The world is in an unpredictable state right now as we all are trying to figure out what the new “normal” is during this pandemic. Although a lot of other industries have ceased working from the office, treatment facilities like ours at Coastal Detox have been deemed essential. Despite the current state of the world, we are here to help you overcome your addiction just as we were before this all started.
Addiction and the Importance of Treatment
When it comes to substance abuse disorders, the grip they can have on someone’s life can become unbearable. This can be even more prevalent during this time because a lot of individuals are isolated from others causing loneliness. Many people will use drugs and alcohol to cope with the loss of a job, not being able to see family, or the confusion they may be feeling about the current situation.
The first step to ridding an individual’s body of the substance they’re addicted to will be through the process of medical detoxification. Here at Coastal Detox, we have developed specialized plans for both alcohol and drug detoxification.
When the highest level of care is provided, the detox process runs smoothly and without complications. We believe that if we provide you with the information necessary to better understand what to expect during detox treatment, your stay at our facility will be more helpful.
How the Pandemic Can Cause Increased Addiction
Since there is not much certainty and direction right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of people are facing the unknown of what will happen next. The implemented social distancing practices that each state is currently under are forcing family and friends to stay away from one another, as well as companies to completely shut their doors.
Although these requirements are put into place for safety reasons, they are causing a lot of other issues to arise. One of the main problems is that the unemployment rate is rising by the day. This is preventing individuals from being able to provide for themselves and their families.
This can cause rates of addiction to also rise because it can be used to forget what is currently going on. This is why facilities like ours are so essential during this time.
How to Spot Addiction
Addiction is a disease that causes an individual to become dependent on the effects of a substance. When this occurs, the affected person is not able to cease use on their own without professional assistance.
There are two different categories of signs to look out for when trying to figure out if someone close to you has developed a substance abuse addiction. These are physical signs and behavioral signs. Both types may be difficult to spot because an individual has become really good at hiding them. Others may only take you a few weeks to recognize.
Some behavioral signs of addiction could be those related to social isolation, like preferring to be by oneself rather than in a crowd. This can include straying from friendships, job opportunities, and relationships that were once important to an individual. They may also show signs of extremism, like extreme anger, sadness, or drowsiness. Most of the time, these types of symptoms will worsen the longer the addiction goes on.
Physical signs of drug and alcohol dependence can start to show up automatically after someone has started abusing a substance. Some of these can include:
- Bloodshot eyes from fatigue
- Body odor from not taking care of oneself
- Lack of care on appearance
- Damage to major arteries and organs from continual use
- Discolored skin
- Teeth erosion and yellowing
Should You Seek Treatment During this Time?
Despite what is going on, it is important to realize that seeking treatment is still extremely important. If you are concerned about attending treatment for health safety reasons, we are required under law to practice all new requirements set in place. Masks are worn by all health professionals in our facilities, and we are sanitizing more carefully than ever.
Although it is important to be extra cautious during this time, your mental and physical wellbeing is also equally important. This is why our facilities have remained open during this time.
What is the First Step to Recovery?
At Coastal Detox, we believe the first step in the recovery process will be our medical detox program. This program will help determine how severe the addiction is that someone is facing. It will also help our medical professionals to devise a plan for future treatments after the detox has been completed.
What is Medical Detox?
Medical detox is a process that uses the type of substance that an individual is addicted to rid their body completely of it over a period of time. Since the administering of the substance is monitored by our Coastal Detox professionals, it will no longer be used in a recreational fashion while the patient is in our care.
There are three stages (mild, moderate, and severe) that a recovering addict can be placed into while we perform our detox treatment. Depending on the stage they are placed into will determine how long their detox lasts. For example, a mild addiction will probably require a couple of days of detox while a severe addiction could take weeks to overcome.
What to Expect During the Detox Process
Medical detox will not be an enjoyable experience by any means, but it is necessary for the success of the remainder of the treatment process. Because the body is dependent on the type of substance that an individual has been abusing, it will likely cause painful side effects called withdrawal symptoms.
After these symptoms subside, our professionals will transfer each patient to the type of treatment they believe best suits their needs. This can be anything from our residential inpatient treatment to our outpatient programs.
This part of the process is extremely uncomfortable, but that’s why we offer 24-hour assistance from our staff. Detox helps to start the recovery process, but it does not help the patient learn different ways to cope with their addiction disorders.
Withdrawal symptoms are painful side effects of going through the detox process. These are why it’s almost impossible to recover from addiction without medical assistance. Some of these can include:
- Severe headaches
- Pain in the joints and bones
- Trouble breathing or shortness of breath
- Fatigue or insomnia that causes interrupted sleep patterns
- Coexisting disorder development like anxiety and depression
It is possible that withdrawal symptoms can be so severe that they become deadly. Patients have experienced strokes, seizures, and heart attacks from their bodies reacting to the detox process.
Once a person enters our program, the detox process will start immediately. The first stage of withdrawal symptoms will begin approximately 8 hours after the last drink of alcohol or substance use. This will cause abdominal pain in the patient and possibly interrupted sleep patterns.
The second stage will begin around 24 hours after drinking or using the substance for the last time. Small dosages of whatever was being abused will be administered during this portion of detox. The amount will be nowhere near what the patient’s body is used to though, and this can cause symptoms of high blood pressure, body temperature change, and confusion.
The last stage will happen through the 2-4 days after the last use. This is where things can become severe and even life-threatening if individuals do not have professional and medical help. With the care of our medical professionals, we will do everything we can to prevent severe discomfort and medical issues.
Once detox is complete, a comprehensive timeline of the rest of the patient’s treatment will be created. Because detox can take up to a couple of weeks to complete, this will determine how long treatment will last. Usually, patients stay in our facilities for periods of 30, 60, or 90 days depending on the severity of their addiction.
The level of treatment will be determined once our staff has a better understanding of the patient’s needs. The most intensive type of treatment we offer is our residential treatment. This includes services like our executive program that allows working professionals to attend treatment while still maintaining their job schedules. Outpatient treatments are also offered to our patients who have mild addictions.
Relapse Prevention and Recovery Management
We understand that not only are extensive treatments needed during detox and therapy, but they are extremely beneficial after completing our program. At Coastal Detox, we offer recovery management programs for our patients who have graduated from our facilities. This gives each patient one year of support and further coaching to avoid relapse once back in the outside world.
We offer this program because the chances of relapse are so high amongst recovering addicts who have just left treatment. To avoid relapse and having to detox once again, we allow our past patients access to our therapists and professionals. This allows them to have a support system to lean on in hard situations and periods of confusion they may face after leaving our facility.
Our staff helps these individuals set work and relationship goals and continue to practice their relapse prevention techniques we taught them while in our programs. We hope this allows each individual to hold themselves accountable and recognize if they are developing toxic behaviors again.
Coastal Detox is Here to Help
Our staff is on call 24/7 to receive your calls and messages during this pandemic. Once you have decided our facility is the best option for recovery, our licensed professionals will evaluate your mental state and develop the treatment plan best suited for you. We want you to understand that we are here to assist you every step of the way to ensure no questions go unanswered.
Regaining control of your life depends on the desire to make it happen. Don’t let addiction take any more of your time away. Please contact us at any time to find out how our addiction recovery facility can help you release the grip of addiction.