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What Is Drug & Alcohol Detox?

Detox is detoxification of the internal system of the body. This is usually resorted to when a patient undergoing treatment in a rehabilitation center. The internal systems of the patient have been subjected to severe maltreatment by the drugs used by the patient, and it is possible there may be lots of harmful ingredients produced in the system. The main purpose of detoxification is to reduce the effects of withdrawal that will start showing when the medication given starts functioning. Withdrawal symptoms are dangerous both physically and psychologically. The detox treatment is usually given in a hospital, where the patient is treated as an inpatient. Medication under qualified personnel and constant monitoring are done to reduce symptoms of withdrawal.

The medication depends on the drug for which the patient is receiving treatment and also the effect it has produced. As an example, alcoholics might get medication for anti anxiety, BP, palpitations, seizures, etc. These medications are also helpful in preventing any seizures come in when the detoxification is being done. Some of these medications are also useful in helping the patients to get cured on a long-term basis. It sounds strange that some narcotics are treated with fewer potent narcotics. Apart from physical attention, psychological problems have also to be attended to. This has two aspects for those with fewer severe addiction problems the treatment can be given as an outpatient, with mild medication and psychiatric help. For more severe cases, admission into the hospital and treatment as an inpatient becomes necessary.

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Psychological help can be gotten from rehabilitation centers, either as an inpatient or outpatient, depending on the level of addiction. More than anything else when a person goes home after a period of rehabilitation, he should find the atmosphere prevalent very welcome and supportive. This will help in stabilizing the treatment and making the curing process permanent.


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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people.

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