At our detox in Melbourne we know most people who struggle with substance abuse are already all to familiar with the effects of withdrawal. They get a glimpse of theses effects when they have run out of money, or are between uses. They already recognize, that they don't like how they feel when they drug begins to wear off, and lessen in the blood stream. They get uncomfortable, and distressed thus they reluctantly use again so these symptoms are alleviated. Withdrawal symptoms can occur quite quickly after the person’s last use, and can cause them to shake, feel nauseous, achy and flu like, their only recourse to get relief, is to use again. Often leaving them feeling hopeless and demoralized. This vicious cycle defeats a person’s will to quit, and they are left with being completely consumed and overwhelmed by a substance they no longer find any joy or peace in taking, they are trapped.
Coming to to a medically supervised program, like our Detox facility in Melbourne, is the first step in ending this personal suffering and turmoil.
What is Detox for Substance Abuse?
Society would still have us believe that there is shame and guilt associated with having a substance abuse disorder and as a result some people may choose to try to detox on their own rather than have anyone know. Their attempts to try at home are largely unsuccessful and can be dangerous. Many drugs have severe, and potentially deadly outcomes when one tries to quit on their own. Physical side effects can occur, as can psychological or mental. People trying to quit a substance they have been abusing, can experience severe depression, anxiety, and even suicidal ideologies. Entering into a facility like our detox in Melbourne is key to addressing the physical pain and suffering that withdrawal inflicts, and to prevent any medical or emotional emergencies that arise from attempting detox on your own. Detox symptoms vary from user to user, and can be less intense, or more uncomfortable depending on a number of factors.
What Affects the Detox Process?
The substance being abused, the amount of that substance that is being taken, how long has the individual been abusing the substance, how often in the substance being used, and by what means is the substance being consumed all play into the experience an individual may have during the withdrawal process.
Each addictive substance has its own detox characteristics, for instance Benzodiazepines such as Xanax, Ativan and Valium can cause panic attacks, seizures, anxiety, sweating, heart palpitations, tremors, sleepiness/lethargy, and sleep problems, when someone discontinues its use. Muscle aches and pains, sweating, mood swings, diarrhea, vomiting, sleep problems, agitation/rage, are all symptoms that can be associated with opioid withdrawal.
Withdrawal Symptoms from stimulants like Cocaine, methamphetamine, and crack,
can include severe depression, cardiovascular issues, tremors, anxiety, and sleeplessness.
At our detox in Melbourne we seek to care for you, as a “whole” person, looking at the larger picture of your needs, so that this experience can be best managed and controlled. We take every opportunity to provide you with care that manages, and alleviates your suffering. Getting you up and moving can also be very beneficial, exercise helps to release endorphins, and stimulates the pleasure center of the brain, so that you can begin to feel good in your body again. Here in at our detox in Melbourne it is our goal to utilize the treatments that have proven to be effective time and again, so that your detox experience a safe and effective one.
Individuals who seek treatment after detox are more likely to stay clean and sober than those who do not. It is because of this that we highly encourage you to seek out inpatient treatment with us in Melbourne. We feel it will provide you with the time needed to begin to feel well again. Once you are physically better we will help you to learn new strategies and skills in which to deal with your triggers and underlying trauma. It can take a long time to trade an old habit for a new one, and time in inpatient care gives you a foundation for moving forward with recovery. Long term strategies will be shared and learned so that you have an entire tool box at your disposal one you leave treatment, and return to your family and community.
Detox is a critical first step in ending your struggle with addiction. It takes commitment and bravery to fight this disease, and we are here with you every step of the way.