Alcohol and Drug Detox
Why Alcohol and Drug Detox is Such an Important Step
When a person suddenly stops using drugs or alcohol, they may begin to experience a variety of uncomfortable physical and emotional symptoms. Detoxification from some substances can even be life-threatening. For this reason, detox is quite possibly our most intensive phase of treatment.
Victory’s medical team is experienced, with proper detox protocols for all substances. And, because everyone’s experience with substances and how they will tolerate stopping use of them is different, the best way to start the process is with an assessment and treatment plan.
We Offer Personalized Assessments to Determine Withdrawal Risk
Withdrawal refers to the range of physical and psychological symptoms that occur when a person who is dependent on a substance, such as drugs or alcohol, suddenly reduces or stops their use of that substance. These symptoms can vary depending on the specific substance but often include discomfort, cravings, anxiety, irritability, nausea, sweating, and insomnia. Withdrawal is a challenging and often distressing experience, and it is a significant motivating factor for individuals to continue using substances despite negative consequences, as they may use the substance simply to avoid or alleviate these uncomfortable symptoms. Proper medical and psychological support is crucial for individuals going through withdrawal as part of their journey to recovery from substance use disorder.
Why can’t I just stop on my own?
Going “cold turkey” by abruptly quitting substance use can lead to several problems for individuals with substance use disorders. Firstly, it can result in severe withdrawal symptoms, which can be physically and psychologically distressing, making it difficult for the individual to maintain abstinence. Secondly, the risk of relapse is high when quitting abruptly, as the cravings and discomfort of withdrawal can be overwhelming, driving individuals back to substance use.
Additionally, sudden cessation without medical supervision can be dangerous, especially for substances with potentially life-threatening withdrawal symptoms, such as alcohol or benzodiazepines. It’s a best practice for individuals to seek professional help, through a detox program, to manage withdrawal safely and increase the chances of long-term recovery.
Detoxification at Victory Addiction Recovery Center Is a Medically-Supervised Process
Detoxification is supervised by Victory’s highly-qualified onsite medical team, which is guided by our medical director and clinical staff. Specifically-trained and licensed nurses are available 24-hours-a-day to provide compassionate, professional care, safeguarding each person’s physical and mental wellbeing during this challenging time.
Our team not only provides pharmacological interventions during detoxification as needed, we also offer an array of interventions and education on techniques to aid clients during this phase.
How long does it take to detox?
It surprises many people to learn that not everyone has to go through extensive detox to begin recovery. Some expel toxins and start healing over the course of a few days, while others might need up to two weeks. We create a program tailored to your needs in order to help you achieve your ultimate goal of sobriety.
Therapy Begins Right Away
Purging the body and mind of toxins during the detoxification process sheds light on numerous issues. While this might seem difficult at first, it’s actually an essential turning point that enables our clients to continue the recovery journey. We assign an individual therapist to lend support and provide guidance during this critical phase. They also providing counseling to assist with other aspects on the path to recovery.
Detoxification helps reduce the brain’s reliance on chemical stimulation of vital neural pathways. Immediate therapeutic intervention allows an individual to replace false responses with conscious choices.
Detox Is Just the Start
One myth of recovery is once the chemicals are eliminated, addiction is “cured.” But the philosophy of comprehensive addiction recovery is that while this disease isn’t curable, it’s absolutely treatable. With dedicated guidance, acknowledgement of root causes, and progressive methods for behavioral management, all people can understand substance use disorder, why they developed it, and how to create a positive, healthy future.
Why should Victory Addiction Recovery Center be your Choice for Detox in Louisiana?
The goal at Victory Addiction Recovery Center is for all clients to be physically and emotionally comfortable as quickly as possible to allow them to focus on their treatment and goals, free from substance dependency and full of hope.
Our admissions team is available 24-hours-a-day to answer your questions, so if you or a loved one is ready to make a change, call us today.