How to Identify the Need for Medical Detoxification
By: Rick Hubbard, Executive Vice President of Professional Relations
Substance use disorders often begin when someone uses a substance to cope with stress, loss, trauma, or other difficult life events. Continued use of the substances can lead to physical dependence, which means the body becomes used to having the substance in its system and starts to experience withdrawal symptoms without it. Many of the individuals who become physically dependent upon a substance are seeking a way to reverse course and eliminate the chemicals from their bodies without the pain and discomfort of withdrawal symptoms.
Restored Path Detox was created to provide a means to safely manage symptoms of withdrawal in a comfortable and dignified manner.
Unfortunately, there is often the misconception that this process can be undertaken alone, without the assistance of medical professionals trained to treat the physical and psychological symptoms of withdrawal. While that might be the case with certain drugs, withdrawal from alcohol and benzodiazepines, for example, can be fatal if not properly managed by highly trained specialists.
Oftentimes family members don’t understand why their loved one would continue consuming addictive substances despite the problems associated with continued use.
Challenges with school, employment, relationships, and overall health and wellness are frequently associated with chronic use of and dependence upon substances. For the chemically dependent individual, seeking help can be a challenging task. Many are terrified of the withdrawal process because they have tried to detox themselves and experienced severe withdrawal symptoms, or they have had a negative experience with facilities that lack the expertise necessary to adequately mitigate the effects of substance withdrawal. For them, seeking ways to continue consumption of the substance seems to be the only solution.
The public perception of those who become chemically dependent also can be a barrier to getting help.
Shame and guilt frequently prevent individuals from seeking professional assistance, causing them to suffer in silence. Families can also suffer from denial of the truth about a loved one’s condition, preventing them from addressing the problem in a straightforward and effective manner.
Restored Path Detox was opened to help break down the barriers individuals face to seeking help.
Detox is the first of many steps on the road to recovery, and it has been shown that having a supportive detox experience can lead to a life of long-term recovery. Breaking the silence around substance use disorders and addiction is essential to reduce the stigma for those seeking help. When more people are open about their struggles, it helps to normalize the experience and shows that substance use disorders can happen to anyone. It also allows for a more open dialogue about addiction and recovery, which can lead to better understanding and more effective treatments. Our team at Restored Path Detox provides supportive counseling services alongside sophisticated withdrawal management to help guide individuals toward sustained recovery. We help people see that they are not alone, that help is available, and that withdrawal doesn’t have to be a painful or dangerous experience.
Restored Path Detox is DFW’s premier location for sophisticated medical detox. Conveniently located in Frisco, we provide a safe sanctuary for healing that is also a state-of-the-art detoxification facility for a wide range of substances. Our compassionate physicians and therapists want you to get well and are committed to removing any existing barriers to your care. Restored Path’s board-certified medical professionals and highly qualified RNs have extensive critical care experience and are available to monitor your detox program 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If you or a loved one are struggling with drug or alcohol use, call us today and take your first step towards recovery: 561-841-1268.