Drug detoxification can be an exhausting, painful endeavor, depending on what type of addiction the person has. The weariness, cramps, unclear mind, sleeplessness, and pain are enough to cause many people to think it is just not worth it. Many people suffering from withdrawal symptoms will relapse immediately, just to get some relief. But it is worth it. The negative effects that drugs have on a body and the way they can control and ruin your life should make anyone ready to be done with them for good. If only the process of getting clean from drugs would be easier. But the thing about detox is that it is not only necessary to physically rid the body from drugs; it also helps the person realize what a toll the drugs have on their body and how important it is to be free from them.
Drug detox means purging the body of the substances it has been dependent on. It can be a risky procedure and is best left to professionals to oversee. Sometimes the patient will need medication to get them through the process (especially for life-threatening withdrawals such as from benzodiazepines like valium or Xanax), but after that the best thing to do is wait it out and let the body and mind clear.
There are a few unconventional methods that are being used in order to make the withdrawal process easier. One of these methods is the rapid detox method. Developed by an Israeli doctor, it is offered in limited locations around the world to treat narcotic and benzodiazepine addictions. However, it is considered experimental in the United States, so it isn’t covered by insurance. During this procedure, patients are put under light anesthesia and while they are asleep, their opiate receptors are cleansed by another drug. Using this method, the patient sleeps through much of the detoxification.
There is No Quick Fix
But there are many who are skeptical of this kind of detox. For one, it is still considered experimental and there are serious medical risks to this type of procedure. Also, this “quick fix” approach is often dangerous for the recovery process as a whole, as it makes the patient forget that getting sober is a sometimes difficult, sometimes lifelong journey.
With all the ways to purge the body of addicting substances, detoxification is not the end of treatment for a drug addict. Once the brain is not so impaired, the person needs to enter treatment in order to keep from turning back to drugs. The physical addiction might be gone, but the psychological issues are still all there and must be dealt with. Proper counseling and therapy are needed to keep a person on the road to being sober.