The goal of a detoxification program should be to rid the body of all toxins that may be causing the biochemical imbalances in the body. This includes any drugs, as well as dietary and environmental toxins.
Withdrawal symptoms will vary depending on the toxins in the body and your overall health condition. If the detox is done correctly, the withdrawal symptoms will be minimized.
In some cases you should not attempt to detox on your own. For instance, in cases of severe alcoholism, withdrawal can be life-threatening. You could experience the DTs (delirium tremens) and should be under the care of a professional addiction treatment facility.
Also, if you have been taking any benzodiazapenes, such as Valium or Xanax, seizures could occur so they should be under professional care. A drug treatment program should offer various detox options. Two of these possibilities are listed below.
Chelation therapy is the administration of chelating agents to remove heavy metals from the body. The most common forms of heavy metal intoxication involve lead, arsenic or mercury. Results are the best when chelation therapy is administered in conjunction with oral supplements such as Ginkgo biloba and phosphatidylserine, that act as oral chelators in the body. Chelation therapy has been used on more than one million patients in the U.S. over the past 50 years successfully.
Chelation therapy can be performed as an outpatient, is painless and takes approximately 3 hrs. The procedure is given intravenously with a solution of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) with vitamins and minerals. As part of the full treatment program, a low-fat diet and appropriate exercise is recommended.
Patients interested in chelation therapy should choose a doctor that is experienced and has completed the training conducted by the American College of Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) or a doctor that follows the protocol of the American Board of Chelation Therapy.
Colon Hydrotherapy is mostly provided by specialty treatment centers and sometimes associated with Naturopathic services. It is the irrigation of the colon using a small amount of water or solution without the use of drugs. The purpose is to aid the elimination from the bowel. The procedure is used in detoxification from chemical exposure or abuse and also to relieve constipation.
In our society where Eastern and Western medicine combine to give us the best of both worlds, the acceptance of colon hydrotherapy has continued to grow.
Colonic irrigation should not be used in people with diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, severe or internal hemorrhoids or tumors in the rectum or colon. It also should not be used soon after bowel surgery (unless directed by your health care provider). Regular treatments should be avoided by people with heart or kidney disease.
To compare an enema to a colon hydrotherapy – an enema only reaches the rectum and lower part of the colon. But with the colon hydrotherapy the entire length of the colon is reached. Colon hydrotherapy uses lower pressures than enemas and is much more effective.
Drug And Alcohol Addiction Treatment Program
There can be many different drug treatment methods for the different stages of addiction. The intensity of addiction that a person has will have a very large impact on the recommended course of action for that individual to obtain a lifestyle of sober living. Sometimes if a person does not have a very heavy addiction they can go to outpatient clinics and receive counseling in order to combat their addictive personality disorders and the use of substances.
Individuals who are deeper into their addiction often benefit from inpatient treatment facilities. These individuals do not do well without patient options because they cannot control their compulsions to use substances during their drug treatment program. Psychotherapy is often used in conjunction with support groups in order to identify behavioral patterns that need to be changed for individuals who are struggling in this type of lifestyle. A person can attend an inpatient facility for weeks or months depending on the severity of their dependency on substances.
Drug replacement therapy is often a last resort for people who have a chemical dependency issue. These individuals usually cannot deal with their addiction only through talk therapy and other psychological methods. Many times an individual who has struggled with addiction for several years has built up a level of tolerance. There have been documented cases where people go into physical shock because they do not have access to the substances that their body craves. Giving a person medication to deal with their cravings during the drug treatment process is very common for professionals to recommend when other methods are not working. Most addicts realize that they will need to learn coping skills in order to overcome their addictive behaviors. Learning personal responsibility for the actions of a person takes is also extremely important when an individual is trying to remain sober.