Prior to beginning active rehab at Koh Chang, a client may require treatment at an alcohol or drug detox center. This is an important first step for treatment for many individuals. Alcohol and drug addiction detox assures that someone begins rehab when they are physically ready. DARA partners with an internationally accredited hospital in Bangkok to provide services, when an inpatient detox stay is necessary. We feel confident that our clients receive the highest level of care in Bangkok Hospital-Trat’s medical evaluation unit, and drug and alcohol detox center.
Understanding the importance of alcohol and drug addiction detox is important. The primary goal is two-fold: manage detox symptoms safely, and stabilize someone’s physical and emotional state so that they are ready for the active, and challenging, work of recovery. Not every client that receives rehab at DARA will require medical detox, but we are able to help those who do.
Why Alcohol & Drug Addiction Detox is Important
When someone’s body becomes used to the constant presence drugs or alcohol in their system, a physical dependence occurs. When drugs or alcohol are abruptly stopped, withdrawal symptoms occur. Depending on the individual and their specific length and type of addiction, withdrawal symptoms can range from mild to severe. Severe withdrawal symptoms can be life-threatening, and must be medically managed by a physician. Even milder symptoms can make it very hard to concentrate on the recovery process, and must be alleviated before true rehab can begin. This is why alcohol and drug addiction detox at a professional alcohol and drug detox center is so important prior to beginning the recovery process at DARA.
Medications at Bangkok Hospital-Trat’s drug and alcohol detox center may be given to help manage many of the more uncomfortable symptoms of detox, as well as for treatment of severe medical issues.
Some common withdrawal symptoms include:
- Feelings of nervousness or irritability
- Mood swings
- Night mares
- Inability to think clearly
- Difficulty sleeping
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Rapid heart rate
More severe symptoms include:
- Severe agitation and confusion
Medical issues that may need attention during a stay in a drug detox center or alcohol detox center:
- Correcting dehydration
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Management of medical problems such as hypertension or diabetes
Specific withdrawal symptoms will depend on the kind of addiction involved. In addition, each person has an individual physiological response during withdrawal. The most important thing to remember is that a safe and careful alcohol and drug addiction detox allows someone to truly be ready to focus on recovery.
A medical detox program provides appropriate levels of medication and medical monitoring during the alcohol detox process. There are effective medications that are used in a medical alcohol and drug detox center which take the edge off of withdrawal symptoms. These medications treats the physical dependency, without the intoxication of the alcohol or drugs. These drugs are prescribed by a physician who is experienced in alcohol and drug addictions.