The pain and suffering of your continued substance abuse and possible addiction has finally convinced you that help is needed. This is a pivotal part of the rehabilitation program and should not be taken lightly. It is very difficult for addicts to realize they have a problem and want to fix it. Even if you are not doing so willingly, this could be your last chance to get clean and healthy. No one knows when their last high is going to be their last until it is. Getting sober and healthy is the most important thing addicts can do with their lives, but what is next after witnessing the issue? The first part of addiction rehabilitation is to cleanse the body. Addicts must stop using drugs and get all of the toxins, drugs and negativity out. Detox programs are the best way to get that accomplished. Depending on the drug of choice, amount taken, length of abuse and possible co-occurring disorders will determine what treatment/detox program is the best. Here are some reasons why you should consider a supervised detox program.

Treatment Programs

There are a vast variety of treatment programs available to those ready to turn their lives around. Each program is different from the next, but most run on the basis of a 12-step program. Addicts enter a treatment center and conduct an initial assessment. A professional asks the addict various questions relating to their addiction, health and overall past. The assessment sets the basis for the system of treatment that the facility will conduct for that specific individual. No matter what the addiction is or who the addict is, they must then go through a detox.


The first/second step towards overcoming addiction is the detox process. Before treatment can begin, the addict must be completely free from all drugs/toxins. Most addicts do not enter treatment because they fear the pain and discomfort of detox. The truth is that detox is made to be as comfortable as possible. Unfortunately, drugs can cause serious damage to the body which can make detox uncomfortable. Addicts should be ready for a variety of situations.

What to Expect in Detox

Detox can be a painful experience. Depending on the drugs that were abused and the extent that they were used can make the process incredibly painful and dangers. Medical professionals at the treatment center can prescribe medications to make this more comfortable, but it is best to detox naturally. At the same time many addictions can force a treatment center to administer drugs to ensure the physical safety of the patient. Methadone and Ativan are drugs that can be given to heroin addicts and alcoholics, respectively, to ensure their safety and increase comfort. In these cases the recovering addict is weaned off the drug. This can be scary for the recovering addict, but it is the best way to ensure long lasting sobriety. Most addicts have co-occurring disorders that have caused or prolonged the addiction. In these cases professionals may prescribe various medications to address those problems. Post Acute Withdrawal Symptoms (PAWS) can last for several months and even up to a year. Recovering addicts should understand the problems that can be caused and given techniques to prevent relapse and a proper support staff to help. PAWS symptoms include: clumsiness, impaired memory, vertigo, oversleeping, irritability, mood swings, depression, anxiety, agitation and appetite loss. There is not a single detox method that is utilized by all treatment centers. Detox is catered to address the individual addict. It focuses on the mental, emotional and physical needs of the patient. Before entering a treatment program addicts and their families should discuss all of the factors of treatment. Detox can seem scary, but entering a supervised program can help ease those fears and ensure your health, safety and comfort.