Addictive disorders are among the most destructive to the health of those who suffer from them, and their rapid increase in the population, especially among young people, makes this type of disorder a real public health problem today.
Addictions, both to substances and to the performance of certain repetitive activities, cause a wide variety of forms of discomfort in the people who are victims of them and seriously affect their mental and physical health, also leading to real health problems during the interruption of addictive consumption.
One such health problem associated with addictive disorders is the abstinence syndrome, a phenomenon that is treated with great care both in drug treatment centers.
What is abstinence syndrome?
The abstinence syndrome is a picture of the physical and psychological symptoms experienced by the person with an addictionafter ceasing to use the substance or perform the activity to which he is addicted (for example, participating in juegos de azar con apuestas).
This phenomenon can be understood as the opposite effect that drug consumption produces when an addictive disorder has developed: the person experiences intense discomfort with both physical and psychological effects, and it can also appear when consumption of the substance decreases or the performance of the activity in question, not only when eliminated por completo.
The main physical and psychological symptoms that are typical of abstinence syndrome are usually:
- cold sweat
- Sleep problems
- Concentration problems
- muscle tension
- Seizures (in the most severe cases)
On the other hand, in the case of addiction to certain drugs, the withdrawal syndrome can be accompanied by a risk of death by cardiorespiratory arrest if the dynamic of consumption is suddenly interrupted, it is therefore very important that the elimination of drugs be carried out in a controlled manner and under medical supervision.
The abstinence syndrome must be treated in a special way by qualified professionals specialized in addictionswhat is done in the best possible way in the detox centers.
How can admission to a rehab center help treat withdrawal syndrome?
Below, we will briefly outline the main advantages that a drug treatment center intervention offers people with addictions when treating the withdrawal syndrome.
1. Allows you to count on specialized professionals
The first advantage offered by a detoxification center for treating withdrawal syndromes is that most of them have a multidisciplinary team of professionals such as psychologists, psychiatrists and other health experts accustomed to providing a totally individualized service.
As not all people are the same, each withdrawal syndrome is experienced and experienced differently, with varying symptoms associated with the personal characteristics of each individual.
This is why it is so important to receive personalized attention that takes into account the patient’s age, type of addiction, type of social, family or friendly environment and physical constitution. Moreover, as we have seen, in some cases, trying to “off” a drug without constant medical assistance can be dangerous.
2. It provides adequate therapeutic space
Addiction treatment centers are usually located in places that are remote or far from major cities, which allows the person who enters them to detox in an environment far removed from their former life and the contexts that favored their addiction.
In addition, the fact that many centers are located in natural settings offers an unbeatable and very healthy space for people to acquire health, space and peace in which to order their lives, which helps them heal sooner.
3. Rigid schedules
The schedules that are applied during each day in the residential modules of the detox centers (in their modality of treatment through admission) are essential for the addicted person to start acquiring certain responsibilities and get used to a normal schedule that you will have to respect during your social reintegration.
Going to bed and getting up at the same time, usually early, and carrying out various activities or responsibilities during the day has an undeniable therapeutic and healing factor, which is why it is so important to treat an addiction in this type of rehab center.
4. Avoid relapses
The professionals who work in a drug rehabilitation center offer their services around the clock and constantly ensure that each patient fulfills their therapeutic responsibilities and he does not fall due to lack of support at key moments.
This means that in the center it is not allowed in any case to consume drugs or to carry out an activity to which the person is dependent, under the constant and strict supervision of its professionals.
5. Allows all types of therapeutic activities to be carried out in prepared facilities
Most modern drug addiction centers have facilities equipped to carry out all sorts of activities that can help patients improve and overcome their addiction before their time.
In addition to the actual therapy rooms, there are also other places such as playrooms, dining rooms, gymnasiums, reading rooms, sports facilities or gardens.
6. Allows you to participate in group therapies
Group therapies, very easy to carry out with a certain frequency in the residential structures of detoxification centers, are forms of intervention rmade with other people having the same problemand they are very effective for the person to overcome his addiction in less time.
These group therapies are highly recommended to treat any type of addiction, because contact with people with the same addiction works as a therapeutic element for the addicted person.
7. It offers other therapeutic modalities
In addition to the classic psychological interventions, in the detoxification centers we can also receive complementary pharmacological or psychotherapeutic treatment if necessary and present other alterations parallel to addiction. We must not forget that what is called double pathology is something very common among those who suffer from addictions; for example, many of these people developed bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, depression, etc.