residential detox

Is Residential Detox Necessary for Recovery?

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), detox is a necessary part of recovery. But as this leader in study and awareness of the behavioral science of addiction also clarifies, detox is only the first step toward recovery. Rehabilitation after detox is required for long-term freedom from addiction.

How Residential Detox Helps Patients Prepare for Rehab

Residential detox helps patients working to overcome substance use disorders prepare for treatment by cleansing the body of abused substances. This detoxification is often initially a source of great stress for patients who feel overwhelmed by the psychological burden of recovery. However, by enlisting the help of professional detox providers in a residential setting, patients are able to comfortably remove the drugs or alcohol from their system while gaining the support and guidance they need to prepare for rehab.

Also according to SAMHSA, residential detox is an opportunity to do the following:

  • Make concise plans for your future with the newfound clarity of sobriety
  • Clear your life of people with whom you formerly used
  • Acknowledge sources of anger and other emotions that lead you to use, so you can address and avoid those triggers
  • Enlist support from friends and family
  • Map new routes to avoid exposure to dealers and bars
  • Determine who you should not expose yourself to during recovery, due to their frequent use of substances you must avoid
  • Enlist help from loved ones to clean your home and car of items used for substance abuse
  • List the bad effects of alcohol and drugs on your life so you can gain strength toward rehab’s purpose while gaining hope for recovery
  • Rest, relax and sleep to prepare and energize for rehab

Residential Detox Builds Physical Strength

Residential detoxification doesn’t just cleanse the body of abused substances. It also helps strengthen the body in preparation for rehabilitation and a healthier future.

When patients have abused drugs or alcohol for a period of time, their bodies are most often depleted of essential nutrients. Imbalanced nutrition can not only make detox symptoms stronger, but can also lead to less efficient cognitive processes, poor decision making, mood problems and general poor health. During daily supervised detox with 24-hour support, patients enjoy well-balanced, nutritious meals to bring their bodies back to good health.

Nutritional support during residential detox may sound like a minor consideration but it isn’t. This supportive care can help ensure that patients make the right decision toward rehab and ultimate recovery. It can also help prevent them from becoming dehydrated, physically ill and excessively uncomfortable during the detox process. These feelings often lead patients back to their substance abuse.

1st Step Behavioral Health Provides a Continuum from Detox to Aftercare

1st Step Behavioral Health supports patients from detox through aftercare by providing a continuum of support, care and guidance that they need to gain solid footing in early recovery. Without this type of support, recovery can be tentative and short-lived, at best.

At 1st Step Behavioral Health, detox is safe and uses professional medical treatments to help manage symptoms of withdrawal. These measures can only be accomplished in a residential setting like that of 1st Step Behavioral Health, and will ensure patients don’t fall victim to seizures, respiratory depression or stroke.

If you (or someone you love) are ready to leave substance abuse behind and enjoy a supportive continuum of detox and rehabilitative care, 1st Step Behavioral Health can help. Call (866) 319-6126 now for more information about residential detoxification at 1st Step Behavioral Health, where your new life is ready to begin.