What are the Differences Between Detox and Counseling?
Detox programs are often the first step in treatment. With counseling, there is support and encouragement from a professional to work towards long and healthy lives free of harmful substances.
What Is the Purpose of Detox Services?
A detox program is a way to safely remove the toxins that have built up in the body from substance abuse. The goal is to reverse the effects of these substances so that an individual can begin counseling and therapy. Once in counseling, individuals learn how to avoid relapse and continue forward on the path towards a sober life.
It can be difficult to detox alone. Through assistance from a medical professional with the proper training and tools, an individual is less likely to experience adverse effects such as seizures, hallucinations, or other serious side effects during detoxification. Instead, you’ll take less and less of the substance over a short period of time, as advised by medical professionals.
In some instances, medication-assisted treatment is recommended. This is a treatment approach that uses prescription medication to quit substances more rapidly and with fewer side effects. In some cases, this medication can be administered in a gradual tapering process or as an alternative to detox – once the individual is ready for treatment.
What are the Different Types of Detox Programs?
Depending on the substance you’re trying to detox from, your counselor may recommend a different type of detox program. At Southeast Addiction Georgia, we currently provide outpatient detox services for:
What to Expect in a Detox Program
Our detox programs are customized based on the substance an individual is trying to stop. This means that a service provider will work with you, one-on-one, according to your risk and history of addiction in order to determine the most recommended detox program for you.
Not all substances are physically addictive. Some substances can cause withdrawal symptoms or act as a form of self-medication during times of need. Whether or not a substance is physically addictive can vary depending on each person’s state of mind and body when using it. If you’re concerned about your physical dependence on a substance, consulting with a counselor can help determine the best treatment plan.
What to Expect in a Medication-Assisted Detox Program
Sometimes, medication-assisted treatment is recommended as a part of detox. This is when prescribing medical professionals medically manage withdrawal symptoms by slowly tapering off of substances instead of stopping them abruptly. Medication-assisted treatment can also be recommended to manage cravings from substances or continued use even after detoxification.
What to Expect After Detox
Once the detox process is finished, you will need to go to a long-term treatment program. Inpatient programs, outpatient programs, and partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) are all valid options depending on your needs.
Aftercare planning is the process of helping you enroll in one of these programs so that you can continue the recovery process. After detox, we work with each patient to plan for the next stage of their recovery.
Benefits of Detox
Not every patient needs to start their recovery with detox. Those that do benefit from it. Recovery is much more difficult while experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Going to detox helps you get through the withdrawal process safely while under supervision. If something goes wrong or you need help, there is someone there that can help you.
Those using more addictive drugs, like heroin or opioids, may need medication-assisted therapy (MAT) to handle the withdrawal symptoms. MAT programs can provide medications that slow the onset of withdrawal, making it easier to ween off of drugs and prevent other serious medical issues.
Signs You Need Detox
You may need detox if you stop taking substances for any amount of time and experience:
- Severe headaches
- Severe cravings
- An inability to avoid seeking more substances
- Severe irritability
- Severe muscle pain, aches, or disfunction
There are many other symptoms to watch for. If you take strong drugs, like opioids, consider starting a detox program as soon as possible.
Detox can be the key to starting your recovery on the right foot. Southeast Addiction – Georgia can help you take that first step. Contact Southeast Southeast Addiction – Georgia to start your recovery.