- Written by Marcel Gemme C.C.D.C
Drug Detox in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Whenever drugs are introduced to the body, they leave toxins. If the drug is taken in large quantity and for a long period of time, there will be more toxins building up in the body. When an addict makes the decision to stop using drugs, they will become very sick since their body will start purging the toxins. This period of time is known as withdrawal, which is followed by either mild or severe withdrawal symptoms.
While there are some drug detox centers that believe in a tough, love approach in order to detox, such as if the addict gets sick enough during the withdrawal period they will think twice before they start taking drugs again, most centers have medications that they use to help ease withdrawal symptoms. Since the addict is going to be prone to developing new addictions while they are in the detox center, the staff will try to avoid giving them withdrawal easing medications that have a reputation for becoming addictive. Most of the facilities try to stick to over the counter drugs such as aspirin, which will provide a small measure of relief.
The staff at all of Saskatoon’s detox centers has been well trained in how to help addicts cope with their withdrawal symptoms as the toxins start to be purged. The staff members will also start to provide some counseling, which will be continued when the addict is transferred to rehabilitation.
It is the goal of all of Saskatoon’s drug detoxification programs to do everything they can to purge completely all traces of the drug from the addict's body. The concern is that if all the toxins are not purged that the toxin will trigger cravings that the addict will not be able to ignore despite all the counseling they received while they were in drug rehabilitation.