Any person addicted to drugs or alcohol harbors a fear of what will happen if they stop drinking or taking drugs “cold turkey.” Sadly, those who do not stop are likely to escalate their addiction with unfortunate consequences.
At America’s Rehab Campuses (ARC), and Arizona detox facility, we want to do everything possible to make sure that your choice to seek treatment is based on facts and accurate information, not fear.
Face Detoxification with Confidence
Detoxification or detox is the most challenging aspect of kicking your habit. At ARC we know that gong “cold turkey” is not a good choice for some. Alternate methods of detox are to reduce the intake of the drug over time gradually or to use replacement drugs like the well-known methadone or buprenorphine.
Think of your brains like a chemical manufacturing plant with pipes, valves, tanks of various chemicals and a little man or woman with a blue hard hat and safety goggles who controls the valves. We will call this person Sally. When a person drinks or takes drugs, this instructs Sally to rush over to the neurotransmitter tank and turn that valve off. This has become routine for Sally because her “instructions” seem to appear at regular intervals.
Going Through Withdrawal Symptoms
When you stop the drugs and alcohol Sally gets a bit confused and decides to open the valve to another tank containing adrenalin. But she opens the valve wide open, and this allows a flow of adrenaline into the mixing tank in your head. And this is what causes the withdrawal symptoms.
Withdrawing from drugs like cocaine and marijuana does not cause severe physical symptoms. Withdrawal from alcohol and opiates, on the other hand, can cause significant and severe physical effects like dizziness, headaches, nausea, heart palpitations and severe sweating. In severe cases with alcohol and tranquilizers, the symptoms are dangerous and include seizures, strokes, hallucinations and delirium tremens (DTs). Sally is indeed a difficult woman to deal with during withdrawal.
If you think that cocaine and “weed” are given a pass on withdrawal, think again; because there are mental and emotional aspects to withdrawal that can be just as severe as the physical signs. The loss of memory and other cognitive traits, sleep disorders, fatigue and especially anxiety and panic attacks are all signs of mental and emotional withdrawal.
You Don’t Have to Do It Alone
With ARC, an Arizona detox facility, you will not have to face this alone. Your treatment will be individualized based on the kind of drug or drugs you are addicted to and the severity of the addiction.
Your physical health will also be assessed upon admission. Less severe cases might be helped best as an outpatient while more severe cases might need a one to three-week stay at one of our facilities.
At ARC in Arizona, our one goal is to retrain “Sally” to do her job as she was initially trained to do. When a valve is leaking in a chemical plant, a pipefitter can be called to replace that leaky valve. ARC is much more than a pipefitter with a caring professional staff ready to start you on the road to recovery. Call us today at 1-888-782-4485 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for information on our treatment programs.