Detox

If you or a loved one struggles with substance use disorder or alcoholism, it can seem impossible to stop. Suddenly decreasing a dose of one of these substances or stopping cold turkey can create adverse symptoms of withdrawal. This can lead to cravings for the substance and create a vicious cycle of continued use. Your physical, emotional, or mental health may also be negatively affected by the physiological effects of withdrawal from these substances.

However, with proper medical care, detox services can reduce the symptoms of withdrawal. These services can help you achieve sobriety by providing a safe and incremental plan to detox without adverse effects. They also provide education on substance abuse treatment options that are available to you or your loved one.
For those seeking detox services in the Atlanta area, Southeast Addiction Georgia can help you or your loved one get detox and treatment. Contact us to speak with a member of our team that can answer any questions you may have and walk you through the process.

Symptoms of Withdrawal

There are many physical, mental, and emotional symptoms that can occur when a person experiences withdrawal. The severity of each individual’s symptoms will vary depending upon the specific substance involved, the amount of use, and the duration of use. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and in some cases life-threatening. It is important to understand that these symptoms are expected and can be managed with the help of a trained medical professional.

These symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Hot flashes
  • Muscle cramping
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures
  • Paranoia
  • Cardiovascular symptoms

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
  • Vomiting/Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia

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.

Contact Us and Get Help Now

Southeast Addiction Center exists for one purpose: to help addicts establish sustainable recovery.

Contact us via email at
[email protected]

770-217-7832

 

3020 Holcomb Bridge Rd

 

Suite C
Norcross GA 30071

615-346-5563

 

3507 Charlotte Ave

 

Nashville, TN 37209