Why is Detox Important?
When a substance is used for a long time, the body becomes physically dependent on it. 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 cannot 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.
While everyone’s experience with detox will be different, 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.
Many people often give in and start using the substance they are trying to rid their bodies of to ease withdrawal symptoms. Naturally, this derails recovery and leads patients to continue using drugs or alcohol. Undergoing detox under the care of professionals allows patients to go through the process safely. It also speeds up the recovery process and increases the chances of success.