Across the United States, millions of people struggle with drug and alcohol addictions every year. In 2019, research determined that 19.8 million people were subject to a substance use disorder (SUD).
When a SUD impairs an individual’s life, treatment must be secured. Usually, a drug and alcohol detox is the first step in addiction recovery. Initiating the withdrawal process, removing harmful substances from the body enables people to adjust to life without drugs and alcohol.
At Empowered Recovery Center, we offer comprehensive drug and alcohol detox treatment in our Atlanta, GA treatment facility.
Detox occurs when someone dependent on drugs or alcohol stops using them. When medically administered, substances are flushed from the brain and body. Unbeknown to many, detox is suitable for a wide range of substance addictions such as:
As the detox process begins, it is not uncommon for a wide range of side effects to emerge. Though the side effects experienced entirely depend on the type of drug or alcohol used, they often include:
These side effects range from mild to severe, and in extreme cases of addiction, can be life-threatening. However, it is essential to remember that they are only temporary, and treatment facilities can help you throughout the process.
The safest way to detox is via a rehab program or treatment center. Here, medical professionals are on hand to provide around-the-clock care and support.
Medication-assisted treatment, or MAT, is often employed as rehab programs are completed to mitigate severe and potentially life-threatening detox symptoms.
The medication prescribed depends on the substance abused. However, they typically include the following:
Although medication is proven to assist those in recovery, it is typically combined with other treatments, such as therapy and support groups. This ensures that physical and psychological aspects of addiction can be overcome simultaneously. Therapy additionally uncovers any mental health problems that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.
Here at Empowered Recovery Clinic, we offer a range of medication and therapy options to suit all clients. When choosing the right rehab, we know that there is no one fit for all. This is why we provide a range of options, such as partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatment, for those who feel that residential treatment is not suitable for them.
“I arrived at ER completely broken, I’d tried so many times to stop taking fentanyl. All of the staff really supported me and helped me realize that there was hope.” – Bill, Former Client
There is no concrete timeline for how long withdrawal can last, even when medically assisted. Factors that can influence how long withdrawal symptoms persist include:
In the case of alcohol withdrawal syndrome (AWS), symptoms can begin as soon as six hours after your last drink and persist for over a week. When detoxing from opioids, symptoms can appear around eight hours after the last use. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms span several weeks, while opioid withdrawal symptoms can linger for months.
However, medication can aid and reduce these symptoms drastically. As noted above, treatments such as methadone can help manage withdrawal until a person is ready to stop taking medication entirely. When combined with mental health care and therapy, medication reduces the risk of relapse.
Recovery doesn’t end with detox. After withdrawing from substances and completing drug and alcohol detox, it is common for those in recovery to experience cravings for a prolonged period. To ensure that our clients are supported upon completing detox, we offer additional treatments, such as therapy and aftercare.
The symptoms of SUD vary depending on the substance used and the length of time it is used for. They can include:
Though substance abuse looks different for everyone, it is a severe condition that requires immediate treatment. Completing a drug and alcohol detox program is advised if you recognize any of these symptoms in yourself or a loved one.
When left untreated, drug and alcohol abuse can lead to many long-term health problems. These include:
Receiving treatment for AUD and drug abuse can limit these health conditions. They additionally pave the way towards a substance-free life.
Treatment facilities are ideal for those who want to overcome a drug or alcohol addiction. Some of the key benefits of a rehab program include:
At Empowered Recovery Center, we aim to support each client through their journey towards a physical, mental, and emotional recovery. We offer several programs to support our clients and provide appropriate education to prevent the possibility of relapse. Our treatment programs include:
Each of our programs contain a family therapy component as standard. As the family is a vital support system for those trying to overcome their addiction, educating family members on addiction can help to reduce the risk of relapse.
We aim to give our clients the tools and education they need to succeed upon completing one of our treatment programs. To ensure that additional support is provided, we equip each of our clients with a full year of aftercare.
“Thank you Empowered Recovery for helping my son with such compassion and for all the family therapy sessions which were amazing for everyone.” – Tom, Parent of Former Client
If you need rehab, contact the Empowered Recovery Center today to find out more about our range of treatment programs.
In doing so, our team of medical professionals will inform you of your options and help you select a suitable program based on your recovery needs.
Should you attend our rehab center, we will provide you with a wealth of guidance as you progress through your detox program. We will also ensure you have comprehensive therapy and aftercare to support you even after leaving our program.
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“ Everyone at ER helped me so much! I’m coming up to six months clean now which I never thought I’d manage. I can’t say thank you enough times! ” – Jerry, Former Client
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