Drugs are chemical substances known to alter the chemical composition of cells in the body and brain when administered into the body via the different means such as: injections, oral, sub-lingual, suppository, smoking or even snorting.
Prolonged drug usage and abuse can lead to increased tolerance, forcing the person taking the drug to seek higher quantities for the previous intensity of effects by smaller doses. Drug abuse (unregulated or excessive intake of the drug) is more likely to increase tolerance and form a habit than use because the unregulated intake changes the chemical composition of cells with no specific intervals. Drug use is the regulated intake of medications or drugs as instructed by doctors for treatment of illnesses an various afflictions.
Increased tolerance, forcing one to increasingly take higher quantities of the drug, can develop quickly into addiction – a compulsion characterized by psychological and physical reactions (called withdrawal symptoms) when the drug use is withdrawn or reduced. Addiction depletes one’s health, finances and social relationships, not to mention costing the economy funds in rehabilitating addicts.
This is the process through which drug addicts are helped to get off the drug and resume their normal lives. It takes a comprehensive treatment program to ensure the drug one is addicted to is withdrawn and the resulting withdrawals treated with another drug. This process of drug withdrawal and treatment of withdrawal symptoms is called detoxification or detox.
Detox should be carried out under the supervision of a detox doctor who can monitor and treat the withdrawals adequately and on time. It is very dangerous for one to try detoxification on their own because the withdrawal symptoms can be severe and potentially pose certain health risks if left unmonitored by medical professionals, especially if the one was chronically addicted to the drug.
Detoxification centers in Louisiana
There are public centers which offer detoxification programs for free or at greatly discounted prices because they are government funded or non-profit organizations. Privately owned centers charge the full fee for a detoxification program.
There also are private practitioners who offer their services at people’s residences. Whatever the venue of treatment is, there should be at least one qualified and experienced detox doctor and at least one substance abuse counselor.
One of the biggest problems hindering addiction treatment is lack of social support for the addicts and much stigma associated with drug abuse and addiction (where the drug abusers and addicts are colloquially referred to as ‘drug junkies’ or druggies’). It is with this in mind and the fact that dealing with drug withdrawals is very difficult that a comprehensive treatment program for addicts incorporates counseling.
Counseling enables the addicts/abusers of drugs to rise above what their peers may think of them (so that they stop indulging more and more into drug abuse in an effort to escape reality); hence decide to get help to quit the drug.
Counseling also helps the addicts address other factors (those they were trying to drown in the first place by the use of drugs) so that in addition to being fully physically detoxified, they will have no underlying factors pushing them towards the drug again. This is key to avoiding a relapse.