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Stages of Addiction Recovery

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Addiction recovery begins from the moment a person commits to stop abusing substances. Drug detox programs are a safe and effective way to break the cycle of abuse. Medical supervision is always advised for detox as there are potential physical and mental health complications. DetoxLA offers unique luxury drug detox programs in Los Angeles. To learn more about what we offer our patients, we encourage you to reach out to us today at 818.616.7341.

The Important First Stages of Rehab

The most crucial factor is that you have decided to change your behavior and break the cycle of addiction. The road to recovery begins with detox. Your mind and body need to heal from the trauma of substances. The initial phase of detox is a period of acute withdrawal. Common symptoms of withdrawal can include:

  • Agitation
  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Shakiness
  • Insomnia

The next phase is often referred to as post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS). Symptoms of PAWS can include mood instability, irritability and depression. These symptoms are typically temporary while your mind and body adjust to a new normal.

Dangers of Unsupervised Detox

People often want to attempt to detox on their own. A person with a mild substance abuse disorder or addiction may find that they can do this independently, which does not guarantee it is safe.

During detox, a person can expect to feel several unpleasant physical, psychological, and emotional states. These range from manageable to risky.

Symptoms associated with detox include:

  • Strong cravings as a result of withdrawal
  • Agitation
  • Restlessness
  • Intense frustration
  • Excessive sweating
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Angry outbursts
  • Tremors
  • Severe physical pain
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Temporary psychosis

Detox can cause an increase in heart rate and a spike in blood pressure. These symptoms typically occur within the first 48 hours of ceasing the use of an addictive substance. If a person does not receive proper treatment, these symptoms can result in severe consequences, including death.

The Benefits of Medical Detox

During the first stages of rehab, medical detox is critical because it makes it more likely that someone will recover safely and successfully. A person who is abusing alcohol or drugs is at risk for overdose, deterioration of their physical health, worsening of mental health issues, and the potential for an overdose fatality.

At DetoxLA, we take pride in treating our patients with the respect and dignity they deserve. Our luxury rehab is constantly updated with new features and amenities. We specialize in treating those who struggle with addiction to alcohol, benzodiazepines (benzos), and opiates.

There are many important aspects to remember when treating someone with an addiction. Common concerns include:

  • The substance or substances a person is addicted to
  • How long a person has had an addiction
  • Method of drug abuse
  • Amount of substance(s) a person has been using
  • Family history of drug abuse and addiction
  • Underlying medical conditions
  • Known mental health conditions
  • Family history of physical and mental health conditions

Our highly skilled medical professionals have experience treating those with addictions to a range of substances, including fentanyl and other potent synthetic opioids, that have become increasingly problematic in recent years. We know it takes specialized skills to help someone who has developed a dependence on these drugs detox, recover, and find new ways to create a meaningful life in sobriety.

Contact DetoxLA Today about Addiction Recovery

At DetoxLA, our medical professionals and trained staff aim to provide a safe, secure, and comfortable atmosphere where patients and their families can trust that we are ensuring effective treatment and addiction recovery. Reach out to us today at 818.616.7341 to learn more about our luxury detox facility, where you can take the first step to a healthy future.