Most people with drug or alcohol addictions think that when they are ready to get clean that they can go it alone. They disregard the opportunity to go through medical detox centers in Knoxville and choose instead to try to detox on their own. However, what they do not realize is that without medical detox they may be putting both their recovery and their health in danger. Medical detox is perhaps the best way to get clean and begin the addiction recovery process.
During this process, the person who is addicted to drugs or alcohol stops consuming the substance that they are addicted to and goes through the process of dealing with their body and mind's reactions to not being able to consume the drug or alcohol anymore. These reactions are known as withdrawals. As such, medical detox works to get the addictive substance out of the person's system and treat the withdrawal symptoms they will experience. To discuss your options for addiction treatment, call Alcohol Treatment Center Knoxville at (865) 329-7145.
Detox is designed to break a person's physical addiction to drugs or alcohol. To understand how detox works, you need to know how the physical addiction to drugs or alcohol works. When a person consumes drugs or alcohol, those substances affect the brain and nervous system. They do so by stimulating some actions and suppressing others. With frequent abuse of the drug or alcohol, a person's brain and nervous system begin to think that having the substance in the body to send those signals is the normal way it should operate and stops performing those actions on their own. When this happens a person has developed a chemical dependence which is also known as a physical addiction.
As such, medical detox centers in Knoxville work to break this addiction by severing the connection between the brain and the addicted substance (denying the body the addicted substance). In medical detox, this process is eased by the use of prescription medications strategically administered at important moments in the detox process.
In medical detox centers in Knoxville, prescription drugs are sometimes used during the detox process. These drugs allow for a person to gradually (slowly) detox by giving the body just enough of a substance that mimics the signals that are sent by the addicted substance to encourage the brain and nervous system to perform those tasks in spite of not having the drug in the body.
This slower, gradual detox is far preferable to an abrupt form of detox. When a person abruptly stops consuming an addicted substance, they send their body into a shocked state where the brain and nervous system essentially go haywire fighting to figure out what happened and rebalance the chemistry in the body. This shock can have serious health consequences and makes withdrawals more difficult to deal with.
Home detox is almost always abrupt. Thus a person can experience severe withdrawals that require medical attention, but without being near a medical facility. Or, the withdrawals can be so intense that they relapse before finishing the detox process which not only defeats the purpose of detox, but can make the next attempt more difficult and dangerous.
Detox only addresses one side of a person's addiction to drugs or alcohol, the physical side. However, a person also has a mental addiction to the substance that needs to be addressed in treatments such as individual therapy, group therapy, and family therapy. Thus, if a person only goes through detox and does not receive treatment for their mental addiction to drugs or alcohol, they will still be addicted and will more than likely relapse in a short period of time after detox as a result.
Alcohol Treatment Centers Knoxville is ready to help you find a center for addiction treatment. All that you need to do now is pick up the phone and call Alcohol Treatment Centers Knoxville at (865) 329-7145.