Detoxification ward

Detox/Shelter Service For Rehabilitation & Wellness

Long-term abuse of certain substances can lead to physical dependence. Physical dependence is where the body’s central nervous system develops a tolerance to the drug. Physical dependence is usually associated with sedatives like opiates (heroin and opiate prescription drugs) and benzodiazepine (e.g. diazepam and alprazolam etc.). Where a physical dependence on a drug is evident, a drug detox will be required.

Drug detox is a process of allowing the body to rid itself of a drug whilst managing the symptoms of withdrawal. It is the first step in a recovery program and should be followed by treatment that looks at changing behavior and cognitive function; drug detox alone is not a full treatment. A medical detox’s necessity will depend upon a person’s medical condition, history of substance abuse, and age.

During the initial period without drugs, a long-term drug user is likely to experience a number of both psychological and physical withdrawal symptoms. The body and the brain functions need a period of time to readjust to functioning without the drug present and the adjustment period can lead to various withdrawal symptoms.