How to Detox from Drugs?

Last Updated on November 20, 2023
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Writer: Adam Zagha
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Have you ever considered the transformative impact of overcoming drug addiction? The body often becomes addicted to "feel-good" substances, making the decision to quit quite daunting. Detoxing from drugs and effectively handling the withdrawal symptoms that follow is a significant undertaking, and unfortunately, some people may never live to see sobriety.

We understand this, and we know this battle can feel too overwhelming. At NUMA Recovery Centers, we turn these challenges into triumphs. Contact us, as we are committed to providing guidance and support throughout every stage of your detox and the journey towards recovery. Continue reading to learn more about how to detox from drugs.

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Quick Points

  • Medical detox provides comprehensive care, addressing both physical and psychological aspects of addiction.

  • The drug detox process is crucial in effectively managing drug withdrawal symptoms.

  • Understanding your addiction is essential for a successful detox.

  • NUMA Recovery Centers offer specialized support. We will guide you through every step of your detox journey.

Detox From Drugs Guide

The main objective of detox is to safely manage the acute physical symptoms of withdrawal associated with cessation of drug use. Experiencing difficulties during the absence of a habitual substance is a natural response, indicating your body's need to go through an adjustment period.

For people wanting to take the first step toward recovering from their addiction, we recommend medical detox. The specific methodology used varies based on the substance of abuse and it often includes the administration of medications designed to ease withdrawal symptoms and curb cravings.

This approach ensures that both the physical and mental health aspects are addressed in your substance abuse, which lays a stronger foundation for your recovery.

You need to understand your drug addiction first and its impact on both your body and mind for the treatment to be effective. Though challenging, choosing this path is immensely rewarding and worthwhile.

Common Withdrawal Symptoms from Drugs

Detoxing can bring about a wide range of expected symptoms, depending upon the drug being detoxed from. Let's take a closer look at some common withdrawal symptoms from drugs:

Physical Symptoms:

Think of your body as a machine that's gotten used to a specific type of fuel – your drug of choice. Once you remove this fuel, the machine starts to malfunction. This might mean:

For alcohol withdrawal:

  • Tremors

  • Sweating

  • Nausea

For opioid withdrawal:

  • Muscle aches

  • Diarrhea

  • Restlessness

For stimulant withdrawal:

  • Fatigue

  • Shakiness

  • Increased appetite

Psychological Symptoms:

Your brain's been rewired due to substance use and it's recalibrating during withdrawal. This can manifest as:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Intense cravings

Half the victory of detox is in understanding what you’re up against. It's undoubtedly a tough path, but it's a necessary step towards regaining a healthier and more fulfilling life.

Home Remedies to Assist

Opting for a comfortable home environment for detox might seem appealing, but it's important to proceed with caution.

Certain home-based remedies can be supportive during detox, such as maintaining adequate hydration, eating a balanced diet, and getting enough rest. These practices can provide comfort and aid in the body's natural healing process.

However, the appeal of at-home detox can be misleading. It's often not as simple, effective, or safe as it appears.

Professional detox programs, guided by medical experts, are usually the safest and most effective methods for treating substance dependence.

Diet Tips to Assist in Detox Process

We recommend maintaining a well-planned diet to support your detox process. This will help in stabilizing your digestive system, which can be disrupted during withdrawal.

Here are some dietary tips:

  • High Fiber Foods: Opt for whole grains, fruits, and vegetables to help your digestive system function optimally.

  • Lean Proteins: Incorporate lean meats, fish, or plant-based proteins to support body repair and recovery.

  • Hydration: Hydrate with water and herbal teas to assist in flushing out toxins.

  • Vitamins and Minerals: Ensure a diet rich in essential vitamins and minerals to bolster your body's natural healing process and curb the craving for addictive substances.

Remember, while these dietary adjustments can be beneficial, they should be part of a complete detox plan overseen by medical professionals. Always seek personalized dietary advice in line with your treatment plan.

Medical Detox vs. Drug Detox

When considering detox from drugs or alcohol, understanding the difference between medical detox and drug detox is important.

The detox of choice largely depends on the individual’s specific needs and the severity of their addiction. Here's a comparative look:

Medical Detox:

  • Focus: Comprehensive care under medical supervision.

  • Approach: Utilizes medication to manage withdrawal symptoms safely.

  • Suitability: Recommended for severe addiction cases, particularly with alcohol abuse.

  • Scope: Addresses both physical and psychological aspects of addiction, especially alcohol withdrawal.

Drug Detox:

  • Focus: Physical elimination of drugs from the body.

  • Approach: Often part of a broader treatment program without reliance on medication.

  • Suitability: Used for various levels of addiction.

  • Scope: Primarily targets physical abstinence from drugs or alcohol

Consulting with healthcare professionals at a treatment center can help determine the most appropriate path for each person.

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Can NUMA assist with drug detoxing?

NUMA Recovery Centers is well-equipped to assist with the drug detox process.

As a leading detox and rehab in Los Angeles, we offer specialized support for individuals struggling with addiction to drugs and alcohol. Our approach is geared to meet each client’s unique needs to ensure you a safe and effective detox experience.

Let our team help you live the drug-free life you've always envisioned. Contact us now!

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Adam Zagha is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Los Angeles with over a decade of experience in addiction treatment and recovery. He holds a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology and is certified in EMDR therapy, CBT, DBT, and ACT. Prior to Numa Recovery Centers, Adam was CFO and the Director of Clinical Outreach at Transcend Recovery Community. Adam is committed to providing top-quality care to individuals seeking treatment for addiction and mental health issues. He also provides trainings and workshops on addiction, mental health, and mindfulness.
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