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Detoxification

When discussing detoxification, the first thing to do is define what detoxification is,

Detoxification: Biochemistry. The metabolic process by which toxins are changed into less toxic or more readily excretable substances.

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Detoxification: A period of medical treatment, usually including counseling, during which a person is helped to overcome physical and psychological dependence on alcohol or drugs.

The first definition gives an exact end product and would have a way to measure the success of the detoxification.

The second definition does not. What exactly is a period of medical treatment and what is the type of medical treatment? And how do you know if you are making any headway?

 

It would appear to me the definition of detoxification has taken on a new meaning. If you want to detoxify someone you would want some method of removing the toxins from their system in such a way as it could be demonstrated they are coming out.

In regards to drug addiction I would think you would want this done before any counseling began so the person who you were helping "overcome physical and psychological dependence on alcohol or drugs" would not have the drugs still in there system! Then you could get on with the counseling.

In this actual detoxification you would also want to pay close attention to what the ingestion of drugs, over a period of time, has done to the addict's body. While getting the toxins out during the detoxification you could also pay close attention to the addict's diet and any vitamins and supplements being taken. It would be vital, during the detoxification, to get the right balance of natural vitamins and good dietary habits working toward the restoration of the individuals body balance.

Just my two cents but if we get the actual detoxification right, including removal of the drugs and toxins from their body as well as getting their body back in shape, it would be far more effective than "a period of medical treatment, usually including counseling, during which a person is helped to overcome physical and psychological dependence on alcohol or drugs." And you would be able to measure the actual progress of the detoxification before, during and after the process. I feel that this little adjustment to the detoxification could change the success of the drug rehabilitation field as well as going along way towards helping the addict lead a drug free life.

I think the slowly changing meaning of "detoxification" into something which does not have an exact method or end product has lead to a lot of heartache in the field of drug rehabilitation as the actual detoxification is never properly done and the addict still has the drugs in his/her system. How in the world are you now going to council someone who still has the drugs and toxins stored in their body? (Not to mention not fixing the damage the toxins have done) The key to ANY successful recovery would have to start with the correct detoxification and without that the rest of the treatment wouldn't matter.

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