It’s been widely accepted that addiction is a disease, an actual medical illness. In the eyes of the clinical community, the days when addiction was viewed as a moral failing, or lack of will power, are over.
Addiction is a complex diagnosis. During the development of the disease, the addicts’ brain chemistry undergoes changes that compel them to compulsively engage in drug-seeking and using behavior. For the best chance at successfully treating these changes, managed care and treatment by an experienced and qualified medical professional may be the best option.
Withdrawal Can Be Life-Threatening
The drastic changes to the mind and body caused by addiction can cause severe and long-lasting withdrawal symptoms when trying to quit. These symptoms can range from uncomfortable to deadly. In the same way that medical care is needed to manage the symptoms of conditions like heart disease and diabetes, those struggling from severe drug and alcohol withdrawal need monitoring and assistance managing their symptoms.
Drug and alcohol withdrawal symptoms vary depending on things like the type of drugs used and how long they’ve been used. Symptoms often include:
- Severe joint and muscle pain
- Intestinal distress (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, etc.)
- Tremors and shaking
- Severe headache
- Extreme changes in body temperature
Once addiction is diagnosed, quitting “cold turkey” rarely works for the long-term. Even for people whose addiction history is short, the symptoms of detox withdrawal should be medically managed so that they have the best chance to get clean.
Often, getting through withdrawal is the only thing standing in the way of an addict getting clean. Addicts who try to detox by themselves run a higher risk of relapsing because the symptoms can feel so bad. Detox programs offer trained medical professionals who are familiar with the science of addiction who can help manage the symptoms of withdrawal.
Recovery Is Too Important
Making the decision to get help takes courage. Don’t jeopardize your efforts by making the mistake of thinking you can or should detox on your own. This is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Trying to quit and failing can make it just that much harder to try and quit again. A professional detox program can help ensure that you only have to go through withdrawal once, rather than continuing the cycle of relapse.
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