It’s essential that treatment centers offer medical care for those looking for a safe place to recover from a drug or alcohol addiction. The steps to recovery can be long and difficult, and it takes treatment of the whole person to be truly successful. That means going through a safe detox program in addition to other treatment like meeting with a licensed therapist. Here’s a detailed look at why the best recovery centers have medical care available.
Full Recovery in One Location
Many treatment centers don’t have medical care available. Rather, they focus on emotional and spiritual healing while also relying heavily on the individual’s support system. This part of healing is key to full recovery, to be sure. But choosing a recovery center that doesn’t provide medical care typically means that you or your loved one will need to detox first at home, at a detox center, or in a hospital. Detoxing can be dangerous and should be supervised by medical staff.
It’s difficult to be consistent when you first have to find a safe space to detox and then begin treatment at a different center. Consistency is a staple to a full and successful recovery, so the road to rehabilitation may be longer and more difficult when receiving treatment at a facility without medical care. You or your loved one need to have a reliable and consistent team of therapists, doctors, nurses, friends, and family to offer support during every step of the recovery process.
Detox in a Safe Place
Detoxing from a drug or alcohol addiction can be a frightening experience. Withdrawal symptoms can vary in severity depending on the type of addiction and how long the addiction has lasted. Those who have used drugs or alcohol for a longer period, or who have used a large amount at each use, are likely to experience more severe withdrawal symptoms.
Here’s a quick look at some withdrawal symptoms you or your loved one may experience while detoxing from a drug or alcohol addiction:
- high blood pressure,
- nausea and vomiting,
- extreme anxiety,
- pain in muscles and bones,
- fever and chills,
- racing heart,
- and more.
You should also expect extreme mood swings in the person experiencing withdrawals. They might become angry, depressed, and even aggressive at times. Sometimes those going through withdrawal attempt to harm themselves. These symptoms can last anywhere from seven to 14 days or more. It can be very difficult and stressful for loved ones to provide a safe place during this period of detox and withdrawal, so it’s best for detoxing to happen at a facility with medical care.
Having a medical team at the care center makes it a safe place to detox and handle the symptoms of withdrawal. This is essential for any period of detox, but it’s especially needed in cases where the addiction has been prolonged and severe.
Dangers of Withdrawals: Delirium Tremens
Delirium tremens, also known as withdrawal tremens, is a very serious form of withdrawal that can occur during alcohol detox. It most often exhibits itself within 48 hours of the last drink after a long period of heavy drinking. This dangerous withdrawal is known for causing extreme confusion that comes on rapidly. It also changes the body’s ability to regulate blood and breathe normally.
The symptoms of delirium tremens typically last a few days but can remain for up to eight days. Symptoms may include:
- high fever,
- extreme confusion,
- bouts of intense anger,
- losing consciousness,
- and excessive sweating.
The changes in the brain caused by the withdrawal are potentially life-threatening when not properly treated by medical professionals. Without treatment, studies show that 37% of cases end in death. Immediately treating delirium tremens significantly reduces the risk of death. Less than 4% of patients hospitalized with delirium tremens lost their lives due to complications. That’s why it’s essential that treatment centers offer medical care to support those detoxing from alcohol.
Integrated Holistic Treatment
Drug and alcohol addictions cause chemical imbalances that can permanently change the way the user’s brain functions. This can cause personality changes and disorders like depression, social anxiety, and more. Over time these changes have a negative impact on every aspect of your own life or that of your loved one. It makes it difficult to maintain relationships and function in society.
This is why it’s so important to integrate medical treatment with emotional and spiritual healing. Various treatments like IV amino acid therapy can be a huge help in correcting chemical imbalances in the brain. Treatment centers that offer medical care can do more to help individuals on the road to recovery by providing amino acid therapy and other treatments that aren’t available without medical staff on site.
Integrated treatment may also include other things like a workout routine, nutritional therapy, meditation, massage, and acupuncture. All of these are part of a holistic approach to rehabilitation from drug and alcohol addiction. It’s essential to treat the whole person and not just the physical body if you’re looking for complete recovery and rehabilitation. Healing the soul, for example, can be effectively done through therapy and counseling.
Ardù Recovery Center Offers Around-the-Clock Medical Care
If you or someone you love is suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction, there is hope for a brighter future. While not all treatment centers offer medical care, Ardù Recovery Center has medical staff on-site every day. We’ve got licensed therapists, nurses, and doctors available to treat difficulties as they arise. This means you won’t have to detox at a different facility and then move to a recovery center.
Ardù Recovery Center covers it all, including IV amino acid therapy. We offer detox programs, mindfulness approached recovery, and programs specific for young adults, men, and women.
The road to recovery can be long, but our team of addiction recovery professionals will be by your side every step of the way. Contact us today and schedule an appointment to tour our facility in Provo, Utah.