Safe Withdrawal through Medical Detox
It is important to know the facts about what detox is and what a person may experience while going through a medical detox, whether for you or a loved one. It is highly advised that one goes to a detox center and does not try to detox on their own, as catastrophic results can occur without professional help. It is best to be supervised by trained professionals and doctors or nurses in case any medical problems should present.
Some addictions to specific drugs such as alcohol or benzodiazepines will necessitate a person to go to a medical detox clinic before entering a rehab program for their own safety. This is due to the fact that the withdrawals from specific drugs can make them physically ill and lead to severe withdrawal symptoms, including unpredictable or violent behavior, seizures or death.
Statistics show that almost 12 percent of American citizens aged 18 years old are now addicted to illicit drugs and approximately 27 million Americans use illicit drugs regularly. Results of the 2001 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse and Addiction revealed that while millions of Americans habitually use marijuana, drink alcohol, use cocaine, and take prescription drugs, many of these people do not recognize or believe that they have a drug problem. The figure of those in denial about their drug addiction is estimated to be more than 4.6 million, and you probably know someone in denial yourself.
Your loved ones are incredibly excited that you have now decided to get help and the drugs are leaving your system–this will let them sleep better at night and not wake up to the constant fear that something terrible will happen to the person they love. Imagine how freeing this is for both them and for you!