One of the harsh realities about drug addiction is that getting through rehab offers some very interesting challenges. If someone hasn’t yet experienced what happens when they suddenly stop using, the onset of withdrawal symptoms can be a little unnerving. Even if someone has prior experience with the detox process, they still may not be able to predict what’s going to happen. Each withdrawal episode can be a little different.
Some of the factors that determine the severity of withdrawal symptoms someone might experience include:
- The length of time they have abused their drug of choice
- The frequency of their drug abuse
- The actual drug or drugs they have been using
- The volume of drugs they use to get the desired effect
Upon entering rehab, each client goes through an intake interview process. The purpose of the interview is to help give the rehab’s administrative staff an idea of the circumstances surrounding the client’s drug abuse. They will use this information to determine what types of treatment services each client will most likely need. One of the first decisions the administrative staff will make is whether or not the client will need to go through a formal detox program.
This decision is of vital performance because how the rehab facility deals with the client’s withdrawal symptoms will set the tone for the rest of the treatment process. What the rehab’s administrative staff already knows through experience is clients are seldom able to deal with therapy while detoxing. They are sick, and they don’t have the capacity to concentrate on the task at hand while feeling ill.
As a point of reference, let’s look at some common withdrawal symptoms associated with heroin addiction:
- Significant breathing difficulties
- A sudden increase in heart rate
- A sudden and dangerous increase in blood pressure
- Inability to controls one’s body movements
- Auditory and visual hallucinations
- Nightmares that affect sleep
- Severe muscle cramping, especially in the abdomen area
- Body convulsions and tremors
There is little doubt that this list of withdrawal symptoms is troubling. Can you now understand why a client might have difficulty concentrating on therapy while going through withdrawal? The question you might have on your mind is, “are detox programs always necessary?
Do You Always Need to Have a Controlled Withdrawal at a Drug Rehab in West Palm Beach?
It’s always difficult to speak in terms of absolutes. When it comes to determining whether or not you will need to participate in a detox program, there is a small gray area. If you are one of the fortunate individuals who decided to get help before your addiction became problematic, it’s possible you could detox on your own. With that said, it still might not be a safe decision for you to make. Here’s the thing. The people who are trying to give you help have a directed goal. They want to make sure you are safe during the entire treatment process.
If you enter a West Palm Beach rehab like ours, we feel responsible for your wellbeing while under our care. In most cases, we are going to lean towards prescribing a detox program for your safety. It’s one of those situations where you want to proceed with the greatest of caution. As you can see from the aforementioned list of withdrawal symptoms, there is danger lurking. We always feel better when we can take a client through a controlled withdrawal process before sending them into therapy. As a client, you should be open to going through a detox program. Under the watchful eye of medical professionals, you will get a chance to clear your withdrawal symptoms and residual cravings with a minimum of discomfort. Once you get past your withdrawal symptoms, you will very likely feel much better about the prospects of recovery.
That’s where you will find the motivation to go through the therapy process with the best intentions. Before you start worrying about the need for a detox program, your first responsibility is worrying about getting help. It’s you that has to admit you have a problem and need help. If you can do that much, we will be here to give the help you need. You can start your recovery with one phone call to 833-846-5669. From the moment you contact us, we will be on board to make sure you get through rehab in the safest way possible.