How Do I Know If I Have An Addiction?

Addiction means a person no longer has control over a substance that they use. An addict can have a compulsive, physical and/or psychological need for their substance of abuse. It can often be difficult to admit when you have an addiction because of the negative connotations that are associated with it, as well as the fear of having to stop using the substance.

Physical addiction is when the body becomes dependant on a substance. A tolerance is often built up to the substance so that a person often feels the need to take a larger dosage in order to get the feeling that they are seeking.

Psychological addiction is when the cravings for a particular substance cause a person to be more emotional. Addicts that are affected psychologically are overwhelmed by the intense desire for the substance.

What Is The Difference Between Detox And Rehab?

There is a common misconception that detox and rehab is the same thing. However, detox is just the first step in the recovery process. Detox works to rid your body of toxins that have built up over the duration of substance abuse. Rehab is a program that begins after detox has been completed. In rehab, a previous addict is given the tools that they need to live their life without the use of a substance.

What Happens During Detox?

Detox is usually the first program that an addict seeking recovery goes through when they enter a treatment facility. The following is what typically happens when a person undergoes a detox program:

  • A medical staff will commence a comprehensive evaluation to determine if you have any medical/health issues or nutrition deficiencies. Your doctors will discuss with you what they feel is the most effective means of treatment. They will also give you details concerning the withdrawal symptoms that you should expect so that you are fully prepared for the detoxification process.
  • According to your addiction and the amount of time that you have been using a particular drug, your medical staff may suggest that your detox is carried out under 24-hour medical supervision. Due to the dangerous withdrawal symptoms, alcoholics and those addicted to benzodiazepines are highly encouraged to be medically monitored throughout the duration of detoxification. The medical staff may also recommend that you that you be treated with fluid, nutritional supplements, and non-addictive medications as needed.
  • At some detox facilities, professionals will limit the amount of contact that you have with friends and family. Focus on your recovery is critical during this time and it has been shown that the process is always more successful without outside influence.
  • After the more difficult symptoms of withdrawal have subsided, patients will then be able to start participating in various rehab services that the treatment center provides. Although all the withdrawal symptoms may not be completely gone, professionals encourage people to start getting involved with others and taking full advantage of what the detox-rehab center provides.
  • When detox is fully complete, then patients are able to participate fully in a rehab program.   

Can Detox Be Done On An Outpatient Basis?

Some people do make efforts to complete their detox on an outpatient basis. However, most of the time people want complete detox out of sheer will-power. This is usually very unrealistic and in a moment of weakness results in relapse. Sometimes withdrawal symptoms can have excruciating effects that can even lead to death. Due to these dangers, it is always recommended that detox is done under 24-hour medical supervision. This minimizes the likelihood of relapse and maximizes safety.

What Happens During Rehab?

The policies and procedures of rehab facilities can vary. There are multiple different kinds of facilities that can cater to the individuals needs of the addict seeking help. Commonly shared in-patient policies and procedures that one may expect are:

  • A set schedule for day-to-day counseling meeting, therapy, meals, and meeting with professional psychiatrists and/or physicians.
  • Psychiatric treatment as recommended by medical professionals.
  • Absolute disuse of illicit and addictive substances.
  • Visiting hours with family members and friends. This can include family counseling meetings.
  • Possible extended outpatient therapy upon completing inpatient programs.

How Do I Get A Friend Or Family Member Help With Their Addiction?

Family members and loved ones can play a pivotal role in getting help for an addict. It often takes someone they care about to speak up in order for them to start taking steps toward recovery. Intervention in a safe and secure environment is often a helpful of letting your addicted loved one know that you are concerned for their well-being. At Detox-Rehab.com we have specialist available 24-hours that are dedicated to help you get your family member or friend the right kind of help.


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How Do I Find The Best Treatment Facility For Me?

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