Drugs can be toxic to the body if consumed in large dosages for a prolonged period of time. For most people who are suffering from drug addiction, it is possible that they have already developed a dependency to these drugs that it could be extremely hard from them to simply stop taking the drugs altogether, instantly.
Drug detoxification is the process of detoxifying the body from the dangerous drugs taken or consumed. While it may sound easy enough, the process could actually be very difficult for the patient, and for this very reason, many drug addicts easily experience relapse – because getting rid of the drugs in the body is not easy to handle.
It is always recommended by doctors for the patient to be under supervision during the detox process. For severe cases of drug addiction, it might be necessary for the patient to be admitted to an inpatient rehabilitation center for them to receive the best medical support they would need.
If the patient is recovering from a mild drug addiction, a supervision by someone capable may be adequate, although regular visits to a professional are still required.
Drug detox will involve abstaining from drug intake, allowing the body to naturally eliminate the toxins. During the detoxification process, the patient may experience the following:
- Muscle aches
- A runny nose or watery eyes
- Sleep problems
- Muscle, bone, or joint pains
- Low tolerance for pain
- Gastrointestinal distress
- Suicidal thoughts or depression
The symptoms may vary, depending on the type of drug the patient was addicted to, the length of time they have been addicted to it, and the amount of drug they have taken.
If the person supervising the patient has no idea how to handle what the patient needs, the patient’s physical agonies may worsen – or worse, the person in charge of supervision may give in to the patient’s demands and simply give the drugs to ease the patient’s symptoms, that’s why it is very important to consult a professional during these challenging times.