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Addiction is a serious and debilitating disease, and it is imperative to get treatment for yourself or a loved one as soon as possible. The biggest hurdle for many people who are addicted will be the initial phase which typically consists of detoxifying from the substance. The most common substances used to get high include alcohol, heroin, stimulants, prescription drugs, cannabis, and even “over the counter” medications. Over the course of time and with continued use and quantity, a person’s chemistry balance will build up a tolerance to the substance that will require a person to need to use more and more to get the same effect. Getting help as soon as possible at a medically assisted detox center will offer medical and therapeutic support to safely detox from alcohol or drugs.
Why a Medical Detox is Crucial
There are specific substances that can be life threatening to detox from if not done in a safe, medical assisted detox program. After increased use and tolerance develops, it has been shown that trying to quit drinking alcohol cold turkey can lead to seizures and even death. This is very similar with the prescription drug class of benzodiazepines, commonly known by the names of Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, Ativan, and Librium. The generic benzodiazepines that end in “pam” are most often a benzodiazepine. This is why if you or your family member is not properly assessed by a qualified counselor or medical doctor, do not stop cold turkey. Many times, those who are not aware of the medical risks experience serious seizures which can lead to death.
Receiving Help at a Medically Assisted Detox
Seeking the best medical detox is key to receiving the customized care for your specific condition and usage history. There are a variety of programs in locations across the United States and Internationally that specialize in different types of medical detox. The alcohol or drug medical detox should always include a licensed medical staff member, therapist, and support staff to ensure the safety and comfort of the client at all times.
The Addiction Helplines Team is standing by to guide you through the process and give you the confidence and comfort needed to take the next step of getting help. Making the first call is highly commendable, and you should be proud of yourself for acknowledging that it is time to make the change and receive the gift of treatment for a good life. Call a Treatment Specialist at (877) 228-3270 for a free confidential assessment and insurance verification.