Detox is an essential stage of addiction recovery. While it may feel scary to many patients, the clarity and health that you achieve on the other side are tools that you’ll need in order to understand how addiction affects you. This will help you make the most of your time in addiction recovery, and safely remove your mind and body’s dependence on the substance.
However, we can’t sugar-coat it: detoxification can be hard on the body. That’s why it’s important to find a certified and medically experienced facility that can help you conduct the process safely and effectively. Studies have shown that longer detox periods, especially those assisted medically with prescriptions such as Methadone or Valium, lead to more effective addiction recovery. Conducted with experience and medical understanding, an effective detox program is your first step into getting your life back and leaving addiction behind forever.
One of the characteristics of addiction is tolerance, which is actually a physical change in your body. Your body adjusts to the substance in question, and because the drug can affect or replace neurotransmitters and hormonal signals in your brain, your body alters its normal functions in order to adapt. One of the most significant hormonal interruptions found in addiction is in dopamine production, also known as the feel-good hormone.
The release of dopamine is triggered in response to important survival goals, like eating, spending time with loved ones, or achieving a task. This teaches us and motivates us to do those things that are most essential for our survival and well-being. However, substance abuse hijacks this system and floods your body with dopamine when used. While it may cause a temporary “feel-good” effect, your body reacts by limiting dopamine receptors, and/or producing less natural dopamine in response to normal and healthy stimuli. This leads to dependence, when your body no longer knows how to function normally without the substance in question. Even the most basic functions and motivations of the body come second to the substance itself. Detox removes the substance from the equation and re-teaches your body natural and healthy function.
The severity and nature of your detox will depend on a number of factors, including the substance in question, the amount of time your body has been dependent on it, and the rate with which you use the substance. One of the most important factors, however, is your own body’s health and physiology. Underlying health concerns can cause additional complications during detox. Additionally, medications that you take with a prescription for health issues that you have can interact with medication used to assist with detox, and they can have side effects that are exacerbated by detox. It’s important for us to understand all of your health details and medical regimes so we can give you the best experience.
At Pomarri Drug Rehab & Addiction Center, we have the experience and training necessary to treat even very complicated detox situations. We can treat you for addiction, even if your current health condition includes the following:
Contact us today. We can help you begin down the path to becoming the person that you want to be.