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What Happens to Your Body During Detox?

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Drug and alcohol detox is the first stage of substance use treatment for most people, and maybe the most feared step toward recovery. Depending on the substance you use, withdrawal symptoms can be unpleasant when you do not manage them well.

Detox is manageable in most cases, particularly when you do it in a supervised environment like the one you see at Springfield Wellness Center. To appreciate why a detox program matters, you must learn what happens to the body during detox. For information on our detox programs, contact Springfield Wellness Center today at 844.334.4727.

What is Addiction?

Physical addiction occurs because you repeatedly use a drug, alcohol, or even behavior, which changes the brain. If it feels good and you want to do it again, it has the potential to cause an addiction.

An example of this is opioid use. Opioid drugs trigger the release of neurotransmitters in the brain that make you feel good. These endorphins change your perception and give you a sense of well-being.

When that feeling wears off, it’s natural to want to get it back, so you repeat the behavior. For some people, it becomes the only way they can maintain that euphoric sense of well-being. The brain changes and starts to slow down the release of endorphins for anything but this one behavior.
Those who develop a physical dependence on a drug require detox care because of the physical side effects typically associated with detox.

What is Detox?

Detoxification or drug and alcohol detox is the timeframe when the body rids itself of an unhealthy substance. It starts when you abstain from using a drug, drinking alcohol, or behaving in a certain way. For those with a substance use disorder, detox will begin after the last dose clears the body.

What Happens During Detox?

The neurotransmitters in the brain regulate most body functions. When you stop using a drug that the brain relies on, it causes chemical chaos that you feel in many ways. These side effects are what make detox so challenging to do on your own.

Detox side effects, sometimes called withdrawal, can include:

  • Irritability
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Cold flashes
  • Leg movement
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Increased body temperature

The exact side effects will vary based on many factors, including the substance you’ve used. Someone taking opioids may have different withdrawal symptoms than someone with physical alcohol dependence. Going through withdrawal is what allows your body to return to a place of balance.

What is Detox Treatment?

Treatment programs like Springfield Wellness Center start with a detox service that offers the physical, emotional, and medical support you need to get through detox and find that place of balance again.

Springfield Wellness Center specializes in providing BR+NAD detox treatment. Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) is a coenzyme found in every cell in the body. This program works to replenish that unique chemical to help you feel better faster.

Each of the individual detox programs at Springfield Wellness Center caters to specific substance use because what happens in the body is different for each one. For example, someone with an opioid use disorder might require ten days of NAD+ intervenous treatment during detox. However, if you’re battling an alcohol addiction, you’ll need an alcohol detox program because alcohol withdrawal can have different symptoms. Springfield Wellness Center offers detox programs for a range of substances, including:

  • Alcohol
  • Opioids
  • Stimulants
  • Benzos
  • Psychotropic substances

When combined with the therapy to boost NAD+ levels, Springfield Wellness Center offers a comprehensive and holistic drug and alcohol detox service.

If you or someone you love needs drug and alcohol detox, we are here to help. Give Springfield Wellness Center a call at 844.334.4727 to find out more about BR+NAD detox treatment.