Drugs and alcohol cause physical and psychological dependency, causing serious withdrawal symptoms when you immediately or suddenly stop using. Resuming your drug or alcohol use can stop withdrawal symptoms, but ultimately makes it more difficult for you to recover. A personalized detox plan is an important step in recovery because it ensures that you can comfortably and safely withdrawal through addiction treatment programs.
Addiction doesn’t discriminate. Regardless of your race, gender, age or background, you can eventually develop a substance abuse disorder. Addiction and substance abuse disorders are relatively common, with more than 10% of Americans ages 12 and older meeting the criteria for a substance abuse disorder annually. Substance abuse disorders are especially common among young adults. Drugs and alcohol cloud your judgment and increase your chances of making bad decisions, making addiction especially dangerous among young adults whose brain has yet to fully develop.
What is Addiction?
Addiction is a progressive, chronic and incurable mental health disease that causes you to compulsively use and abuse drugs and alcohol despite serious negative consequences and/or a strong desire to quit. Drugs and alcohol also impair your logical reasoning centers in your brain, which results in impaired judgment and cognition. Addiction can also cause:
- Employment problems
- Housing issues
- Relationship conflicts
- Medical and mental health issues
- Legal problems
- Mood and personality changes
As your tolerance to your substance of choice increases, you need to continuously increase your use in order to feel the same pleasurable effects and to avoid withdrawal. Eventually, you can abuse your substance of choice solely to avoid withdrawal symptoms. The financial burden of sustaining a serious addiction can lead to mounting debt, unpaid bills and depleted savings.
During addiction, it is common to isolate from others and prioritize your substance abuse over your responsibilities. You may show up intoxicated to school or work or have difficulty getting through the day without using your substance of choice. Individualized addiction treatment helps you learn how to cope with triggers, cravings, and stress, as well as how to change negative thinking patterns and behaviors. During withdrawal, a personalized detox plan ensures that your early recovery needs are met.
What is a Personalized Detox Plan?
When you choose to attend a detox center, your treatment team will develop a personalized detox plan. The reason that an individualized detox plan is so important to your recovery is that it helps identify your specific needs. Withdrawal symptoms vary in length and intensity due to a variety of factors, such as:
- Your substance of choice
- The severity of your addiction
- Presence of a comorbid condition
- Your substance abuse and treatment history
A personalized detox plan is also necessary to ensure staff is prepared for your needs during treatment. Sharing your background and medical, substance abuse and mental health history with staff is also imperative to ensure your personalized detox plan best meets your needs.
Detox centers use a combination of medication-assisted therapies and evidence-based treatments to help you begin recovery. For example, if you are withdrawing from opiates, a personalized detox plan may include the utilization of Suboxone or methadone. A personalized detox plan also ensures that you receive treatment for any comorbid or co-occurring conditions you have, as withdrawal can sometimes worsen symptoms of underlying conditions.
Finding a Detox Center Today
Addiction can cause you to feel trapped, alone and hopeless. Because addiction is a chronic condition, early treatment is the best way to improve your chances of fully recovering. Withdrawal symptoms can become intense and difficult to cope with, making a detox center the best first step in your recovery. A personalized detox plan ensures that you have the support and guidance you need to successfully withdrawal. Contact us today at 866.723.3127 to learn more about your treatment options.