When we speak about addiction, there are two sides to the disease: the physical part and the psychological part. The first part is the physical, when an addict decides to seek help and treatment for their disease of addiction he or she may need to enter a medical drug detox center. When the addict is addicted to drugs or alcohol the body develops a physical dependence to the substance. This physical dependence could be so severe that quitting cold turkey at home could pose health risks and eventually lead to relapse due to powerful withdrawal symptoms.  When the individual begins detox treatment they may begin to experience powerful withdrawal symptoms depending on their drug use history. The purpose of detoxing in a facility is to ensure that the addicts detox progress is smooth and doesn’t endangering the addict’s life. Heroin detox, alcohol detox, and benzo detox is highly recommended in a medical detox center. Also detoxing under care of trained medical staff means the clients symptoms can be treated with medications in order to ease some of the severity of withdrawal.

Heroin Detox

Heroin is an opiate that suppresses some of the function of the central nervous system, like heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration. Heroin binds to the opioid receptors, increasing the chemicals released to the brain that are responsible for feelings of pleasure. When heroin is taken in large amounts, a rush of pleasure is released in the brain. After using heroin regularly, the body will form a physical dependence on the drug. When the person using heroin decides to stop, the opposite effect of pleasure will happen. Heroin Detox symptoms could include nausea, vomiting, anxiety, insomnia, diarrhea, depression, agitation, fatigue, chills, sweats and drug craving. These symptoms vary from user to user but can start within 6 hours of the last dose of heroin. Medical detox may use medications and therapy to help the body and brain recover from heroin’s effects. Blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, and temperature levels are all monitored to help keep individuals safe and secure throughout the entire process.

Alcohol Detox

Withdrawal symptoms from alcohol can begin within 2 hours after the last drink. Symptoms can range from shaky hands, sweating, nausea, vomiting, headaches, anxiety and also insomnia. Serious complications like seizures and delirium tremens are also a possibility for heavy drinkers. Because alcohol withdrawal symptoms can rapidly worsen, it is important to seek medical alcohol detox attention even if symptoms are seemingly mild. Appropriate alcohol withdrawal treatments can reduce the risk of developing withdrawal seizures or DTs. If you have a history of seizures it is important to seek medical alcohol detox.

Benzodiazepine Detox

Often referred to as Benzo withdrawal, is characterized by sleep disturbance, irritability, increased tension, anxiety, panic attacks, hand tremors, sweating, memory problems, and even seizures. The seizures add to the dangers of the life- threatening withdrawal symptoms from Benzodiazepines. Onset of symptoms from long half-life benzodiazepines might be delayed for up to three weeks, although withdrawal symptoms from short-acting ones often present early, usually within 24–48 hours. It is important to seek benzo Detox if you’re experiencing benzo withdrawal symptoms


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