3 Drug Withdrawal and Detox Myths
The best way to choose the right drug detox for you is to know what’s out there and to know the facts.
Michael’s House offers a natural drug detox and a medical drug detox for those who are addicted to drugs including heroin, prescription painkillers, anti-anxiety medications, crystal meth, alcohol, cocaine and others.
If you would like to enroll in our drug detox program, call today for more information.
Myth #1: Medication Will Take Away Withdrawal Symptoms
Depending upon your drug of choice and the dose you are at when you stop using, you may be given medications to help ease the individual symptoms you experience. For example, you may be given non-narcotic sleep aids if you have insomnia or anti-nausea medication, but there is no one medication to take away all the discomfort of withdrawal. Even those who opt for an opiate detox medication like methadone or Suboxone will still experience some withdrawal symptoms as their bodies adjust to the change.
Myth #2: You Don’t Need a Drug Rehab to Detox
This is true and false.
Though it is possible to stop using your drug of choice at home on your own, it is rarely successful for long. Few can withstand the urge to use when they are without medical and therapeutic support, especially when they know that all the withdrawal symptoms will stop with the first drink or drug use. Unfortunately, after a few days without using, tolerance goes down and drug overdose is a common result of relapse during at-home drug detox.
Additionally, if there are co-occurring underlying medical conditions, problems with your heart or respiratory system that may have gone unnoticed during addiction, detox can cause complications and without medical supervision, this can end in coma or even death.
Myth #3: Physical Detox Is Enough
Not for everyone.
Though a medical detox is often enough to break the physical dependence upon your drug of choice, it isn’t enough to treat the psychological dependence upon the drug.
Cravings and the desire to drink or get loaded can defeat anyone no matter how long they have been abstinent unless you have a support system in place and a relapse prevention plan. These come from psychotherapeutic treatment after drug detox.
Drug Detox at Michael’s House
Michael’s House offers both a medical drug detox and a natural drug detox as a part of our all-inclusive inpatient drug rehab. Psychotherapeutic addiction treatment is provided as well, beginning as soon as you feel stable physically.
We continue to provide support and assistance in early recovery after you graduate from drug detox and addiction treatment as well: all graduates are invited to take part in our sober living program, which provides sober living onsite.
For more information about drug detox, drug rehab and sober living at Michael’s House, contact us today.
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