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What Is Detox?

What Is Detox?


According to the Cambridge Dictionaries Online, detox is defined as “a period when you stop taking unhealthy or harmful foods, drinks, or drugs into your body for a period of time, in order to improve your health .” Detoxing is not an easy process. In order to be successful, the NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) has listed a few treatment parameters:

  • Addiction is a complex, but treatable disease that affects brain function and behavior.
  • No single treatment is appropriate for everyone.
  • Treatment needs to be readily available.
  • Effective treatment attends to multiple needs of the individual, not just his or her drug abuse.
  • Remaining in treatment for an adequate period of time is critical.
  • Counseling—individual and/or group—and other behavioral therapies are the most commonly used forms of drug abuse treatment.
  • An individual’s treatment and services plan must be assessed continually and modified as necessary to ensure that it meets his or her changing needs.

Successful Detox – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helps patients develop an awareness of the situations that might lead to relapse, and teaches the skills needed for effectively avoiding or coping with these situations. This type of therapy is an integral part of inpatient treatment programs and plays a major role in the successful recovery rates of their patients.

Research shows CBT to have a 50% success rate for all mental illness clients, with depression sufferers achieving far better results with CBT than with anti-depressant medications.

Why an Inpatient Detox Facility?

According to NIDA, “Addiction is a brain disease that affects multiple brain circuits, including those involved in reward and motivation, learning and memory, and inhibitory control over behavior. Because addiction is typically a chronic disease, people cannot simply stop using drugs for a few days and be cured. Most patients require long-term or repeated episodes of care to achieve the ultimate goal of sustained abstinence and recovery of their lives.” To that end, inpatient facilities provide customized programs to the individuals’ needs in order to break the chain of destructive behavior.

Most inpatient facilities’ programs last from 30 to 90 days and include both detox and a period of intense therapy. Patients often stay past the 30 days, often for a few months. This long-term treatment helps the person change their behaviors and become successful and functioning well in their lives. In treating addiction as a disease, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can be used to treat the source of the addiction. Because long-term and/or continual care may be needed, inpatient detox facilities can provide support and bond with the individual in order to provide help in time of need.

Detox, A Fresh Start

Detox offers the means to a fresh start. Through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at an inpatient facility, individuals who may have in the past failed to successfully complete a detox, can receive the support needed to succeed. Discovering the reasons that are at the root of the addictions and receiving the tools needed to have the victory can be achieved.

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