Missouri is one of the many places in the US which has a high prevalence of drug abuse. All sorts of drugs are abused including depressants (prescription painkillers, alcohol, cough suppressants and heroin), stimulants (such as cocaine, crystal meth, Ritalin etc.) and hallucinogens (marijuana and MDMA etc).
Substance abuse has many adverse effects, starting from the individual’s perspective, and on to the larger picture; where drug abuse/addiction affects the whole of society and the economy. Drug abuse leads to addiction – perpetual mental and physical dependence on the substance, making the person experience withdrawal symptoms if they stop or reduce the intake.
To recover from the problem, Missouri has many centers and facilities which help people quit these harmful habits. Giving up substance abuse, especially when one is already addicted, can prove harmful to the individual if not professionally administered, due to the withdrawal symptoms.
Missouri detoxification program
To help people get off drugs safely, Missouri has several government funded and privately run facilities/centers which carry out detoxification as well as help people rehabilitate. A treatment program for any type of addiction in a facility is important to ensure success and is essentially comprised of detox and therapy.
Detoxification is the process of helping drug addicts/abusers quit intake of the substance and to help the body eliminate whatever residue of the drugs are in the body. This process should always be done under the care of a qualified professional who can monitor and help in the management of the resulting withdrawals, adequately and on time.
Detoxification entails gradual withdrawal of the substance from the addict and the gradual treatment of the symptoms. Gradual withdrawal controls the onset and intensity of the symptoms; which make them more manageable, usually by means of a medication which the detox doctor administers.
The treatment medication is chosen on the basis of the initial stages of the detox, and then administered as seen fit. This means that as soon as the withdrawals are manageable, the treating drug is withdrawn (gradually if it has also been used for a prolonged period).
Detoxification is an important pillar of the treatment and rehabilitation of the individual starting into recovery, but does not usually in itself produce sustainable results. This is because people mostly end up abusing drugs and getting addicted due to other underlying factors. To effect sustainable treatment for the addict, counseling is as important as detoxification to help address underlying factors.