Press release - Phoenix, AZ, USA - August 15, 2015
One of the situations in health care calling for quality at the highest and most immediately effective level is when detoxification treatment for alcohol or substance abuse is required. These illnesses are often not admitted or are ignored until they become critical.
Reports of well-known and well-off victims of alcohol or drug addiction are turning up in the headlines with alarming frequency. When a problem is finally accepted and a decision is made to arrange treatment, a center which offers IV therapy is often selected. This is true of Wall Street brokers, actors, government officials and others in top level positions.
The role played by IV therapy is that of safety and its ability to help alleviate painful withdrawal symptoms. IV therapy enables medical staff to increase, decrease or change medications on a moment’s notice to be sure the patient is comfortable and safe. There is no waiting for slow-acting medication to take effect. A team of doctors monitors a patient 24/7 in accordance with that patient’s customized protocol. Treatment also includes consultation with a Licensed Addiction Counselor to discuss substance abuse related issues and to develop an appropriate plan for continued recovery after detox. IV therapy is more expensive than outpatient care. If patients decides to try it, some of the benefits are safety, comfort and perhaps less time spent in treatment.
Detox is derived from the word detoxification. That is the process where toxins or harmful substances, even poisons, are removed from the body. If left unattended, these poisons could take over the body and threaten chances of survival. Toxins operate in different ways in different human bodies, more quickly in some than others. That is why customized patient protocols are so essential. Detox centers help save lives.
Drug addiction takes a heavy toll on humans as well as on society. Estimates of drug abuse related costs in the United States exceed $600 billion annually. This includes productivity and health and crime-related costs. Drug addiction is defined as a chronic, often relapsing brain disease causing compulsive seeking and use of drugs in spite of harmful consequences to the individual and that person’s family and friends.
Different factors contribute to drug abuse, depending on the person. One of these is environment including a family’s beliefs, attitudes and exposure to peer groups that encourage drug use. Another is genetics. Once a person has started using drugs, the development into addiction may be influenced by inherited (genetic) characteristics. These may delay or increase addiction which can cause changes in the brain. If such changes occur, they can remain and affect the brain long after drug use has stopped.
The bottom line is this: As soon as anyone suspects or realizes they may be in the early or late stages of addiction, get help. The alternative is too dangerous.