No one wants to go through drug withdrawal. For those who are addicted to drugs, the addiction itself is what keeps them using. For those who eventually realize that they must stop using drugs for their own health and longevity and that of their families and loved ones, what then? It is often fear of withdrawal that is a significant barrier to seeking care.
If they’ve ever gone without their drug for a brief time, they already know what withdrawal can feel like, even in its early stages. It’s not fun. What they may not know is that a professional drug detox center can offer hope and relief.
Learn more about medical detox and the Pennsylvania drug detox center at Pennsylvania Adult & Teen Challenge (PAATC). For access to additional information, feel free to reach out using our online form or by calling 844.442.8673 to speak to a staff member.
4 Benefits of Medical Detox
There are risks involved in at-home detox. In some cases, withdrawing outside a detox center can end in tragedy and often ends in relapse. What makes inpatient medical detox so beneficial?
It may seem as if detoxing at home would be more comfortable, but that is far from the reality. The symptoms of withdrawal are unpleasant at best and often painful and disorienting. The temptation to use again to end suffering is a risk if you are at home. But, if you are in a medical detox center, the professional staff can offer medications that will alleviate your worst symptoms. This process helps you avoid the worst of the physical cravings so you can detox successfully. It is important that detox does not threaten your overall sense of wellbeing. You want to feel empowered when you enter the next phase of rehab.
Having a team of doctors and other medical professionals on hand 24/7 during detox ensures that you stay safe during the riskiest passages of detox. Your health providers will be able to catch pre-existing but undiagnosed medical or mental health conditions that often rear their heads during detox for the first time once the masking effects of the drug have worn off. Any health alerts that arise from the stress to your body during withdrawal will be managed and your discomfort mitigated.
3. Stability and Health
While undergoing physical withdrawal from drugs, your body experiences tremendous strain. When professionals supervise you, you can be assured that you receive the necessary nutrition, hydration, and essential vitamins and minerals being stripped from your system by the exiting toxins. In addition to your physical health needs being met, your emotional stability will be looked after. You will have an opportunity to talk with your rehab team about the next steps. They will be there to offer support and information as needed.
Medical supervision significantly decreases the risk of relapse and overdose before detox can occur. This first step in the recovery journey must be successful for the rest of the rehab to happen. Long-term success rates are much higher among those who experience professional medical oversight and management during detox.
These benefits are the same for teens and adults. At PAATC, our drug detox offers the same highly professional, evidence-based care during detox. Whatever your age, PAATC offers Pennsylvania residents the most up-to-date care for addiction treatment.
Learn More About the Teen Drug Detox Center at PAATC
Are you or someone you love ready to begin the recovery journey? Detox is the first step. At PAATC, we can walk you through all the steps, ushering you from addiction to a life of freedom from drugs. We offer numerous therapies, including:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Group therapy
- Individual therapy
- Family therapy