Monday, May 6, 2013

What is Detox?

Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

Detox is an familiar yet unfamiliar term to many people.  For some, it conjures up images of a raw vegetable diet to cleanse the body.  They think of it as a 'nutritional reboot' to their system.  While there is a type of detox that involves nutrition, substance abuse detox is a very different thing altogether.  

To answer the question "what is detox?", we first need to understand why someone would want or need a detox in the first place.  Simply put, when people use substances at an abusive level, their bodies begin to pay the price.  Often times, they will try to stop on their own.  Usually, they fail!  

Therefore, when drug and alcohol use has gotten out of hand, it means that the body, mind, and spirit have become literally 'toxic'. defines 'toxic' this way, "of, pertaining to, affected with, or caused by a toxin or poison: a toxic condition."  It may seem fairly obvious that drugs and alcohol can be toxins to the body but every weekend in America many people find out the hard way!  

Since drugs and alcohol are toxins to the system, a person must recover from their effects.  This is the rub.  Addiction doesn't allow people to just quit, pack it up and go home.  No, it's like a jealous spouse that checks your cell phone, reads your email, and goes through your wallet making sure you stay faithful to them and no one else.  It's ultimate weapon of choice: withdrawal!  And what an effective weapon it is, keeping people trapped in the cycle of addiction day in and day out.   As Eric Clapton once said, "Addiction doesn't negotiate!"

 And that's exactly why people need detox!  They can't do it on their own.  The symptoms are just too strong!  The pull is just too much!  The pain is overwhelming! 

At The Coleman Institute, our suite of detox treatments remove the poisonous toxins of excessive drugs and alcohol from a person's system in a safe, effective, outpatient environment so that health and vitality can be restored.  Our highly trained medical staff make sure that each detox is handled with care and compassion during the detox process. It's a privilege to be able to help our patients become renewed and restored!

Furthermore, care does not end there.  We are committed to helping you stay clean with an aftercare plan that is individualized just for you and your needs.  Time and again, we have seen that the combination of our highly successful detox process followed by consistent and appropriate aftercare leads to a happy and healthy recovery journey. 

Always know that at The Coleman Institute, we're here when you need us.  If you or someone you love has an addiction, we would love to help you heal.  Please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-77-DETOX (33869)


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