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Medical Detox

When in recovery for a drug and/or alcohol addiction, detoxification is the first step involved in achieving and maintaining sobriety. In many cases, breaking the physical addiction can be highly uncomfortable and taxing on both the addict’s mental and physical health. Therefore, a medical detox may be necessary to ease these unpleasant symptoms of withdrawal. A medical detox is the process of using certain medications to alleviate these symptoms. During the medical detox process, traces of the substance are flushed from the body, so that the brain can begin functioning at a normal level again.

This method is very effective, as most addicts are unable to tolerate withdrawal symptoms without medical assistance; this leads many to return to substance abuse in order to avoid the pain. A medical detox sets addicts up for the best possible chances of maintaining long term sobriety early on in the recovery process. The drugs administered by physicians not only help to lessen discomfort, but they can prevent dangerous shifts in heart or respiratory function. A medical detox can save the life of you or a loved one.

 

Why Detoxing Alone is Dangerous

The potential dangers associated with withdrawing from substance abuse can be fatal. In most cases, medically assisted detoxification is essential for this process to be safe. For instance, people have been known to die from delirium tremens during withdrawal from alcohol if they did not seek medical assistance.

In addition to the safety factor, medical detox is the best way to withdrawal from a substance abuse problem because the symptoms of withdrawal can be incredibly unpleasant. Most addicts are unsuccessful when they try and undergo the process on their own. Returning to substance abuse is an easy way out when one is experiencing a painful withdrawal.

 

Types of Detoxification Programs

There are a few ways in which one can undergo the medical detox process. Programs vary based on each individual’s unique needs.

Inpatient treatment is necessary for those who have a long history of alcohol and/or drug addiction and are hesitant about undergoing detoxification. This form of treatment requires patients to live at a residential treatment facility. Therefore, their sole focus will be on recovery, as they are able to avoid potential relapse triggers much more easily. At inpatient treatment centers, a compassionate, supportive, and knowledgeable team of staff members assists each patient during detoxification in a way that is most beneficial to their particular needs. This method increases the chances of a successful long-term recovery.

Outpatient treatment allows for patients to reside at home during detoxification and treatment. This form of treatment is beneficial for those who do not have severe addictions and cannot afford to delay obligations such as school or work. The outpatient method is often only successful if the addict has a strong network of support at home.

Inpatient rapid medical detox is a controversial method of detoxification. It is usually used for serious opiate addictions, such as Fentanyl, Heroin, and Vicodin abuse. This uncommon detox method puts patients under anesthesia during the process of withdrawal and allows them to wake up clean.

 

Withdrawal Symptoms and Treatment

Symptoms of withdrawal vary based on each particular patient and their specific substance or substances of abuse. Symptoms can range from mild to excruciating, based off the severity of the addiction.

Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal may include tremors, vomiting, sweats, paranoia/anxiety, seizures, and even hallucinations. Neurotonin and Paxil are often used to treat these symtoms and help restore brain function, as well as combat depression and insomnia.

Symptoms of stimulant withdrawal are often associated with lethargy, agitation, anxiety, and severe depression. Bupropion is used to ease depression.

Symptoms of sedative withdrawal may include shaking, sweating, anxiety, elevated heart rate, and high blood pressure. Sedatives that are often abused are Xanax and Valium. Unfortunately, there are no known medications to relieve the symptoms of withdrawal. Therefore, the medical detox process involves the addict being slowly tapered off the drug.

Symptoms of opiate withdrawal are known to be flu-like. When an addict is coming off of drugs such as Heroin, Vicodin, and OxyContin, Methadone is used to ease these symptoms and Subutex is administered to lessen the time it takes to complete detox, as well as also reduce the severity of symptoms.

If you or a loved one is suffers from any form of substance abuse, it is important to know your options when choosing a rehabilitation facility. A medical detox program can provide addicts with the necessary advantage to not only achieve sobriety, but maintain it for a lifetime.