Why A Medically Monitored Detox Could Save Your Life Instead Of Trying To Do It Yourself

When someone feels their drug abuse has gone too far, it’s seemingly an easy task to just stop using. Why it’s not such an easy task is because an addiction might be involved. Substance addiction involves the physical and psychological need for the user’s substance of choice. Any attempts to stop “cold turkey” could cause a laundry list of potential problems, some of which could be quite serious.

It would be easy to simply state that a medically-monitored detox program is a much better solution. However, there needs to be some context in order for people to understand why that’s true. If there’s one thing we know about drug addicts is they often take a bit of convincing. It’s not easy for many substance abusers to even admit they have a problem. Trying to convince them a certain course of treatment is a better idea had better include some facts.

Before a meaningful discussion can begin, there needs to be an understanding of just how serious withdrawal symptoms can be. With almost any kind of substance abuse, there is going to be certain withdrawal symptoms that could come to light once the addicts suddenly stops using their drug of choice. While the possible withdrawal symptoms will vary, depending on the substance(s) involved, some of the worst possible withdrawal symptoms would be:

  • Tremors, hallucinations and seizures
  • A full arsenal of mood related issues (depression, anxiety)
  • Heart and breathing problems
  • Blood pressure issues (too high, too low)
  • Sleepiness or sleeplessness
  • Severe muscle and stomach cramping issues
  • Digestive tract issues like constipation or diarrhea

Clearly, this list includes some rather serious issues. In some extreme cases, withdrawal symptoms can be lethal. For that reason alone, one should be hesitant to make a decision about not using their drug(s) of choice without at least consulting with a doctor. Most doctors will recommend the patient seek help from a professional treatment center. The question is why?

Why a Medically-Monitored Detox Instead of Do It Yourself Detox

We have established the primary concern that comes with the cessation of drug abuse. The possible withdrawal symptoms can create significant problems, including life-threatening issues. No one wants to encounter those kinds of problems.

Aside from the possible health risks, there’s another reason why an inpatient detox program would be preferred over a do-it-yourself detox. When someone tries to stop on their own, they have little to no accountability. Their foe is an addiction they probably don’t understand. The addiction is usually more powerful than one’s will to stop using in earnest. Without accountability, it’s too easy for the addict to simply start using again when the bad withdrawal symptoms start to take hold. It’s not uncommon for the individual to realize their drug of choice is the solution to the pain and suffering that often comes with withdrawal symptoms.

A professional detox center offers accountability. There are people there who will make sure the patient stays on tract, even when doing so becomes uncomfortable. To further convince someone why a detox program is a better solution, we want to discuss the possible benefits of such a program.

Safety and Comfort

Based on the withdrawal symptoms listed above, it should be clear that the withdrawal process could get uncomfortable, if not downright painful. A medically-monitored detox program features medical staffers whose job it is to make sure detox patients are safe and as comfortable as possible. In many cases, the medical staff stands at the ready to offer certain medications to help relieve certain symptoms. Sleeping issues, tremors (convulsions) and cramping come to mind.

Addiction treatment is a process where detox is usually the first step. By keeping the patient comfortable, it increases the likelihood the patient will be able to stick with the entire treatment program. People are funny about pain. Once it starts, their first instinct is to flee. Fleeing for an addict usually means leaving rehab and starting to abuse substances again.

Preparation for Therapy

The overriding goal of detox is to prepare the patient for the rigors of therapy and counseling. It takes a lot of hard work and focus to talk to counselors about the personal issues that might have led to the initial substance abuse.

A healthy detox program allows the patient to clear their mind and body of cravings and residual substances that harm the body. Free from the chains that bind, a patient is more likely to have clarity of thought. This clarity allows them better communicate their feelings. It also gives them the ability to understand the importance of developing better coping skills. It’s these skills that hold the key to a recovering addict being able to avoid triggers and subsequent relapses.

Isolation From Environmental Influences

For most addicts, the home environment is where their addiction was given birth. It’s here that they can find their drug dealers, drug using friends and even enablers. An inpatient detox program offers the perfect opportunity to get away from temptations and triggers. Remember, detox is just the start of the recovery process. Any and all time spent in an inpatient facility is time the patient is isolated from interference from the home environment. Any attempts to even detox on their own will certainly fail if the old drug friends come a calling with drugs in hand.

The biggest reason why a detox program is better than a self-detox process is because it has a much higher success rate. Actually, very few people are able to get through even the detox process on their own without some help.

If you are ready to stop drinking or using drugs, we urge you to not try it on you own. The risks involved are too serious, including possible death. For a safe and comfortable detox and treatment process, we hope you will pick up the phone and call our facility at 877-978-3125. Our counselors are available for your call 24/7/365.

Real Client Testimonials

  • Before coming to coastal I was hopeless, helpless, and my family wanted nothing to do with me. It wasn’t the first detox I’d ever been to, but it was the only one who showed me so much love and compassion. They gave me hope. It’s hard to put into words the amount of gratitude I have for this facility. The employees were my family when I had none. The staff went out of their way to make sure not only were my physical needs taken care of, but my emotional needs as well. From the first phone call prior to admission, to helping me set up continuing care, they never missed a beat. Even going as far as to help me with my legal issues via Zoom court. This isn’t just a detox, they are the family I never had. All of the techs, especially Karen, are phenomenal. They will take the time to listen to you, laugh, and cry(if needed) with you. If you are reading this and you or your loved one is suffering like I was, go to Coastal Detox. The level of care is more than I could ever put into a review. It wasn’t the first detox I’d been to, but it has been my last; I owe them everything I have today, including my life.

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    Travis B.
    12/07/2020
  • Had a really good experience at Coastal. The staff really went above and beyond in helping me get in and gave me the respect l, space and care I needed after I first got there. As I started to fell better they encouraged me to take part in groups which helped get me out of my head and bring positivity and health to my thinking. They had a great massage therapist, who came daily and it was evident the nursing staff genuinely cared. Got to know some of the staff as well and I’m grateful for the cooks Joe and Chris. Those guys literally made us sirloins and pork chops for dinner. Also I gotta thank Chris and Chris for helping me get in and setting me up with a transition plan. Real grateful for that help, I’m not sure if it’s management intention to hire guys named Chris but they got a good thing going there. Overall, I’m clean and sober today and walking it out. Coastal gave me a base that set me up for the success that I’m walking in today

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    Brandon B.
    1/16/2020
  • My family is very thankful for Coastal Detox. They have went above and beyond for my son a few times. Unfortunately he has needed their help more than once and they have ever turned their back on him, even when he was at his worst. Jeannie and Chris have been amazing and kept me informed through the entire process. They truly care about the addict and want to help them especially when it would be easy to give up on them. I had many detox facilities be rude and uncaring to me when I was searching for help for my son, but Coastal never did that to us. I don't know the names of all the team members that have helped my son but I know their are many and y'all are angels!! One day we will be able to pay it forward and help someone as you have helped us. Thank you for all you do!!

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    Brenda A.
    1/01/2020
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
    I highly recommend Coastal Detox

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    Susan C.
    11/13/2019
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
    I highly recommend Coastal Detox

    Susan C. Avatar
    Susan C.
    11/06/2019

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