Often, people underestimate how severe withdrawal symptoms are. Overall, this stems from the misconception that people with addiction are weak. Therefore, many people feel overconfidence about going through withdrawal alone. However, without medical supervision, detox is extremely dangerous. Those who choose self-detox over medical detox suffer higher relapse rates, or worse, fatal consequences.

Why is Medical Detox Important?

Depending on the substance of choice, withdrawal symptoms vary. The substances people abuse cause psychological and physical symptoms. Above all, self-detox is dangerous because people don’t understand how their body will react to withdrawal. Often, this is unpredictable. It’s important to remember that long-term substance abuse does a lot of damage to the body.

Most importantly, without medically supervised detoxification, you risk heart failure. For example, excessive substance abuse weakens your heart, and as the body tries to regain equilibrium, the cardiovascular system is under stress. An overworked heart means high blood pressure, which is extremely dangerous. However, with the help of a detox center, medical staff keeps these symptoms under control.

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Medical Detox

Medical detox is the first part of a comprehensive addiction treatment plan. Learn more about the role of medical detox in treating alcohol and drug addiction.

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Psychological Symptoms of Withdrawal

Generally, all illicit substances cause psychological withdrawal symptoms. Unfortunately, these symptoms make successful sobriety more difficult. Your mind turns to drugs or alcohol when dealing with stress. Psychological withdrawal symptoms commonly include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Intense cravings
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia

While undergoing medical detox, you’ll receive additional care so you can work through these harrowing mental symptoms. This increases your chances of lasting recovery. You’ll have the necessary tools to overcome your addiction. Additionally, one of the best ways to conquer withdrawal symptoms is with different forms of holistic therapy. Holistic treatment doesn’t use medication to treat withdrawal symptoms, which many people prefer.

Medical Detox with Hawaii Island Recovery

At Hawaii Island Recovery in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 75 percent of our clients stay sober within their first year. We take pride in this because the first year of sobriety is the hardest. If you’re able to get through a year, you’ll have better chances of lasting recovery. We help people reach successful sobriety with the following programs:

Don’t try to detox alone and allow us to help you through this initial stage of recovery. Call today at 866-390-5070 to begin your journey.