The withdrawal symptoms you feel when you try to quit using are the results of physical dependence. Your body reacts to the absence of a chemical. But how did this start? More importantly, how do you overcome it?
From Tolerance to Physical Dependence
Nobody plans to develop a physiological addiction. You didn’t use a drug or alcohol with the idea of creating a chemical dependency. It probably snuck up on you. Dependence typically starts with tolerance.
Your body fails to respond to the drug the way it used to. This is a frequent occurrence with opioids, alcohol, and stimulants. You increase the dose to get the same experience. The higher dose of chemicals influences the way your body processes the chemicals.
Most drugs rewrite your brain chemistry. Some substances make the release of dopamine, the body’s feel-good neurotransmitter, dependent on their presence. They also affect other brain chemicals. Now, just wanting to feel normal requires you to take the drug.
Treating Physical Dependence with Medical Care
Addiction is a disease. It requires a two-step treatment approach. Initially, you overcome your body’s dependency. You do so by checking into a rehab facility for detoxification.
Medical professionals monitor your withdrawal from the drug. Examples of treatments include:
- Around-the-clock medical supervision of the withdrawal process to ensure safety and comfort
- IV therapy as needed to provide pain relief, hydration, and pharmacological support
- Nutritional support that strengthens your body and maintains your health
- Talk therapy sessions that support your decision to quit an addiction
- Goal-setting in group sessions to help you chart a course to lifelong sobriety
In the grand scheme of addiction recovery, detox is a quick process. Breaking your physiological addiction usually takes about three to ten days. It largely depends on your overall health, the drug, and the length of abuse. At the end of medical detox, your body no longer signals that it needs the drug to live.
From Detox to Rehab
The second step in the treatment of addiction addresses the psychological addiction. This process takes a little longer. You learn what stressors and triggers cause you to reach for a drug. Next, you work with a therapist to exchange dysfunctional responses with healthy ones.
Choose a residential stay, partial hospitalization, or intensive outpatient program. An intake counselor can help you select the treatment delivery structure that makes the most sense. Customization of this process as well as of the modalities you undergo boost your chances of success.
Do I Need Detox or Rehab?
Quitting cold turkey is typically unsafe and unsuccessful. Withdrawal symptoms tend to lead to an almost immediate relapse without careful medical supervision. Moreover, rehab gets to the roots of an addiction. It helps you understand yourself so you don’t repeat past mistakes.
Overcoming a physical dependence today is as easy as connecting with a rehab facility. At The Hills Treatment Center, caring addiction counselors help you with drug detox services as well as rehab. Find out how to get started on your road to recovery. Dial 866-322-7820 today to get started with The Hills Treatment Center.