What Is Alcohol or Drug Detox?
Detoxification is the process of flushing substances from the body and managing any resulting withdrawal symptoms.
Alcohol detox and withdrawal produce a set of physical and mental symptoms that result from alcohol’s departure from the body, commonly referred to as alcohol withdrawal syndrome. The symptoms often vary in severity: they can be confused for a mild cold or they can prove deadly. This unpredictability makes medical involvement and supervision incredibly important.
Drug detox and withdrawal can arise from both illegal drugs and prescription pain killers, and are rather similar to alcohol detoxification but the symptoms and medical solutions will vary based on several factors:
- The drug or drugs taken
- The duration and extent of drug use
- Any family history of addiction
- General health concerns or absence thereof
- The presence of co-occurring mental health disorders (the coexistence of mental health diagnoses and addiction)
Alcohol and drug detox are the first stages to recovery from substance use disorders. Medical professionals and treatment […]
When health care providers demonize people addicted to drugs or alcohol, it just makes the problem worse.
Untreated drug and alcohol use contributes to tens of thousands of deaths every year and affects the lives of many more people. We have effective treatments, including medications for opioid and alcohol use disorders, that could prevent a significant number of these deaths, but they are not being utilized widely enough, and people who could benefit often do not even seek them out. One important reason is the stigma around those with addiction.
Stigma is a problem for people with health conditions ranging from cancer and HIV to a variety of mental illnesses, but it is especially powerful in the context of substance use disorders. Even though medicine long ago reached the consensus that addiction is a complex brain disorder, those with addiction continue to be blamed for their condition. The public, as well as many people working in health care and in […]
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10 Secrets People in Recovery from Addiction Know that Could Help Us All Survive this Global Pandemic
People in recovery can teach us a lot about making it through tough times with strength and dignity. Rams in Recovery and The Well are collaborating to share some recovery wisdom we can borrow as we navigate our new reality.
1. The fight is fixed.
Wait, what? Is it really a central tenet of recovery to just give up and accept that things can’t be changed? Well… yes. Many people recovering from addiction must accept that they cannot control their substance use once they start using. This allows them to move forward with a goal of