There are a number of ideologies related to the treatment of addiction, but there are few arguments against the use of medical stabilization and detox to combat the physiological effects of withdrawal. Not only are these symptoms uncomfortable and painful for patients, but they can also be life-threatening if they are not monitored within a medical setting.
Why detox works
When a person tries to break an addiction by going “cold turkey” in a medically unsupervised environment, they are putting themselves in danger due to symptoms such as heart palpitations, severe nausea and diarrhea, depression, and insomnia. Individuals struggling with these symptoms without medical supervision are at high risk for an immediate relapse or hospitalization from dehydration or heart complications. Alcohol withdrawal is particularly dangerous, because it could lead to heart attack and stroke in long-time users.
What to expect in medical stabilization
In a medical stabilization program for detox, individuals are screened, admitted, and held in a monitored environment with therapies designed to manage the most severe withdrawal symptoms. The hospital stay typically lasts from three to five days, but it is only the first step in the road to recovery.
What are the next steps
Medical stabilization will open the door to a healthy recovery, but it is still necessary to consult a community program to cope with the deeper issues of an addiction. While overcoming the first hurdle of withdrawal symptoms is significant, it is not the only challenge faced in the process of addiction recovery.
At Westside Regional Medical Center, we have partnered with New Vision to provide patients with excellent medical care focused on the first steps of addiction recovery. For more information about this program as well as support groups related to drug and alcohol addiction, visit our hospital in Plantation, FL or give us a call at (954) 473-6600 to reach our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line. You can also click through our website for more information.