have used an illicit drug in the past month
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, nearly 10% of Americans have used an illicit drug in the past month. That figure doesn’t include problem use of legal drugs. This means addiction to drugs has reached epidemic proportions. Addicts don’t use drugs because they want to. They do so because the disease of addiction convinces them they have to. Once a person becomes an addict, their body violently fights the removal of the drug. This process, known as withdrawal, can be painful and even dangerous. Our medical detox facilities help you manage the stress and pain of withdrawal in a safe environment that can get you on the road to recovery. Our West Palm Beach medical detox facility offers cutting edge brain restoration that makes the process of detox safer and easier. Here’s what you need to know about the process of medical detox.
Detox is the process during which your body transitions from a chemical dependence on drugs or alcohol to less dependence. Dependence is a hallmark of addiction because, with dependence, your body becomes convinced that it needs alcohol or drugs to function. So when you withdraw the drug on which your body has grown dependent, the body reacts as if it’s starving to death. Your brain views drugs and alcohol as even more important than food.
Symptoms of detox vary from drug to drug and person to person. People who are in poor health, older, who are addicted to multiple drugs, or who have been addicted for longer periods of time tend to have more serious side effects during detox. Some characteristics of detox, which is also called withdrawal, include:
A generation or two ago, addiction was widely viewed as a moral failing. Addict were bad people who lacked self-control. Or they didn’t care about their actions, so turned to drugs and alcohol. Science now tells us otherwise. Science is a brain disease in at least two ways.
First, people with an addiction have brain chemistry differences that make them more vulnerable to addiction. They become addicted more quickly, and remain more intensely addicted than other people. Second, addiction itself changes the brain such that it is very difficult to quit using. In this way, addiction is a self-sustaining health problem because once a person becomes an addict, the brain, body, and the drug of choice conspire to keep them an addict.
Medical detox treats addiction like the brain disease it is, supporting addicts to find sobriety, peace, better health, and a better life.
Medical detox helps the body remain healthy as it navigates the detox process. For people at risk of developing serious health symptoms, medical detox can be lifesaving. Even for people in reasonably good health, however, medical detox makes the process easier.
So what happens during medical detox? You’ll be carefully monitored by a medical team who will promptly respond to medical needs such as dehydration, pain, or electrolyte imbalances. They’ll also be able to reassure you that your symptoms are a normal part of the addiction detox process—not a sign that you won’t be able to successfully recover.
Until recently, one of the biggest challenges of addiction medicine is that there was no treatment for the underlying brain disease of addiction. This left people to rely solely on willpower to navigate the pain of detox and recovery. It’s no wonder so many addicts gave up, and that so many more relapsed.
We offer a revolutionary brain restoration medical detox program that fights the brain disease of addiction can which can restore you to sound health. The secret is our nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) intravenous (IV) drip. NAD is a coenzyme that plays a vital role in every cell in the body. This means it can protect the health of your cells—and therefore your body—as you go through the challenges of detox.
That’s not all, though. NAD levels are often low in people who become addicts. The process of addiction further diminishes NAD levels, potentially intensifying the process of detox and the severity of addiction. By restoring NAD, we help restore your brain to its natural, healthy state. Not only does this make detox easier. It also supports long-term recovery.
NAD further plays a role in neurotransmitters, the brain chemicals that allow the brain to send nerve signals. When neurotransmitters are low, a cascade of mental and cognitive health problems can occur. By restoring NAD levels, we help restore neurotransmitters. This may improve overall mental health, and reduce the risk of developing anxiety and depression during detox.
We know the thought of getting sober can feel overwhelming. We take the uncertainty out of the process. If you’re ready to walk the path to sobriety, we’re ready to stand with you. Call us today so we can get started on your journey to lasting sobriety and peace!