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Detox at a Residential Rehab Center

Detox at a Residential Rehab Center

Detox is the process of allowing toxins to leave the body. Depending on the substance in question and the intensity of the addiction, this process can take anywhere from several days to multiple weeks. During this time the addict will experience potentially severe symptoms of withdrawal including physical pain, emotional distress, flu-like symptoms, sleeplessness and panic. This is because many of the most addictive drugs create a physical dependency in the brain. As a result, addicts will not be able to feel normal when they stop taking drugs. The withdrawal symptoms will continue until the brain begins producing its own chemicals again.

Residential Rehabilitation Is the Best Way to Recover from Addiction

Many people attempt to detox on their own. They endure the horrors of withdrawal for as long as it takes until the symptoms pass. The most effective treatment programs offer medically supervised detox that can relieve the worst withdrawal symptoms. This is just one of the many advantages of residential drug treatment over quitting cold turkey.

While it is true that when the withdrawal process ends users have essentially kicked the physical addiction, the road to recovery is far from over. The euphoria brought on by the drugs or alcohol affects an area of the brain called the “pleasure center.” This is the same part of the brain that reinforces behavior, and regulates mood, impulse control and even memory. The high blocks feelings of emotional distress, loneliness, hopelessness, anxiety and even physical pain. The brain will crave that relief and will re-wire neurological pathways to reinforce whatever behavior leads to drug use. This powerful network of impulses, instincts and cravings is often completely subconscious. In many cases, the addict is the last person to know that he has a problem. This psychological web takes serious time and effort to untangle and operates in the brain in a way that is often much more influential than rational thought.

The Benefits of Residential Treatment

The most successful residential treatment centers treat the whole person. The detox portion of treatment may only last a few days, but the process of re-learning how to think, feel and act without drugs or alcohol takes weeks, months or even longer. A range of therapeutic approaches are available on an outpatient basis, but the accountability and protection from temptations, stresses and abuse-triggers make residential treatment a superior option for most people. These programs can last from one month to over one year and also include in-depth preparation for life after rehab.

Finding the Right Residential Treatment Program

If you are struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction please call our 24 hour toll-free helpline. Our specially trained addiction counselors can answer your questions, help you process your thoughts and concerns and even help you find the best treatment plan for your unique needs. We can even help you confirm insurance coverage of the costs of treatment and all kinds of treatment logistics. Don’t waste another day addicted. Call us any time and we’ll rush to your aid. Don’t detox on your own. Let us help you find the freedom you crave. Call today.