In most cases of addition, especially drug addiction, an individual gets physically dependent on a certain substance. The dependency is intense that without the drug the person might be in severe pain or dysfunctional. The reason is that the drug has by now affected the chemical balance in the brain allowing the person’s system to crave for the certain drug in order to attain sense of balance. Much worse is that the body later on tolerates the substance that enters the system, thus, resulting to a higher quantity requirement the next time the drug is taken to attain the desired result.
From its very description, addiction is the condition of being enslaved to a practice, such narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma. This distress can differ in intensity from intense cravings to life threatening illness (depending on the drug), making it virtually impossible for an addict to stop without assistance. Because mainly withdrawal symptoms can be relieved instantly upon consumption of the drug that the body is withdrawing from, the craving to use that drug is very high during this stage, often resulting in defeat of the healing before it can even begin.
To treat addiction, it always starts with the recognition of it. The treatment process can then be carried on. Curing substance dependence means eliminating the dependency on the drug. This would indicate that the person had to stop taking the drug. However, reducing the body of an addict from taking in the drug would lead to withdrawal symptoms. It is never easy to deal with these symptoms. However, symptoms will always depend on the type of substance being used. Moreover, to ease the pain of the withdrawal symptoms, detoxification should be done.
The process of detoxification is the cleansing of the toxins in our body. In the case of drug addiction, it is the elimination of the drug residues from the body and controlling the symptoms of withdrawal. The detoxification process is only the first step to recovery. Taking away the toxins that have been controlling the body system of the patient should be done first before any behavioral based theraphy which would cure the causal factors of addiction.
Drug detoxification can be referred to as the stage of withdrawal during which the person’s body eventually returns to homeostasis after long-term use of an addictive substance. Depending on the addiction, the process will vary.
Detoxification can be done on both inpatient and outpatient basis. Inpatient detoxification allows a close monitoring on the patient. With these, the contact to the substance of abuse could be avoided. On the other hand, outpatient detoxification allows greater social support. Compared with inpatients, patients in outpatient treatment keep hold of greater freedom, continue with their day-to-day activities with lesser disruptions. However, with outpatient treatment, there is an increased risk of no improvement because the patient is more likely to be exposed with the substance of abuse.
This drug detoxification process seeks to lessen the severity of the trauma associated with the body’s withdrawal from dependence on a particular drug by medically alleviating and monitoring the intense physical symptoms associated with stopping drug use. When the drug is cleared from the system and the pain and discomfort associated with stopping its use have been alleviated, the other factors contributing to the addiction, such as the emotional and psychological issues, can be addressed.
Substance dependence is always a serious problem for everybody. More than intensive treatment, self-determination is also a requirement. The curing process is to be deal very hard everyday.