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Detoxification or "detox" for short means a process in which all harmful toxins of a drug is removed from the body's system. If a person stops taking a drug quickly, serious side effects such as hallucinations or coma can occur. This is called withdrawal and it can be a timely and complicated process. Also, it can be so unpleasant that an addict does not often wish to seek treatment. It is best done in a medical facility where trained professionals may administer medications that can eliminate cravings and offer counseling to help find the reason for the addiction.

Drug detox often uses medication such as Xanax or Valium to help ease the anxiety and sleeplessness that can accompany withdrawal symptoms. The use of medication helps to reestablish the brain function that has been suppressed due to taking drugs. Using medications that have an addiction risk themselves may sound contradictory; however, studies have shown that this method helps a patient focus more completely on the rest of the substance abuse treatment program. Detox alone is not considered treatment; it is the first step in rehabilitation. If a person does not receive counseling and health treatment then they are more likely to go back to their old ways.

Medical and emotional treatment is not the only focus of drug rehab. The health of a patient is very important. Many drug abusers do not eat well nor do they take of their personal hygiene. Most facilities will offer nutrition and physical wellness programs. In this environment personal hygiene must be also be attended to on a daily basis.

Prescription drug abuse has risen in the past several years and is now considered to be the second highest abuse problem in the U.S. Almost 20 percent of the population has admitted to using prescription medication for something other than what it was prescribed for. Many people do not seek help for their prescription problem because they feel that if a physician gave them the medication, then how can it be addictive.

Detox from prescription drugs is often harder than illicit drugs such as heroin, cocaine or marijuana due to the fact that prescription drugs are much easier to obtain and even in rehab people have been known to become addicted to a drug used to treat the withdrawal symptoms.

There are drug treatment centers that will provide services to a certain group of people. Teenagers and young adults may need treatment that differs from older adults. This group often faces peer pressure more than older people and in a facility designed for them part of the treatment will focus on handling this pressure. Older people may be addicted to drugs due to family problems, or work related stress. Counseling for them can include ways to address these problems.

Drug detox is only the beginning for a person who wants to quit. Without admitting that there is a problem nothing will work. Even the best rehab program will do no good if a person does not want to get help.


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