If your loved one is addicted to any drug including alcohol-that is, if they experience withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop taking their drug of choice-then your loved one needs a medical drug addiction treatment that includes drug detox.
But how can you tell if your loved one is struggling with drug abuse or drug addiction? How do you know if your loved one needs drug detox?
They Experience Psychological Episodes
Drugs induce emotional and psychological issues like depression, anxiety, irritability. If these issues were present even mildly before drug abuse began, they can quickly spiral out of control in the face of regular use of mind altering drugs. In this case, not only will drug detox be necessary, but a dual diagnosis treatment that speaks to the psychological issues as well as the medical drug-related issues is essential for a successful recovery.
They Experience Physical Withdrawal Symptoms
If your loved one stops taking his or her drug of choice and begins to feel physically ill within a few hours, the likely cause is drug detox. Physical withdrawal symptoms characterize spontaneous detox. These symptoms vary depending upon your loved one’s drug of addiction but may include tremors and shaking, nausea and vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea or constipation, headaches, and muscle aches and pains. These physical withdrawal symptoms can be so painful and uncomfortable that few make it through on their own without relapsing.
They Have Uncontrollable Cravings
The urge to get high, even just the craving for the ritual of preparing and using a favorite drug can be overwhelming during detox. Even if the physical withdrawal symptoms are mild due to a low tolerance for their drug of choice, your loved one may be struggling with an irresistible urge to get high. This desire, without the support of a medical professional through the course of a supervised drug detox, can be enough to make someone relapse and destroy their chances of recovery.
They Continually Attempt to Quit and Can’t
Good intentions to break their drug addiction will not be enough to make a drug detox happen for your loved one. In the same way that they can’t just decide not to have diabetes anymore, your loved one can’t just stop being addicted to drugs on will power alone. Some, however, must try it multiple times before realizing the inevitable: a medical disease requires medical treatment and for drug addiction, that medical treatment is drug detox.
They Have Other Medical Issues As Well as Drug Addiction
Just like the presence of psychological issues means that dual diagnosis drug rehab is necessary, so too does the presence of other medical issues mean that a supervised drug detox is absolutely necessary. Certain drugs like heroin and prescription painkillers can be deadly if you try to stop taking them without warning while other physical problems are in effect. The problem is that many who struggle with drug addiction may not get to the doctor as often as they should and may not even realize that they have a heart disease, the beginning stages of liver or kidney failure and other medical problems that could make a spontaneous cold turkey detox deadly.
Drug Detox at The Canyon
The Canyon recommends that no one attempt a drug detox on their own. We provide a medical detox as part of a comprehensive drug rehab that will help you or your loved one navigate the experience of drug detox safely and effectively.
If you have any questions about how we can help your loved one with drug detox and drug rehab, contact us today.