In this video Joshua Persoff, a certified Chemical Dependency expert, discusses drug and alcohol detox.
Process of Detox
When someone enters a detox, he goes through the following things:
- First, the in-take person checks whether their insurance covers for the detox facility or not.
- Then the nurse checks a person, runs all tests, gets the patient’s history, and identifies the current medical condition of the patient.
- Later, the family and addict get orientation related to the detox program and what they should expect from it.
- The process of detox starts by getting the addict on medications.
How Is Detox Helpful?
Joshua explains the importance of going through detox with professional help with the examples of alcohol and benzodiazepines. He goes on by saying that benzodiazepines take the longest time to detox, which can be up to 3-4 weeks. According to him, marijuana does not necessarily require a medical detox, but other substances like alcohol require medical detox.
Withdrawal from these substances can lead to potentially fatal seizures. It is highly recommended, therefore, to go through detox in the safe environment of a facility.
Is Detox A Fix To Addiction?
Joshua states that detox is not a fix to addiction; it is, however, the important first step to recovery. After detox, patients are usually recommended to pursue treatment at either out-patients facilities or in-patient facilities. Even when they recover, Joshua recommends them to attend aftercare programs such as sober living to minimize the chances of relapse.