Delaware is in close proximity to two major source markets for illegal drugs, and is battling an illegal drug war of its own. Detoxification or “detox” is the process by which the toxins that have gathered in an addict’s system through prolonged substance are expelled. It’s the first critical step toward addressing addiction and substance abuse. Before a patient can contemplate entering rehab, they must first undergo a thorough and professional detox to ensure they have enough health and energy to complete residential treatment. All detox programs should be administered and monitored by an experienced professional who is knowledgeable of the withdrawal process and can keep patients comfortable.
Detox involves cleansing the system of chemicals and giving patients the fresh start and clean bill of health they need to successfully undergo rehabilitation. The diverse and multi-pronged nature of Delaware’s substance abuse problem has forced detox professionals to become skilled in handling the withdrawal process from practically every drug. The more comfortable a patient is during detox, the more open they will be to the prospect of further treatment, as well as sobriety itself. It’s a process best left to the professional.
Catering to both young and old clients in Delaware, alcohol detox can be an incredibly trying process, if not properly managed. Symptoms include tremors, excessive sweating, insomnia, depression, headaches, extreme sensitivity to light and sound, nausea and vomiting. The longer a patient abuses alcohol, the harder and more arduous the detox process will be. Be sure to choose your program wisely, as a hasty or lazy choice can have serious physical and mental repercussions.
Delaware residents fall victim to prescription drug detox through a number of circumstances, the most common being: theft, abuse of a legitimate supply, dishonest physician practices and unregulated Internet. OxyContin is the leading cause of prescription drug detox. Drugs such as Lortab, Xanax, Vicodin, Diazepam and Valium are also huge contributors. Symptoms of prescription drug withdrawal include severe muscle and joint pain, headaches, nausea, upset stomach and anxiety. Detox professionals must pay special attention to the pain management aspect of prescription detox, due to lack of pharmaceutical pain relief options available to patients.
Street drug detox usually means detox from cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine. Heroin is the most popular illegal drug in Delaware and arguably the hardest drug to kick. Patients who enter a street drug detox program for heroin usually have a long, hard road ahead of them, and will be much better off in the care of a qualified professional who can adequately manage the pains and illnesses that will undoubtedly accompany withdrawal. Detox from any drug, especially heroin, is never something you should attempt on your own.