Why is Detox Important?
When a substance is used for a long period of time, the body becomes physically dependent on it. In other words, in order to function properly, the substance needs to be present. Detox is important because it rids the body of the buildup of toxins that a substance leaves behind so that the individual can start to focus on treatment.
Going through detox alone can be dangerous, and many patients are unable to successfully complete the detox process on their own. During this phase of the recovery process, withdrawal symptoms set in. These symptoms vary from person to person and are dependent on the type of drug that was being used and the level of the addiction, but some of the most common symptoms of withdrawal include:
- Increased heart rate
- Nausea and vomiting
In the most extreme cases, the symptoms of withdrawal can be deadly.
In order to ease the symptoms of withdrawal, many people often give in and start using the substance they are trying to rid their body of. Naturally, this derails recovery and leads a patient to continue using drugs or alcohol. Undergoing detox under the care of professionals allows patients to safely go through the process. It also increases speeds up the recovery process and increases the chances of success.