Drug and Alcohol DetoxSSR-detox

South Shores Detox & Treatment understand that addiction to drugs and alcohol is an illness that has its roots in altered brain functioning and structure. This is characterized by the individual who, having crossed over from recreational use into addiction, no longer has the ability to stop himself from the dangers of “using”. Such individuals sadly continue in their addiction even though “hospitals, institutions & death” are the eventual results for them. Addiction has been attributed to environmental, genetic and developmental factors making it an extremely difficult illness to treat, hence why so many people struggle through multiple relapses until they finally “get it”, if they get it at all. But at South Shores we do not despair, we have seen, as well have been the most hopeless cases recover from a seemingly hopeless state of mind. We do this through a multi-prong attack that sees each guest receive a therapeutic, experiential & communal treatment that helps move the addict from a war zone to a place of healing.

What is a detox?

Though there are several steps in finding full recovery from drug and alcohol addiction none is more important than the first step of treatment known as Detoxification or Detox. This is the beginning of the journey of the guest and a vital step in seeing the individual get the opportunity to accept his/her treatment. The goal of this phase is returning the guests body to its prior state of being before being physically addicted to drugs or alcohol. If this step is not taken fully and safely then the guest never gets the opportunity to be fully clean (or clear) to realize His/Her treatment. South Shores is committed to helping those under our care to detox completely so that they can be fully present for the recovery process to begin and endure.
Detoxification is different for each type of substance. Below are some facts about various types of detoxification and how South Shores Recovery works with you to safely rid your body of these substances:  
Alcohol Detoxification
Alcohol: Many people think that alcohol detox is as simple as going “cold turkey,” but this is not the case. Most people are unaware that alcohol withdrawal is potentially lethal. An integrative detoxification period is advised for those who have become addicted to alcohol. Alcohol withdrawal can manifest itself in several ways, including:
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Anxiety and sweaty palms
  • Headaches and dizziness
  • Fever
  • Fatigue or exhaustion
  • Rapid heartbeat and tremors
  • D.T.’s or delirium tremens, the medical term for a condition in which clients may hallucinate
  • Confusion
  • Seizures
 
Cocaine Detoxification
Cocaine: Cocaine addiction is one of the most powerfully addictive drugs. Cocaine offers a powerful and intense “high,” causing serious depression and exhaustion when the effects of the drug wear off. Cocaine withdrawal includes both psychological and physical symptoms, including:
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability and anxiety
  • Fatigue and depression
  • Chills and body aches
  • Tremors
  • Muscular pain
 
Methamphetamine Detoxification
Meth: Methamphetamine, or “crystal meth,” is an extremely addictive drug that stimulates the central nervous system. In recent years, meth use has skyrocketed throughout the United States. Meth addicts risk strokes, brain damage and other serious physical complications, making detoxification a crucial component in the recovery process. Chronic use of methamphetamines may result in serious symptoms during withdrawal, such as:
  • Paranoia and anxiety
  • Violent mood swings and aggression
  • Insomnia
  • Hallucinations
  • Heart arrhythmia
 
Benzodiazepine Detoxification
Benzodiazepine: Benzodiazepines or “Benzos” are a group of drugs classified as sedatives. Normally Benzos are prescribed under the names Xanax, Ativan, Valium, or Klonopin to treat anxiety, muscle spasm and seizures. Benzos may also be used to treat alcohol withdrawal. These drugs act on the central nervous system, producing a very relaxed sensation and lowering of anxiety. Detoxing from benzodiazepines should only be done with proper clinical supervision. Benzodiazepine withdrawal comprises extreme and often dangerous symptoms, including:
  • Anxiety and irritability
  • Body tremors, particularly of the hands
  • Low energy levels
  • Disturbed sleep patterns
  • Cognitive difficulty and confusion
  • Nausea
  • Seizures
   
Opiate Detoxification
Opiates: Opiates are a group of drugs derived from the opium plant. They include codeine, morphine, Vicodin, oxycontin, oxycodone and heroin. Opiates are used as painkillers and are extremely addictive depending on how long the person has been taking the drug and how much he or she uses. Opiate withdrawal without proper detoxification is extremely difficult and dangerous. Common symptoms of opiate withdrawal include:
  • Anxiety and agitation
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Insomnia
  • Abdominal cramps and diarrhea
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Seizures
   
Heroin Detoxification
Heroin: Heroin is a highly addictive drug that is a derivative of morphine. It has been illegal for almost 100 years in the United States due to its extremely addictive nature. Overdoses of heroin are common and cause many deaths. Thus a safe detox is essential for anyone suffering from an addiction to this dangerous drug. Heroin withdrawal symptoms can begin as soon as six hours after the last dose and may last up to seven days. Symptoms include:
  • Aches and pains
  • Diarrhea and upset stomach
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fever
  • Restlessness and insomnia
  • Seizures
   
Methadone Detoxification
Methadone: Methadone is used as a maintenance treatment for those with opiate addictions. Because methadone is synthetically manufactured as a substitute for opiates, the potential to become addicted is invariably high. Those who suffer from methadone addiction often have heart conditions and lung infections that require careful monitoring. Detoxing from methadone can be difficult. Clients may experience physical symptoms with onset approximately one day after the drug is stopped, including:
  • Lightheadedness
  • Tearing of the eyes
  • Sweating
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Body aches and uncontrollable shaking
  • Strong cravings
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
 
Suboxone Detoxification
Suboxone: Suboxone is often used to treat heroin, methadone and opiate dependencies. Many people are surprised to learn that it is possible to become addicted to this drug. However, buprenorphine, one of the chief components in Suboxone, is thought to be as much as 30 times more potent than morphine. This creates a critical dependency on the drug that requires supervised detox to remove. Detoxing from Suboxone dependency generally spans 14 days of supervised withdrawal. Post-acute symptoms can include:
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Headache
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Mood swings
  • Respiratory distress or depression
 

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