Drug Detoxification program is one of the most important phases of the treatment. Use of narcotics or alcohol causes disorder of many body processes, such as: disturbance of appetite, sleep, metabolism, hormonal status, low immune system, thrombus formation, blood clots, tooth decay, skin changes, hair loss, stopped women`s periods, toxic damage of liver, pancreas, kidneys, central and peripheral nervous system, an infections and inflammatory processes.
The psychological addiction is „seesaw“: when an addict takes narcotics for some time he feels comfortable. However, as soon as the effect of narcotics begins to weaken, he feels nervousness, irritability, aggression. Ultimately every addict finds himself in a situation when he doesn’t feel good. Even when he takes a large dose of narcotics, because narcotics just delay withdrawal.
This condition, when an addict is sick and tired of all the narcotics and his organism is practical destroyed. Often forces him to stop using the substance. If an addict is deprived of narcotics his organism is under a big stress (it is so-called withdrawal syndrome). Each drug has its own list of symptoms. For example the symptoms of heroin withdrawal are: nasal congestion and sneezing, feeling „hot and cold“, chills, pain in the joints, bones, spine, muscle tension, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, inability to sleep, to lie in a comfortable position, dilated pupils, frequent breathing, sweating.
Withdrawal syndrome is associated with disruption of many physiological processes. And may lead to a critical situation with disorders of vital functions. Attempts to relieve withdrawal symptoms with the medicines that addict is taking without doctor`s knowledge can cause epileptic attacks, pharmacological psychosis, toxic liver damage, respiratory and cardiovascular injury and death. If the addict is trying to stop taking narcotics because of his friend`s or internet advice or he is using medicines which are purchased on the black market, without an adequate medical assistance, he exposes himself to a great risk. Home detoxification is almost always ending with relapse during the first two months.