Detoxification is the physiological elimination of toxic substances or drugs by a living organism, including but not limited to, the human body and can also refer to the period of withdrawal during which a body returns to homeostasis after long use of an addictive substance. In conventional medicine, detoxification can be achieved by just decontamination of the ingested poison and the use of antidotes, as well as techniques such as dialysis and, in a very few cases, chelation therapy. There are very many types of body detox.
Alcohol detoxification in particular, is a process whereby the drinker‘s system is returned to normal after being used to having alcohol in the body continuously. Serious results of alcohol dependence usually decrease the production of GABA neuro-inhibitor, as alcohol acts to replace them. Sudden withdrawal of alcohol dependence over time without medical care may cause serious health problems and can be fatal. Alcohol detox is not a treatment for alcoholism. After detox, other therapies should be addressing the underlying addiction that led to the consumption of alcohol.
Drug treatment used to reduce or relieve withdrawal symptoms while helping the individual adapt to life without the use depends drug detoxification is not intended to treat addiction, but a first step in the long-term treatment. Detox can be achieved without drugs or using drugs as an aspect of treatment.
Often, detox and treatment will be in a community program that lasts several months and takes place in a residential area rather than health center. Drug treatment varies with the location of treatment, but most detox centers treat to prevent the physical symptoms of withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs.
Most also include counseling and therapy during detox to help with the consequences of withdrawal. There are several ways to go about taking care of additions but detox is the first step.
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