. All of these factors play into one’s recovery plan and how to best tailor one’s specific needs for treatment.

There are certain types of substances for which medically supervised detox is highly recommended. These substances include the following: alcohol, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, heroin and other opioids such as morphine and prescription pain medications. Some of the reasoning behind medically supervised detox being advised for individuals who suffer from substance abuse or addiction to the above list of substances is due to the severity of one’s withdrawal symptoms. When a person abuses those specific types of substances the physical consequences can be dire. An individual who is addicted to or abused benzodiazepines, for example, will have chemically adjusted the makeup of his or her brain. One’s body will become reliant upon the benzodiazepines to function and the abrupt removal of them can be dangerous. Having a medical professional supervising one’s detox process can help to mitigate possible complications, while simultaneously assuring one’s physical safety.

Medically supervised detox not only offers support for an individual in physical discomforts from his or her withdrawal symptoms, but can also offer psychological and emotional support throughout the process. The primary purpose for the detox process is for an individual to physically begin to realign his or her body and brain functioning abilities without the presence of the abused substance or substances. There is no one reason behind why individuals initially turn to drugs or alcohol. In many cases, there is, however, an emotional component to an individual’s substance abuse or addiction. Medically supervised detox will provide emotional guidance and support from a medical professional for the individual throughout his or her detox process.

Once an individual successfully completes his or her detox process, as part of the discharge protocol, medically supervised facilitates will provide the individual with an appropriate follow-up plan. An individual will be guided as to his or her options regarding further substance abuse and addiction treatment. A facility will do its very best to help set the individual up for future success surrounding his or her sobriety.

Further Information

Substance abuse and addiction are all consuming, and if left untreated can result in extremely difficult long term consequences. There is no need to go through this alone. If you or someone you know is in need of addiction treatment for drugs or alcohol, please seek help immediately. We are available to answer any questions you may have regarding substance abuse or addiction. For further information, do not hesitate contacting us at: 323-207-0276. You can also feel free to reach out via email at: info@refugerecoverycenters.com.

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