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Understanding Detox vs. Rehab: How to Choose What’s Best For You

Posted by on April 27, 2020 in Healing & Natural Remedies, Health with 0 Comments

Addiction is considered as the most difficult challenge to overcome, there’s a lot of attempts but more often there is relapse. Thus addiction treatment strongly requires a continued support system, could it be detoxification or rehab, let’s find out what’s the best for you. An article by  Court Nichols

Substance use disorder, or more popularly known as drug addiction, is a disease that significantly affects one’s behavior, making them powerless to control the use of drugs, legal or illegal. And when we say substance, we are not just talking about common drugs such as marijuana, meth, or cocaine but as well as alcohol and nicotine found in cigarettes. Being addicted to those substances we have mentioned, one still continues to use them despite the harm they may cause to their physical and psychological health. Like for example, it has been discussed and studied multiple times how Paracetamol and Alcohol combination can be dangerous which many still ignore. Substance abuse is pretty much the same since almost everyone is aware of the dangers of drugs and alcohol but still a lot are getting hooked up.

The reason why some people become addicted to drugs is caused by using a recreational drug in social situations. While the risk of drug addiction varies by the type of drug that people use, the use of the drug becomes more frequent as time passes by. Soon, drug users tend to need larger doses to get high, and worse, it will be difficult for them to go with their daily lives without the drug.

But thankfully, attempts to stop drug use is possible. However, it may cause the user to undergo intense cravings, also known as withdrawal symptoms during the recovery process. Moreover, one needs to seek professional help from addiction treatment in Houston to overcome drug addiction.

How to treat an addiction?

There are actually two ways to treat addiction. The first one, called detoxification, while the other one is called rehabilitation, which you probably already know about. These two treatments have their own purpose and are completely different from each other.

What is Detoxification?

Detoxification is the process of helping the body to remove any toxic substances naturally. However, to ensure its effectiveness, comfort, and safety, the process should be under the supervision of a medical professional that practices addiction treatment in Houston. Moreover, not everyone might have the same detox experience since the detoxification process depends on what kind of drug had been used and how long it was used. This is a serious consideration which is only taken into account at the Best rehab Georgia and similar facilities.

The detoxification process usually lasts for up to 10 days and does the following:

  • Cleanse the body from drug and alcohol substances.
  • Helps reduce any discomfort and body pain
  • Help lowers the level of your anxiety and stress
  • Help strengthen your immune system
  • Help you to regain in control with your behavior
  • Help you overcome the withdrawal symptoms
  • Help you manage your alcohol and drug cravings

Furthermore, self-detoxification is not recommended since it may lead to hallucinations, nausea, seizures, coma, and in some cases, even death. This is the reason why detoxification must be supervised by a medical professional.

What is Rehabilitation?

If your drug addiction affects your mind and spirit more than it affects your body, experts highly recommend making your recovery journey in a rehabilitation facility, also known as residential treatment. A rehabilitation facility usually involves a series of processes that help you develop sobriety that lasts for the rest of your life. It is also wise for any detox patients to enroll for rehabilitation. Besides, physically overcoming drug dependence is just the beginning of the recovery journey.

Rehabilitation treatment includes holistic programming that helps you understand the roots of your drug addiction and the impact it has made with your life, both physical and psychological. Through fundamental education and counseling, it aims to teach you as well as your loved ones on how to positively deal with challenges you might face on your recovery journey and how essential it is to stay sober.

Rehabilitation treatment usually lasts between 30 to 90 days and does the following:

  • Personalized therapy
  • Psychiatric services
  • Teach practical life skills
  • Group therapy
  • Group support system
  • Therapeutic activities

Is it important to complete the treatment process?

There are rehabilitation facilities that offer short-term programs. However, according to studies, patients who used to complete the whole rehabilitation process recommended by their medical supervisor are ten times more likely to stay sober compared to those who only undergo short-term programs. Also, patients who live in a drug-free environment, remain substance-free, and practice healthy and sober behaviors for three months are more likely to have a better recovery journey outside of the rehabilitation facility.

Conclusion and Credits

According to Court Nichols, both the detoxification and rehabilitation processes provide useful solutions for treating addiction. It is best to consult your doctor and, more importantly, inform your loved ones to help you with your recovery. Court is the program director for detox and addiction rehab treatment facilities. He helps others focus on a lifestyle of sober living with healthy diet and exercises and many other mental and physical health habits. Check more on Youtube.


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