The first step in the journey to sobriety is detox, or the cleansing of the body of toxic substances. Depending on the patient’s needs, a detox can be performed medically or naturally. The professionals at Life Change Recovery help determine what kind of detox programs are warranted for each patient, in order to keep the patient safe and provide them with the best results.
For some people, medical detox is absolutely necessary. Certain types of substances, namely alcohol and benzodiazepines (tranquilizers such as Valium), can present dangerous side effects during withdrawal. These types of detox should never be attempted alone. During a medical drug and alcohol detox program the patient is monitored closely at all times, usually in a hospital setting, to ensure their safety. If complications arise, trained medical staff members are there to treat with medications and medical support, if necessary.
Other individuals can choose to detox with the help of medications that make them more comfortable and help them get through the withdrawal symptoms more quickly. Even if a person’s life is not in danger during withdrawal, medical detox can make the process easier.
The other kind of detox available is a natural drug and alcohol detox program. This kind of detox does not require the assistance of a medical facility and does not use medication to relieve symptoms. This doesn’t mean that the patient is uncomfortable, however. Natural detox programs use drug-free methods to ease withdrawal symptoms, such as acupuncture, herbal supplements, meditation, and yoga. The philosophy of a natural detox program is that it is better to avoid adding toxins (medications) to the body while it is being cleansed of drugs.
Whether a person chooses to go through a natural detox, or whether they need a medical detox, there are benefits to each method. Our professionals can help provide more information about options for detox.
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