It is no secret that substance abuse can wreak havoc on virtually all aspects of a person’s life. But when the abuse of alcohol, cocaine, opioids, prescription medications, or other drugs results in the development of an addiction, the potential for grievous, lasting harm increases exponentially.
Known clinically as a substance use disorder, addiction is characterized by a variety of unpleasant characteristics, including, but not limited to, the following:
- Powerful urges to continue abusing a particular substance
- The need to ingest increasingly larger amounts of the substance in order to experience the desired effect
- Loss of control over the frequency and amount of one’s substance abuse
- The onset of distressing symptoms when the individual does not or cannot ingest the substance upon which he or she has become dependent
The final point in the list above refers to a variety of symptoms that are known collectively as withdrawal. Before a person can fully engage in treatment for a substance use disorder, she must stop abusing this drug. Unfortunately, the pain of withdrawal can make it very difficult for a person to stay away from the substance long enough to get help.
As a result, withdrawal, or even the fear of potential withdrawal pain, can keep individuals trapped in the destructive downward spiral of addiction long after they have developed the desire to end their self-defeating behaviors and pursue a healthier future.
What Happens During Withdrawal
When a woman becomes addicted to or dependent upon alcohol or another drug, her body will adapt to the presence of this drug, and can react negatively when the drug is absent.
The nature and severity of the withdrawal symptoms that a person will experience can depend upon a variety of factors, including the substance the person has become addicted to, the length of time that she has been addicted, and the amount of the substance that she has been abusing.
The following are among the more common withdrawal symptoms that a person may experience when attempting to wean her body off of alcohol, cocaine, opioids, prescription medications, and other addictive substances:
- Intense cravings for the substance that one has been addicted to
- Excessive perspiration
- Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
- Other flu-like symptoms
- Sleep disturbances, from insomnia to hypersomnia
- Severe abdominal cramping
- Muscle and bone pain
- Tics and tremors
- Dangerous change in body temperature and/or heart rate
- Anxiety and/or paranoia
When a woman attempts to rid her body of the substance upon which she has become dependent, she must endure considerable physical and psychological pain, all while knowing that her suffering can be alleviated merely by once again abusing the substance.
Unfortunately, when the woman gives in to this pressure, the resultant sense of failure and shame can push her even deeper into the self-defeating cycle of substance abuse. This can exacerbate her addiction and can complicate future efforts to get clean.
Thankfully, there is a better way.
Detoxification at Timberline Knolls
At Timberline Knolls, women who need to rid their bodies of addictive substances prior to engaging in treatment can do so in a safe and comfortable environment. Detoxification, or detox, is a closely monitored process through which a person can withdraw from substances of abuse without jeopardizing her health or risking other negative outcomes.
The following are among the many benefits of completing detox at a reputable and effective program such as Timberline Knolls:
- Safety – The safety of each woman who chooses to heal at Timberline Knolls will always be our top priority. Throughout a woman’s time in detox, she will be under the constant supervision of experienced professionals who will monitor her health and protect her wellbeing.
- Comfort – While in detox, women may be able to receive certain safe prescription medications that will ease their cravings and alleviate other distressing symptoms.
- Support – Women who complete detox at Timberline Knolls will be cared for by a team of licensed and certified professionals who are uniquely prepared to provide world-class medical and therapeutic support.
Also, women in the detox program may have the opportunity to participate in therapy, which will help them to have a more successful detox experience while also preparing them for continued progress in the residential and/or outpatient stages of their addiction recovery.
Long-Term Benefits of Detox for Addiction
The immediate health and safety benefits are not the only advantages to completing detox at Timberline Knolls. A successful detox experience can also provide a range of long-term benefits, including, but not limited to, the following:
- Connection: Women who have struggled with addiction can benefit from a strong connection with the vibrant and dynamic global recovery community. For many women, their introduction to the power and potential of the recovery community begins during her time in detox.
- Positivity: The despair and degradation of addiction can cause a woman to lose faith in herself and struggle to have hope for the future. Conversely, successfully completing detox can help a woman to develop the self-confidence and positive mindset that will serve as a source of strength and support throughout her recovery journey.
- Health: The health benefits of detox do not end when a woman has rid her body of the substance to which she had become addicted. The renewed health, strength, and stability that a woman begins to experience during detox will be an invaluable advantage to her as she does the hard work of participating in treatment and pursuing long-term recovery.
To learn more about detoxification and other addiction treatment options at Timberline Knolls, please feel free to contact us at your convenience. We look forward to answering all of your questions and helping you determine if our program is the perfect place for you or a loved one.