There are many ways to find recovery. This journey will look different for different people. Depending on the progression of the substance use disorder, the presence of co-occurring diagnoses, or many other factors, the first steps of recovery can vary. Sometimes, a medical detox is necessary. Medical detox is a process in which individuals seeking treatment receive constant medical supervision and support as they undergo withdrawal from drugs or alcohol. This can help mitigate the negative side effect of withdrawing alone. In some cases, it is literally a life-saving process. Many rehabs and medical detox centers are available to help people looking to start sobriety in as safe an environment as possible.
Benefits of Medical Detox
There are many benefits of medical detox, including improved physical and mental health, a lower risk of relapse, and a higher likelihood of successful long-term recovery.
One of the primary benefits of medical detox is the improved physical health of the individual. Substance abuse can have significant negative impacts on physical health, including organ damage and increased risk of health problems such as liver disease, heart attack, and stroke. Medical detox can help to minimize these risks and support the body as it recovers from the effects of substance abuse.
In addition to the physical benefits, medical detox also has numerous mental health benefits. Substance abuse can lead to a range of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, and psychosis. Medical detox can help to address these mental health issues and provide the necessary support and care to promote emotional and mental well-being.
Another benefit of medical detox is the lower risk of relapse. Substance abuse is a chronic condition, and the risk of relapse is always present. Medical detox can provide the necessary support and care upfront to help individuals navigate the withdrawal process and reduce the risk of relapse. Similarly, a medical detox can be seen as an additional successful step toward long-term recovery. By providing a safe and supportive environment in which to undergo withdrawal, medical detox can help to set the stage for a successful, long-term recovery journey. In addition, medical detox can provide access to resources and support for continued treatment and recovery. As a result, the chances of a successful long-term recovery increase.
Medication-assisted Treatment — What Is It?
Sometimes, often with an alcohol or opioid use disorder, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is used as a part of a recovery plan. This refers to a patient receiving help through various medications that relate to their needs and specific substance dependencies when and if they have completed a medical detox. There are a number of benefits to finding medications that meet a patient’s needs after a detox environment, some of which include:
- Improved patient survival
- Increased retention in treatment
- Reduce risk associated with drug use, especially intravenous drug use
- Helps support personal independence
- Targets the individual needs of each patient long term
MAT is just one of many ways that individuals in recovery can find support and bolster their chances of long-term sobriety. It provides a more long-term solution to withdrawal symptoms and psychological cravings that often come with sobriety.
BoardPrep Recovery Provides Medical Detox
Are you or someone you love in need of treatment for a substance use disorder? If so, we realize that seeking help can be a challenging and confusing process. Sometimes, a medical detox is appropriate for the well-being of the individual. Remember that this type of environment can provide the care and attention needed for a person to withdraw safely. BoardPrep Recovery’s staff of medical professionals is trained to care for each patient and their needs, whatever they may be. Contact us at 866.796.4720 today to learn more about how we can help.