The war on drugs has been in effect for over 30 years, and the list of casualties is long and knows no boundaries. Drug addiction can affect anyone equally regardless of race, age, creed, profession, or income.
So, what happens to people who become addicted to drugs? Many wind up dead, others are incarcerated for crime, and still others lose everything and wind up being homeless. It tends to be a vicious cycle.
If the drug addict is ready to get help for their addiction, does inpatient medical treatment really help? Or does the person simply go through a temporary withdrawal, only to go back to old habits again?
Getting Clean or Sober from Drug Addiction
Many people who have successfully gone through withdrawal and have stayed away from their addiction feel that the people, places, and things that remind them of using the drug must be removed from their life. Many of these success stories involve the addict leaving their state and attending a treatment facility located far, far away from those reminders and temptations.
Attending an outpatient addiction treatment facility may work for some people, but many find that the allure of their addiction amid their normal daily routine too strong to stay clean and sober. Frequently, it takes suffering serious consequences – such as severe injury or a major loss – for many people to finally agree and commit to a program for help with their addiction.
Withdrawal can be even more difficult for a person who is physically addicted to drugs (not just socially addicted), because that leads to detoxification. This process can be excruciating for addicts.
Inpatient Treatment for an Addict
Inpatient treatment means that a person temporarily moves into the treatment facility. The addict is then placed under care and observation for 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The person is therefore locked away from temptation, and they can be given medications to help fight their withdrawal. They will also receive a lot of counseling every day to try to learn to live drug-free again.
Inpatient addiction treatment focuses on three stages: evaluation, treatment, and providing additional resources upon discharge from the facility. In the treatment phase, medically supervised detoxification provides a safe, controlled environment where people can have access to counselors and doctors who can step in to help if a person should become extremely ill from their withdrawal symptoms.
What Happens During Withdrawal from Drugs?
The first period of time while a person is getting clean can result in serious physical symptoms called withdrawal. This period can be very physically difficult, and the experience depends on the addict’s drug of choice – whether it be heroin, cocaine, alcohol, or other addictive substance. Withdrawal must be closely monitored by medical professionals or it can become fatal in certain cases.
Most addicts who successfully fight off their addictions and turn around to lead a clean lifestyle have received inpatient treatment for their drug or alcohol addiction. Inpatient care has a much higher level of success than outpatient care; once out, it is up to the individual and their family and friends to maintain a clean environment and support structure.
How Is Outpatient Treatment Different?
Outpatient treatment means that the person may check into the facility during the days, but they can go home in the evenings. However, people who detox on their own like this are confronted by the cravings and the lure of going to get more of their drug of choice. This often leads to relapse, an overdose, or the cycle starting over again – nullifying any progress made.
The most important focus of any treatment program is the total cessation of using the substance. Withdrawal symptoms make this nearly impossible for alcoholics or drug users who go home at night, because they will most likely suffer withdrawal symptoms in the middle of the night – which prompts the user to just go and secretly get more drugs or alcohol.
Community Medical Facility in Northeastern Ohio
If you or someone close to you is struggling with an addiction, the best way for them to return to leading a clean, sober life is to get medical help. Contact us at Wooster Community Hospital for information on inpatient drug addiction treatment.
We’re conveniently located south of Cleveland and west of Canton. Call us today at (330) 263-8100 or schedule a consultation online. Don’t let yourself, or anyone else, become another statistic.