Are You Aware What Will Happen During Detoxification from Alcohol or Drug?

People, who get addicted to either alcohol or drugs, need to get detoxed, as first step for their treatment for addiction. The underlying purpose of detox usually is to tackle physical side of addiction, so that patients will be prepared for addressing their psychological features of addiction.

Addiction treatment center at detox Vallejo CA has excellent facility for the treatment and rehabilitation of people addicted to various drugs or alcohol. 

Let us try to know what will actually happen during the detoxification process. During initial stage of detoxification, patient will react very intensely and hence all the medical staff and psychiatrists will be present near the patient.

During initial period of detox few of the following physical withdrawal symptoms will be noticed:

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive yawning
  • Headaches
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased heart beat
  • Increased watering of eyes
  • Muscle aches
  • Nausea
  • Runny nose
  • Sweating
  • Unpleasant dreams

Also, few psychological withdrawal symptoms will be noticed:

  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Delirium
  • Depression
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Hallucination
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Insomnia 
  • Irritability
  • Paranoia
  • Seizures

All above are not life threatening, but next reactions can usually be quite intense when all medical attendants and doctors must be present near the patient.

1. Violence

Patient can get violent and also attack people around him. So, enough people must surround him to overpower him.

2. Symptoms of psychosis

Patient may see imaginary things and start reacting and at this stage psychiatric therapy will be needed.

3. Injury

Quite often due to violent reaction the patient may also hurt themselves or display even suicidal tendency.

4. Medical illness

Patient may suffer from extreme pain and will need medication. Doctors need to be very careful while prescribing pain killer particularly if the patient has a history of opioid addiction. 

5. Threat to self

Patient will be under extremely depressed mood and will not hesitate to harm themselves. 

Elaine Allen
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