Get Healty Quicker with Detox
You have taken the first step and admitted you have a drug problem. Now, it is time for you to kick the habit and get your life back on track. The best treatment for you might be drug detoxification. For more information on rehab detox centers a pain management doctor or a medical publication such as the Journal of Family Practice.
Drug detox is the first step in a process of recovery from addition. There are three steps in a drug detoxification process; evaluation, stabilization, and guiding patient into treatment. At the beginning of drug detoxification a patient is first tested to see which specific substances are in their bloodstream and the amount. Stabilization is when the patient is guided through the process with or without the use of medications. A detoxification program for physical dependence to drugs or alcohol does not necessarily address the psychological, behavioral or social factors that led to addiction.
In 2011, there were 18.1 million current (past-month) users of marijuana. For many users, this will lead to the use of harder drugs such as oxycodone, heroine and methadone. These drugs have much harsher side effects than marijuana and carry much stiffer penalties if you are caught possessing or using. Some of the drugs that may require detoxification include oxycodone, heroin, oxycontin, morphine and methadone.
Unfortunately, the number of illicit drug users continues to rise. The number of illicit drug users 50 to 59 years old tripled between 2002 and 2011 from 900,000 to 2.7 million, according to the National Institutes of Health. Using illicit drugs can lead to life-threatening side effects including a higher risk of contracting HIV, hypertension and in some cases, death.
Admitting you have a drug problem is the first step towards putting your life on track. If you want to go through a detox program consult with a published journal including Journal of Family Practice or your family doctor. You can get help for your addiction, but it is up to you to take the first step.