One definition of addicts is people who’ve lost control over the ability to control their drinking or using. Their control issues also expand out into their daily lives because they build resentments when they can’t control outcomes of different situations, which causes them to drink and use more. Their issues with control also make them want to quit on their own when they’ve realized they have a problem with alcohol or drugs. The problem is that trying to detox on your own can be very dangerous.
The Old Way of Thinking
In the mid-20th century, partial hospitalization treatment centers couldn’t figure out why they were unable to effectively help people with their addiction. They often thought that making the person go through detox on their own was a great way to cure the person’s addiction. The idea was that the pain and agony people have to go through while they detox would be enough to scare them out of drinking or using ever again. This is an archaic method, and partial hospitalization treatment centers learned that the symptoms of withdrawal can be quite dangerous, and many times it didn’t do much to help with the person’s addiction. In fact, many people would stay addicted just to avoid the effects of detox.
What Your Body Goes Through in Addiction
When you’ve been overindulging with just about any substance, your body can experience symptoms of withdrawal when you quit. You may have heard that when people stop drinking caffeine or smoking that they get headaches or other minor physical ailments, and this happens because their body is having minor withdrawal symptoms. With alcohol and drugs, it’s far worse. Mind-altering substances release chemicals in the brain called dopamine, and when the brain is starved of dopamine, the system goes haywire.
The neurotransmitters in your brain are connected to your entire nervous system, which is why you experience harsh symptoms of withdrawal when you try to detox on your own. Common symptoms include nausea, aches and pains, hallucinations, insomnia, anxiety and depression. You may think that it’s a good idea to overcome your addiction on your own, but some of the symptoms can be extremely dangerous and in rare instances can even be fatal.
Going through Detox at an Partial Hospitalization Treatment Center
Alaska Detox Withdrawal Centers are the best way to detoxify your body. It’s crucial that you have medical supervision the entire time because some of the withdrawal symptoms can include seizures and heart failure. Some people who go through withdrawal on their own don’t survive because their body wasn’t strong enough to handle withdrawal.
At a reputable partial hospitalization treatment center such as Safe Harbour Recovery, you’ll have your heartrate and blood pressure monitored, and you’ll also be given medications to help reduce your other symptoms. Allow Safe Harbour Recovery to help you with the detoxification process so you can have a safe journey to recovery. Call us today.