Bayside Marin is a premier rehabilitation center dedicated to the treatment of drug addiction in California. Bayside Marin blends evidence-based treatments with alternative, holistic modalities to comprehensively treat all aspects of our client’s life.
Importance of Detox
The importance of detox for drug addiction
When a person has developed an addiction to drugs or alcohol, it can rapidly consume all aspects of his or her life. Using one’s substance of choice can quickly become a person’s top priority, leaving all other facets of life to fall to the wayside. Relationships can become strained, marriages can crumble, and careers can be placed in jeopardy as individuals no longer put the time and energy into anything other than acquiring, consuming, and recovering from drugs or alcohol.
As the consumption of drugs and/or alcohol continues, a person’s body becomes accustomed to the presence of the substance in his or her system, therefore requiring him or her to ingest more and more of the substance in order to achieve the desired effects. This is known as tolerance. With some substances, this tolerance then turns into physical dependence as an individual’s body becomes incapable of functioning without the presence of the substance. Once this has occurred, if an individual attempts to stop using that substance, his or her body will react negatively and can go into a state of withdrawal.
Withdrawal symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable, and, tragically, sometimes even fatal. The particular type of substance that is being abused, the length of time that that abuse has been occurring, and the frequency with which the substance is ingested can all impact the type and severity of these withdrawal symptoms. However, if a withdrawal period has begun, a person can resume consumption of their drug of choice and those distressing symptoms will subside. This fact is one reason why the cycle of substance abuse is so difficult to break.
In order to prevent this cycle from continuing, it is imperative that individuals receive comprehensive treatment from a respected detox program that allows them to break free from the grips of their addictions.
Benefits of Detox
Benefits of drug detox at Bayside Marin in California
One of the most beneficial ways to begin the process of recovering from an addiction is to undergo detoxification, or detox for short. Detox is the process of physiologically removing drugs or alcohol from a person’s system while alleviating the symptoms of withdrawal and preventing powerful cravings from arising. The advantages to receiving detox are vast and include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Individuals are placed in an environment where they do not have access to their substances of choice, forcing them to refrain from using.
- Individuals enter a safe setting where they will be monitored by professionals who are trained in helping to make the process as comfortable as possible.
- Individuals will have any and all toxic substances removed from their systems.
- Individuals may be given medications that are designed specifically to alleviate any discomfort that typically arises during the period of withdrawal.
- The devastating effects that substances can have on one’s physical health can be decreased or prevented altogether.
- Individuals are offered ongoing and compassionate support as they work through their desires to continue using.
Once a detox program has ended, individuals then have the clarity of mind necessary for fully engaging in therapeutic interventions that are designed to help them overcome their compulsions to use and prevent future relapse.
When individuals are addicted to drugs or alcohol and opt to not receive professionally or medically monitored detox services at a treatment center, they are placing themselves at risk for experiencing any number of detriments. The ongoing use of substances can cause significant damage on a person’s physical and mental health, much of which can be irreversible. Furthermore, the longer that a person continues to consume drugs or alcohol, the greater the risk becomes that he or she will experience an overdose. Overdosing can wreak havoc on a person’s health, and, in some cases, can result in death.
The negative consequences of remaining in the cycle of substance abuse can be far-reaching and long-lasting. And while overcoming an addiction can seem like an insurmountable challenge, it is possible. At Bayside Marin’s treatment & detox center, we recognize how difficult it is to battle an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol and we understand how intimidating the process can seem. For these reasons, we have devised specialized programming that is designed to help eliminate the intimidation and instead instill hope in those who choose to heal with us. At Bayside Marin, individuals can achieve the brighter tomorrow that they deserve.