Detoxification (detox) centers are usually the first step for people suffering from substance dependency and abuse, including alcohol, benzodiazepine and opioid addictions. When an addicted person stops using drugs and alcohol, the body often begins to experience withdrawal symptoms. We partner with detox center professionals who can help ease these withdrawal symptoms and get patients through detox as safely and comfortably as possible.
Detox for Alcohol and Drug Addictions
Alcohol and drug withdrawal can be intense and even deadly. This is a very fragile time for the addict, who is has just taken a very scary first step towards recovery. With our careful monitoring and supervised medication management, staff focuses on preventing the unpleasant or fatal consequences that result from suddenly stopping alcohol and drug use. Our partner medical detox also helps prevent addicts from relapsing – which often happens when addicts try to detox on their own. At CWC, people struggling with substance abuse will get support from medical experts to safely complete detox and transition to recovery.
Why People Develop Addictions
As an alcoholic or addict continues to use, over time they develop a tolerance to alcohol and drugs. When this happens, they have to use more to feel the effects. Eventually, they have to drink or use to prevent withdrawal. At CWC treatment center in South Florida, we understand the depths of addiction and the challenges that lie ahead for someone seeking lifelong recovery. Our staff is made up of dedicated and motivated individuals who have a deep passion for helping addicts recover.
What Happens During Alcohol and Drug Withdrawals?
The initial period of detoxification can be intense for many patients. For example, within several hours after the last dose of drugs or the final drink, addicts experience some of the following withdrawal symptoms:
- Tremors or shakes
- Slow movements and thoughts
- Nausea or vomiting
- In severe cases, seizures and hallucinations
As unpleasant as detox is, this is a necessary step toward recovery and sobriety. At Comprehensive Wellness Centers we work to ensure symptoms and side effects are minimized. After stabilization, we shift focus, monitoring and supporting the body’s various processes as it rids itself of the drug, and continuing to manage any unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.
Opioid and Alcohol Detox Medications
As detox ends, opioid addicts and alcoholics in the early stages of recovery fight an uncontrollable urge to find and use drugs and alcohol. Their treatment plan at our Florida addiction recovery center near West Palm Beach might include medically assisted treatments with medications such as Vivitrol. This medication is proven to help prevent opioid and alcohol relapse by fighting the physical cravings.
Detox and Therapy
We believe detox is not a whole treatment for drug addiction, no matter what the drug of choice. That’s why we focus on “whole patient care.” We help patients address psychological and physical issues. Therapeutic psychological treatment can help prevent cravings, get to the root cause of the addiction and understand changes in the brain as a result of long-standing substance abuse.
Long-Term Plan for Success
Detox alone might help the patient stop abusing drugs and alcohol in the short term, but without follow-up care and therapy, the risk of relapse increases greatly. At Comprehensive Wellness Centers we care for the whole person. With a variety of treatment options, we customize a plan that meets each individual’s needs, including emotional, physical and overall well-being.