Although addiction is classified as a mental health disorder, there’s no questioning whether it also has physical implications. Drugs and alcohol wreak havoc on the body, from interfering with the chemicals your brain produces, to weakening your heart and blood flow, to increasing your risk of multiple diseases. Using these substances continuously over time causes your body to grow accustomed to functioning with them in your system, and will eventually leave you unable to get through the day while sober. The symptoms you experience as a result are called withdrawal.
Withdrawal is almost always uncomfortable, and in many cases the symptoms are dangerous. But if you want to get clean and sober, you’ll have to get through withdrawal symptoms before you can start the long-term recovery process. Getting through withdrawal is known as detoxification or detox, and it’s nearly everyone’s first step in rehabilitation.
It’s not a good idea to try to detox on your own — not only will you be putting your health at risk as you begin to experience withdrawal symptoms, but the likelihood of relapse is very high. If you are committed to getting your recovery started on the right foot, a medical detox program like the one we offer in Austin, Texas is the best way to ensure your safety and success.
Why Medical Detox is Important
Depending on the drugs that people abuse, they can suffer from a variety of withdrawal symptoms. Some of the most common are flu-like symptoms that include:
- Sensitivity to light or touch
- Muscle and body aches
You may also experience psychological symptoms that make the physical symptoms worse. These can include:
- Mood swings
Depending on the substance(s) you are addicted to, how long you have been actively addicted and your overall health in general, your symptoms will range in severity. Intense alcohol withdrawal, for example, can include a condition known as delirium tremens, in which individuals can experience hallucinations, coma, and, in extreme cases, death. Opioid addiction is also known for severe withdrawal symptoms that require close medical attention. It can be impossible for you to predict how serious your withdrawal symptoms will be until you are in the midst of them, which is a dangerous situation. For this reason, it’s critical for you to seek a quality men’s detox program when you decide to stop using drugs or alcohol. In medical detox, medical professionals will provide a thorough health examination and create a specialized care plan to keep you safe and cared for as you get through this critical first step.
The Last Resort Recovery offers a men’s medical detox program in Austin, Texas. We are fully equipped to assist in your detox, no matter what substances you are dealing with. We want to hear from you — don’t try to go it alone. Please reach out to us to get started.
What Happens During Medical Detox
When you take drugs or alcohol, the chemicals they contain are added to your bloodstream, where they make their way to your brain and set off a variety of mental and physical responses. With continued use, your body grows used to the types of responses that are artificially produced by these substances. Natural reactions and body functions stop feeling normal because your body believes that it needs drugs or alcohol for everyday functioning.
During the detox process, all the toxic chemicals in drugs and alcohol are filtered out of the body. If you quit “cold turkey” on your own, the body’s equilibrium shifts and results in more intense withdrawal symptoms. But with a medical detox, nurses and doctors can relieve many of the uncomfortable symptoms that this causes.
Medical detox may include medications that relieve nausea or vomiting to avoid dehydration and malnutrition, or therapeutic intervention to stabilize mental health. Some forms of medical detox, known as medication-assisted treatment or MAT, use specialized medications that mimic the effects of drugs or alcohol to help wean your body slowly off of more dangerous substances. At The Last Resort Recovery, we offer all of this and more under the care of expert medical professionals. We will help you get through withdrawal so you can restore your strength and start the rest of your recovery with a clean slate and a clean bill of health.
Who is Medical Detox For?
The majority of men who are seeking treatment for addiction will need to begin their recovery with a detox program. Detox is appropriate for anyone who is currently using drugs or alcohol on a regular basis and who experiences withdrawal symptoms during periods of sobriety. Detox may also be necessary for men who have recently relapsed, depending on the severity of the situation and the types of substances involved.
At The Last Resort in Austin, Texas, our medical detox program is available for men over the age of 18 who are living with an active addiction to drugs or alcohol. Our highly experienced and credentialed team includes nurses and physicians who are trained in detox care and are prepared to handle any concerns that may arise.
Medical Detox Treatment for Men at The Last Resort Recovery Center
The Last Resort provides high-quality medical detox for men in Austin, Texas. We are equipped to provide treatment for men who are dealing with an active addiction to a wide range of substances, including:
Please contact us to learn more about the types of addiction we treat and we will be sure to connect you with the appropriate resources.
The men in our detox program spend between five and seven days under medical supervision, depending on the severity of the addiction, the type of addiction and how quickly the body responds to treatment. During this time, our nursing staff provides 24/7 care and is always available in case of emergencies. Our staff carefully monitors each patient’s progress and ensures that any medications are properly managed.
Once detox is complete, the men in our detox program can transition seamlessly into our full-time, 45- to a 90-day rehabilitation program. Detox care is provided on-site which eliminates any lag between these two stages of recovery. It also ensures that your treatment is consistent as you move through the different parts of your recovery process, which will improve your long-term outcomes and give you a stronger foundation for a lifetime of sobriety.
Men’s Addiction Recovery in Austin, Texas
In addition to our men’s medical detox programs, we offer a variety of men’s addiction treatment programs. Our treatments are designed for determined, dynamic men who are ready to take back control of their health and explore life substance free. We combine traditional 12 step methods with engaging, evidence-based therapies like equine therapy and our Brave Heart Experience.
Learn more about our programs in Austin, Texas today — contact us and enroll in our detox treatment for men. Our staff is ready to help you get started and to make sure our programs are the right fit for you. Begin rehabilitation from drugs and alcohol addiction at a medical detox program that will give you a head start on your road to recovery: call us at (512)750-6750.