Detox, short for detoxification, is a process in which an individual lessens or halts the use of a drug which results in the body ridding itself of any chemicals that were introduced by the abused substance. For those struggling with addiction, detoxification is often the first step toward treating drug and/or alcohol abuse. When a person goes through the detoxification process, he or she goes through withdrawal while their body readjusts to being without drugs or alcohol. The symptoms of withdrawal can be quite severe and, depending on the substance that an individual is detoxing from, may require medical supervision to prevent any life-threatening issues from arising.
There are two types of detoxification treatments: medical detox and nutritionally assisted detox.
- For a medically supervised detox treatment, a health care provider treats an individual’s withdrawal symptoms, which can range in severity, through the use of pharmaceutical medication. An individual may choose to seek outpatient treatment, where he or she goes to a hospital or treatment center for daily treatment; or inpatient treatment, which requires a stay at a residential facility.
- For nutritionally assisted detox, an individual attends a residential facility, where he or she receives a combination of Neurotransmitter Restoration (NTR) and Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD) therapy. This treatment uses a mixture of vitamins, minerals and nutrients to ease a patient through the withdrawal process, often far faster than medically supervised detox treatments.
Deciding on what detox treatment to seek should start with the Sovereign Health physicians, where they can go over the best care options depending on your needs.
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Medically Supervised Detox: Lessening or stopping drug or alcohol use is a process that should not be undertaken without assistance from a medical professional. Withdrawal symptoms can vary depending on the substance abused. Stopping use of some substances, such as benzodiazepines or alcohol, can be incredibly dangerous. An individual may experience seizures or other life-threatening symptoms. Going “cold turkey” is not recommended.
Individuals seeking medically supervised detox treatment for substance abuse have two main options: Outpatient detox treatment or inpatient detox treatment.
For outpatient care, an individual travels daily to a treatment facility for detox treatment. This can be beneficial for people who have work or school; they can seek treatment when it fits their schedule.
Residential detox treatment, or inpatient detox rehabilitation, involves an individual residing in a facility dedicated to detox. This has a number of benefits, including:
- An individual has 24-hour medically supervised care.
- Staff can provide treatment for withdrawal symptoms and help prevent any serious life-threatening symptoms.
- An individual does not have access to drugs or alcohol, and avoids the influences or triggers that can lead to a relapse.
- An individual is in a communal setting with others going through the same issues as they are, creating a sense of community.
- Individuals receive other treatment options, such as crisis management, suicide prevention, counseling, education, nutrition and adjunctive therapies.
- Schedules are focused on recovery, and aren’t interrupted by day-to-day distractions that might occur in outpatient care.
Medical detox is only available at the Sovereign Health of Fort Myers location.
Another Form of Detox: Nutritionally Assisted Detox
For individuals seeking an all-natural detox treatment, nutritionally assisted detox may be for them. A unique program available at Sovereign Health nutritionally assisted detox or NAD is shorter than most standard detox treatments. Patients often recover from withdrawal symptoms 50 to 80 percent faster.
Nutritionally assisted detox is currently only available at Sovereign Health in San Clemente, CA, facility.