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Creative Care is there to help people who are dealing with substance abuse and addiction. In order to beat these addictions, they first have to undergo a period of detox. There are different methods to achieve these, and choosing the right one is absolutely vital to the success of beating the addiction. We look at the client’s personality, the type of substance they are addicted to and what their addictive behavior is in order to ascertain the best method of detoxification. Our goal is to help people to become balanced, productive members of society again, who can rebuild relationships with their loved ones and the community at large. We do not judge them for their addiction, but rather support them in beating their problems.

What You Can Expect

When you arrive at the Creative Care facility, you will undergo a full assessment, which will help our consulting psychiatrists and full time nursing staff create a detoxification plan that is right for your needs. This depends on a number of factors, including:

  • The substance you abuse.
  • The amount you use.
  • Your physical state.
  • The withdrawal symptoms you are likely to experience.

Detox is something that every client experiences in a completely unique way. Even if you have gone through the process before, this time will be completely different. Unfortunately, the more often you go through a detox program, the worse you will experience the symptoms. This is why it is so important that you go through the intake process first, as it will help us to better support you.

Once your plan is implemented, we will supervise and monitor you fully and your progress will constantly be reviewed. Every day, our goal is to make sure you are as comfortable as can be, and we will focus on making sure your well-being is at the forefront of all our actions.

The severity of your withdrawal will dictate whether or not medication will be prescribed for you by the consulting doctor in order to help you feel better. If you are already using detox medication, we will ensure you are prepared for the possible side effects of that as well. We are there to make sure this process is as painless as possible.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Having an understanding of what to expect of the detox process can help to make it more successful. This is because the difficulties won’t come as much of a surprise. Furthermore, it will make it easier for to ask for help if you experience anything that you are having difficulties with. As stated previously, the withdrawal symptoms you can experience during the detox process will vary depending on your physiology, the substance you are addicted to, the method of detoxification and your state of mind. Some of the things you can expect, however, include:

  • Sweating
  • Agitation
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Diarrhea
  • Problems concentrating
  • Nausea
  • Runny nose
  • Headaches
  • Shaking and/or trembling
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Decreased appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Cramps
  • Hallucinations
  • Muscle pain and tension

It is incredibly important to detox under professional supervision, because the process can also lead to heart attacks, strokes and seizures. This is caused by what is known as Acute Withdrawal Syndrome or AWS. This is a neurological condition that is very complicated to understand. Effectively, it means that the brain’s nerve cells are either sensitized or desensitized due to drug use. As a result, the central nervous system is altered. When dependence sets in or if the substance is cut from the person’s body, these changes, which usually take a long time to build up, are acutely reversed. AWS lasts for varying periods of time, but there are a number of substances that cause particularly dangerous cases of AWS, mainly alcohol addiction and barbiturate addiction.

Post-Acute Withdrawal Symptom

Post-Acute Withdrawal Symptom (PAWS) is the second stage of withdrawal. At this stage, you should experience little to no physical effects of the withdrawal. However, the psychological symptoms will be greatly enhanced. As the chemistry of your brain returns to normal, the chemicals of the brain start to fluctuate in an attempt to re-balance themselves. Because these problems are psychological, it is very important to have the right level of support, particularly for those who have a dual diagnosis of addiction with a mental health issue as well. The symptoms of PAWS include:

  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Tiredness
  • Irritability
  • Low enthusiasm
  • Variable energy
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Variable concentration

Interestingly, these symptoms tend to be the same across all people, regardless of their addiction or state of mind. For many, this period is the most difficult of all, as the addiction is in the mind and it is very difficult to control the mind. After all, medication can be prescribed to combat physical discomfort, but psychological discomfort is something that simply has to be managed. During this period, therapy, group exercises and alternative therapy such as relaxation and acupuncture is particularly important, something that is offered at Creative Care. Through a mixture of talking, physical and alternative therapies, the client is able to regain control of their life and beat their addiction, by successfully going through the period of PAWS in a supported, controlled environment.

The detox process is one of the most important parts of beating an addiction. At Creative Care, we are there to help you, or someone you care for, beat their addiction, returning to society in a productive way. Please contact us to find out what we can do for you.