Addiction can be hard to spot in someone you care about, but it’s much harder to admit that you’re the one with the substance use disorder. When you finally accept the situation and are ready to recover, what’s the first thing you can do? Begin treatment in a recovery center.
The decision to recover might be tied to the negative consequences of addiction, such as increasing tolerance or the extreme physical discomfort due to withdrawal symptoms. It could be something that’s required of them by work or family. Whatever the case may be, going to a drug detox center and having a detox plan that includes medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is usually the best way for guests to start recovering.
Professional help in managing drug cravings and severe withdrawal symptoms will make it easier for you to detox. If you’re in Ohio and looking for a drug detox center, contact Ethan Crossing of Columbus online or call 855.476.0078. Remember that the earlier a guest gets treatment, the more effective it will be.
5 Signs You Need Drug Detox
1. Physical Withdrawal Symptoms
Some individuals can have withdrawal symptoms even before they step into a drug detox center. These physical effects start to occur just a few hours after the last drug dose and can get more intense as tolerance to the drug builds. Here are some common physical withdrawal symptoms:
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Muscle aches and pains
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stomach cramps
- Tremors and shaking
These symptoms can be so uncomfortable and painful that they can discourage someone from quitting. That’s why medical detox has a higher chance of being successful: because a medical team can keep guests comfortable enough to focus on the goal of detoxing and eventual recovery.
2. Behavioral and Mental Health Issues
People with mental health problems have a higher risk of using drugs. At the same time, people addicted to drugs or alcohol have a higher risk of developing psychological, emotional, and behavioral issues. Many people with substance use disorders also have depression or anxiety.
Why are addiction and mental health problems intertwined? Researchers are unsure of what the exact connection is, but people dealing with either one or the other often live with very similar risk factors like early traumatic experiences or genetic vulnerabilities.
Co-occurring disorders should also be treated along with addiction at a dual diagnosis treatment center for recovery to be successful. Guests wanting to maintain lifelong sobriety should consider transitioning from a detox program to a comprehensive addiction treatment program that will include addiction therapy programs and other forms of care.
3. Uncontrollable Drug Cravings
Even if guests are determined to go through the detox process, the urge to use drugs again can be overwhelming. Even if a guest’s physical withdrawal symptoms aren’t severe, their drug cravings can be very intense. MAT can get guests through this physical and psychological effect.
4. Many Unaddressed Medical Issues
Hiding an addiction can prompt people to stop going to doctors for any physical aches or mental issues—and can stop people from connecting with others, in general. In some cases, caring about personal hygiene also stops. Taking certain drugs may also cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms or effects that make pre-existing medical conditions worse.
Many people with an addiction don’t realize they have failing organs, heart disease, or other medical problems—they find out about them during the detox process. This is another reason why going through medical detox, where guests are provided 24-hour care and supervision, is recommended.
5. Unsuccessful Attempts to Quit Drugs
Recovery can’t begin with just good intentions. Sometimes, even the most determined people will give in to drug cravings or not be able to take the physical discomfort of quitting. Many people with addictions have tried to control their drug use or have attempted to quit multiple times.
Detoxing alone can work for some people, but medical detox should be on the table after one or a few unsuccessful tries.
Learn About Ethan Crossing of Columbus’s Detox Center
Ethan Crossing of Columbus recommends that people with addictions seek professional help when going through detox. Our drug detox center staff in Ohio provides medical detox as part of our comprehensive addiction treatment programs.
If you have any questions about how Ethan Crossing of Columbus can provide you with professional and medical help during detox and recovery, contact our team online or call 855.476.0078.