The road to addiction recovery can have various different starting points. Where one starts often depends on the severity, or progression of the disease. Addiction is a debilitating form of a mental health disorder, with no known cure. The condition can be managed, however, so that one can live a fulfilling life free from drugs and alcohol. The likelihood of successfully achieving long-term addiction recovery often depends on the foundation that is laid at the beginning.
A significant number of people begin the path to recovery by looking up local Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings. Thus, choosing to forego medical detox and/or residential treatment. After all, there is nothing that says you can’t achieve sobriety by just diving head first into a 12 Step program. In many situations, and depending on the substance you are struggling with, the aforementioned course of action can be satisfactory.
However, you can go to medical detox to alleviate the discomfort of your withdrawal symptoms. The discomfort of which can lead to relapse before the journey of recovery gets off the ground. Opioid withdrawal symptoms are extremely uncomfortable, and without the aid of medications the risk of relapse is high. In other situations, addiction involving particular substances (i.e. alcohol or benzodiazepines) choosing to detox on one’s own can be deadly.
Benefits of Medical Detox
Much like residential addiction treatment centers, medical detox programs provide clients with a safe environment to begin the process of recovery. Cut off from the outside world, aided by both therapy and medication, clients can avoid many of the pitfalls of early recovery in relative comfort.
Around every corner, one’s disease is attempting to get back into the spotlight. Detoxing in your home or apartment increases the chance that you might allow that to happen. If you have the ability to seek help in a professional environment, it is strongly advised. As it will increase your chances of a favorable outcome. What’s more, the dangers of home detox can be great.
Every year, a significant number of people misusing alcohol and/or benzodiazepines experience seizures when attempting to self-detox. If you are a late stage alcoholic, or are regularly using heavy amounts of benzo, please seek medical detox. Benzodiazepines can include:
- Xanax (alprazolam)
- Valium (diazepam)
- Ativan (lorazepam)
- Klonopin (clonazepam)
Detox Improves Treatment Outcomes
If you are ready to begin the process of recovery, please contact Boca Detox Center. Our inpatient detox center is a top-quality place to start. Those who go through our program, followed by continued treatment and therapy, have a greater chance at achieving their goal of long-term recovery. Even if you feel that medical detox is unnecessary, please call us and speak to a professional to gauge whether you are making a safe decision.