How Do I Know If My Loved One Needs Detox?

The first stage of treatment for many people is detox. Knowing if you need detox or not is a matter of condition medically, psychologically, and whether or not you feel you can stay sober through the withdrawals.

Medical Signs For Detox

Withdrawing from drugs and alcohol can be severe it turns into a life threatening situation. Some drugs have extreme side effects like seizures or can result in heart failure. If your body is not handling the withdrawal well, medical detox will be the safest option. 24/7 nursing staff are on hand to assess any medical emergency, provide treatment, and make the appropriate phone calls. These are some of the medical signs which indicate you will need detox:

  • High fever
  • Shaking, sweating, or shivering
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Changes in excrement (severe constipation or severe diarrhea, inability to produce urine or excess of urine)
  • Seizure
  • Elevated or low blood pressure and heart rate

Psychological Signs For Detox

Withdrawing from drugs and alcohol is a psychological process as much as it is a physical process. The brain is completely chemically dependent upon drugs and alcohol, meaning all of the areas in the brain which regulate emotion are compromised and experiencing withdrawal as well. Emotions can range and spike from one end of extreme to the other. If there are high levels of aggression and violence, a clinical medical detox is strongly advised. Deep depression and anxiety can trigger cravings for relapse. Without professionally trained staff, it is difficult to cope with strong psychological cravings alone. Other psychological signs for detox include hallucinations and disturbances physically, auditory, and visually. In extreme cases, withdrawing from drugs and alcohol can inspire suicidal thoughts as well as attempts. If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Hotline at Call 1-800-273-8255.

Important Sign For Detox: Staying Sober

There are many addicts and alcoholics who try to detox themselves and work an independent program of recovery without going to treatment. Once the symptoms of withdrawal fully develop, they are unable to make it through the detox process without relapsing. There are medications which help reduce the severity of cravings in order to make it through detox. If you or your loved one do not feel like you can make it through the withdrawal phase without relapsing, you need to consider medical detox.

Oceanfront Recovery is a men’s treatment program offering full residential detox with medically assisted treatment. Detox is the hardest part. We want to make sure you make it through safely and successfully before transitioning into other levels of care. For information, call us today: 877.279.1777