Detoxification is one of the most important steps of the drug addiction recovery process. In fact, following an acknowledgment of your drug addiction and your decision to seek help, this is where the recovery process truly starts. After all, in order to stay clean, first you have to be clean. Detoxification is not something you can do by yourself, though. Rather, you have to seek help from an accredited professional facility, like one of the detox centers in Austin Texas.
A detox center is a facility, which provides professional detoxification services. Basically, when you go to a detox center, you will go through several tests in order to assess your level of intoxication, after which, you may go through various, sequential cleansing processes, such as colon cleansing, footbaths and lymphatic massages to flush out the toxins from your body. At the same time, someone will guide you in getting off drugs, and more importantly, help you deal with the nasty effects of drug addiction withdrawal.
Drug addiction withdrawal is as serious as drug addiction itself, affecting the person physically and mentally with symptoms such as depression, anxiety, mood swings, suicidal tendency, sleeplessness, nausea, chills, excessive sweating, cramps and fever. If the person is left to his own devices, there is a risk of various medical complications such as seizures and stroke. There is even a chance that the person may die because of his physical inability to cope with the symptoms or by succumbing to the suicidal thoughts induced by the withdrawal.
Because of all the effects of drug addiction withdrawal, this is also the hardest part of quitting drug addiction, so without constant support, the addict can easily fall into relapse.
It is very important, then, to go to a detox center rather than opt for the ‘cold turkey’ route and try to do things on your own. If you are in a detox center, you may be given medication to lessen the effects of the withdrawal and the cravings, such as Suboxone, which has been proven effective in many cases. You will also have someone to talk to whenever the need arises and someone to constantly monitor you to let your know of your progress and prevent you from falling into relapse. Should complications arise, a doctor can be with you in seconds while other medical professionals will be there to nurse you back to health.
Detoxification can take several days or weeks, depending on the patient’s level of intoxication. For those who have only used drugs for a short period of time, the worst is usually over in five days while for those who have been drug addicts for years, the symptoms may be apparent for two weeks or more.
Most detox centers in Austin, Texas also double as inpatient drug rehabilitation centers. In this way, those who have completed the detoxification phase can have a smooth transition into rehabilitation and recover continuously. Of course, you can also choose to have your rehabilitation in another facility, though, choosing one that you think best fits your needs.