Finding the courage to seek help may be the first step towards recovery, but medical detox is the first process one must accomplish when beginning treatment. The drug or alcohol medical detox process allows an addict's body to rid itself of any remnants of a drug while re-balancing the concentration of chemicals in the brain. The process may only last from five to 10 days depending on the severity of the withdrawal symptoms, but it can feel like it lasts forever. This might be why many addicts are reluctant to seek treatment.
Thankfully, medical detox centers provide a medically-managed plan that eases the plight of cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Medically-managed means that the patients receive medicine that is specifically designed to ease and reduce withdrawal symptoms while curbing cravings.
To learn more about facilities and treatment program options available to help rid the body of a drug addiction, contact Boise Drug Treatment Centers today at (208) 272-9857.
At medical detox facilities, medical professionals believe that the transition from addiction to sobriety should be as smooth and comfortable as possible. The compassionate and supportive staff works hard to assist the patients through the detox process in any way they can. It is of the utmost importance that patients feel safe and welcome at facilities, so that the process can run smoothly and efficiently while providing the addict the relief they seek.
When patients are admitted to drug and alcohol rehab centers, the importance of education is stressed for a long-lasting recovery and life of sobriety. It is a priority to teach all of the patients about the scientific basis of substance dependence. If patients can come to an understanding about the underlying causes of addiction, then they can be better equipped to face the challenges headed their way during their recovery.
When drugs enter the body, they bind to specific receptors on the membrane of brain cells, or neurons. This sets into motion a number of physiological responses that lead to the effects that drug addicts yearn for. Most drugs work by either enhancing or inhibiting the communication between neurons. For example, cocaine works by enhancing cellular communication, and that's why it has such powerful stimulating effects.
Excitation and inhibition are caused by a change in the concentration of neurotransmitters, which are chemical messengers in the brain. Generally speaking, psychoactive drugs work by increasing the amount of specific neurotransmitters in the area between neurons. The most important neurotransmitter involved in the rewarding effects of drug use is dopamine.
Dopamine is present in many regions of the brain, but the most important region associated with addiction is known as the reward pathway. When an influx of dopamine hits the reward pathway, it ensures that the behavior that caused it is reinforced. Reinforcement means that it is more likely that the behavior is repeated in the future. At alcohol and drug detox centers, patients can learn not only why certain substances have this effect but how they can cope with it and achieve sobriety.
If you've find yourself in the midst of a serious drug addiction, then now is the perfect time to seek help. Recovery may seem like wishful thinking, but we assure you that it is possible for anyone. It takes hard work, motivation and, most importantly, it takes time. Give Boise Drug Treatment Centers a call at (208) 272-9857, and we'll help you find the best center and treatment program option to get you started on the road to recovery.