Quitting an addiction isn't simply about having it dawn on the addict one day that they want a healthier and more sensible life. If it were as simple, addiction wouldn't be the worldwide epidemic that it is. At our center for drug withdrawal treatment in The Woodlands, we tell our clients that fighting an addiction is the hardest thing that they are likely to do in their lives or contemplate doing.
Not only does it take years of effort to free oneself from addiction, it takes determination and motivation to take a stand against one's own uncooperative mind, as well. The painful effects of the drug withdrawal syndrome make it harder. The best chance of success comes with choosing professional drug withdrawal treatment.
Drugs alter the way the brain functions in order to produce pleasure. With repeated interference of this kind, the brain begins to lose the ability to function correctly on its own. It begins to rely on the presence of drugs to even perform in its basic, everyday role. When for basic physical functions, the brain becomes dependent on external factors, the user is known to have become physically addicted to them.
Physical dependence is a major challenge when it is time for the addict to make up his mind to quit. Quitting forces the brain to function in a way that it cannot. In the time that it takes for the brain to regain its abilities, it can go through some very serious effects. From insomnia and extreme mood disorders to seizures and cardiac arrest, the addict needs to be prepared for anything. With certain kinds of drugs, alcohol and benzodiazepines in particular, 5% of those who attempt to quit without medical supervision don't live to tell the tale. It's important to have medical supervision on hand at all times.
Drug withdrawal treatment or medical detox is medically supervised treatment for the symptoms of withdrawal. The process typically takes at least two weeks. For addictions to drugs such as benzodiazepines, the process can last longer than a month.
In treatment, medical and psychiatric professionals investigate each patient individually to determine the depth of the addiction to treat, the specific mental disorders that may run alongside of addiction, the presence of cognitive distortions such as a negative patterns of thought for excessive guilt, and the existence of health disorders such as diabetes, cirrhosis or cardiac malfunction. Once the team treating the patient has an adequately detailed picture of the patient's health condition, they embark on a treatment course.
Inpatient rehab in The Woodlands, treatment consists of addiction professionals administering medications to help alleviate or suppress dangerous or uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal, and easing the patient's way out of addiction. Therapists work with the patient many hours each day to help keep the patient's levels of motivation up, and to elicit continued cooperation for treatment.
The medical detox system described above is the way we go about drug withdrawal treatment in The Woodlands, at our drug and alcohol rehab. It is the scientific approach to treating addiction. Our center offers personalized treatment programs in The Woodlands for each patient.
With government oversight being lax in the area of drug and alcohol withdrawal treatment, most centers do not offer patients everything that one would expect from care that was scientifically up-to-date. It's important to learn about addiction, research your options, speak to the patients of other families and only sign up when you are sure.
To learn more about our drug withdrawal treatment in The Woodlands, our experts are able to offer the advice and counseling guidance that patients and their families need to make the right decision. If you need help, feel free to call us at (713) 292-1193.