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Detoxification is usually the first step that must happen when trying to get off drugs. Detoxification means “acute withdrawal”. These symptoms can last for up to seven days depending on what it is the patient is detoxing from. There really is no easy way; the promise of a painless detoxification is not going to happen.|
To realize how this process feels, let’s imagine the worst flu you’ve ever had in your life. You know, the chills, sweats, stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, and having all these ailments lasting for at least seven days. This is a good description of what happens when detoxing from illicit drugs. Wouldn’t you want some kind of relief? It is human nature to want a solution and usually we want that solution immediately.
It is understandable that some people think that they can go to a detox facility for six to eight hours and come out better, but this not true. In the beginning there should be medication to help in the detoxification process. When coming off of alcohol there should be a small dose of librium or valium; this can stop the delirium tremors from coming on. Heroin is extremely hard to kick; many addicts try to get methadone. There are methadone clinics located in most inner cities. After about 72 hours of monitored rest a heroin addict is usually feeling better. With heroin the detoxification process is harder because the patient can not eat or sleep for a few days depending on how long the addict has been using the drug. This is because the drug builds up a tolerance level and it takes longer to kick the habit.
If detoxification is what you need and not a maintenance program, then the route to take is to get help through a detoxification facility and into an inpatient program. Become a part of the recovery process in order to stay clean and regain you life back. It is possible to recover from addiction but you have to want to quit more than you want get high.
Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Weekly. Research Calls Rapid Opioid Detox Unsafe. August 29, 2005 v17 i33 p1 (3). http://infotrackcollege.com
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