April 07, 2021
The 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) collected information for the use of illicit drug use including marijuana, heroin, hallucinogens, cocaine (including crack), inhalants, and methamphetamine, as well as for the misuse of prescription stimulants, sedatives, tranquilizers, and pain relievers.
It was found that the percentage of people aged 12 or older, who used illicit drugs in the past year grew from 47.7 million people (or 17.8 percent) in 2015 to 57.2 million people (or 20.8 percent) in 2019. The statistics warrant a public health threat in the view that drug dependence is associated with multiple short- and long-term effects. While short-term effects may include wakefulness, heart rate, blood pressure, changes in appetite, and/or mood to overdose, heart attack, stroke, psychosis, and even death; longer-term effects may comprise mental illness, addiction heart or lung disease, cancer, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and others.
Role of Detox in Treating Drug Dependence
Detox, in recent years, has evolved as a mandatory medical procedure to treat addiction to drugs, both illicit and prescription. Typically, any addiction our substance abuse treatment begins with identification of symptoms of addiction followed by detoxification or detox. Detox is a set of therapeutic interventions intended to manage acute intoxication due to drug use and withdrawals. The process involves elimination of toxins from the body of the patient, acutely intoxicated and/or struggling with substance abuse. Detox aims at minimizing the physical damaged caused by the presence of psychoactive substances in the body, either deliberately or accidentally.
Depending on type of the substance of abuse and severity of symptoms, different detox approaches may be considered for different patients. Moreover, it can be administered in a wide range of settings and at multiple levels of intensity within these settings. However, the most effective one is residential detox.
Advantages of a Residential Detox Program
Residential treatment of drug addiction is often considered more effective than outpatient care. You may find it daunting to stay in a rehab program 24X7, but that is how the chances of one’s recovering from drug dependence could increase. People seeking addiction treatment in residential detox have reported better and long-term recovery rate. Here are some of the major benefits of a residential detox program for addiction treatment.
Power of a Strict Routine
A strict, regular schedule may appear taxing at a distance but it allows patients battling drug addiction and dependence to focus on getting healthy. It squeezes the gaps of down time and doesn’t allow cravings to grow while stabilizing the not so pleasant moments of recovery. In addition, accountability and clear boundaries also prove effective helping people suffering from addiction redevelop willpower and the wish to live.
Chemical dependency tends to make an individual feel isolated, guilty, and misunderstood. Further, the stigma associated with addiction affects their treatment seeking behavior. In a residential detox program, they are free from the pressure of being judged or criticized.
A residential treatment center provides a community setting where everyone you meet is able to understand your pain and suffering. It allows you to know about others’ stories of struggle and success, thereby giving you courage and motivation to become sober again.
In a residential setting, you are surrounded by professional experts including medical staff and caretakers, who have an eye on you round the clock. Their expertise in identifying possible triggers, and sign and symptoms doesn’t let your our loved ones’ condition to deteriorate any further. Moreover, the recovery time is also shorter in an inpatient facility rather than in an outpatient facility.
For more information on residential detox, you can call our 24/7 mental health treatment helpline 866-548-0190.