During the withdrawal process at a detox facility, a team of doctors accesses and monitors patients for underlying health problems. Vitals are also observed for signs of physical distress or medical complications.
First, doctors will begin a tapering off schedule based on the patient’s history and unique medical needs. Over the next several weeks, they are kept in a serene, comfortable environment as the drug works its way out of their system. Patients are also encouraged to work with counselors, therapists, and social workers to address current and unmet psychological needs.
It takes time to find the right medication for people who are recovering from addiction and have a comorbid mental health condition. In a facility, patients have access to a doctor 24/7. There is less of a wait, and less inconvenience when trying to find the right dose or medication for an individual. Also, therapists can tailor-make treatment plans, so patients have maintenance in place for when they begin to live a sober life outside of the facility. Like any other chronic illness, drug addiction can be managed successfully. A person with diabetes does not go in for initial treatment and then never speak to a doctor again once stabilized. They must keep going back to manage their condition. It is the same for drug abuse and addiction. Addiction is a disease, and without ongoing treatment, patients will continue to struggle and suffer.
But, there is help for those who want to get better. If you or someone you know is struggling with the disease of addiction, please get help. Speak to a licensed rehabilitation counselor today and see what resources are available for you or a loved one.