Detox, is the process of withholding drugs or alcohol from the body so that brain function can return to normal, breaking the physical addiction. Medical detox is the most common – and safest – way to remove substances from the body, and it’s available through professional drug and alcohol treatment centers in many areas. To learn more about getting the right medical detox treatment for your recovery, contact Drug Rehab Centers New Canaan today at (203) 242-8275.
Medical detox is supervised by medical and mental health professionals and involves administering medications as needed to help prevent or relieve withdrawal symptoms associated with stopping the use of drugs or alcohol. During medical detox, patients are assessed for any co-occurring mental illnesses and various psychological issues that will need to be addressed during the treatment phase of rehab, which begins once the physical addiction has been broken.
Some of the withdrawal symptoms associated with alcohol and substance removal are potentially dangerous or even fatal. During the process, physicians continually monitor the physical condition and administer medications to treat uncomfortable symptoms and address any dangerous conditions that arise during withdrawal.
Undergoing this process without medications or supervision can be largely ineffective, if not dangerous. Most people who try to stop using drugs or alcohol on their own will quickly turn back to the drug of addiction simply to alleviate the intense withdrawal symptoms.
Inpatient drug treatment involves living at a residential facility, where patients can focus solely on recovery without the stress and triggers of the outside world. Inpatient is particularly essential for people who have a long history of abuse or addiction, those who are ambivalent toward recovery, and those who have a co-occurring mental illness.
Outpatient treatment enables patients to live at home while undergoing treatment. Outpatient can be successful for people who are committed to recovery and have strong support at home and in the community.
Rapid medical opiate detox is a controversial method of detoxing from opiate painkillers or heroin and involves putting the patient under general anesthesia during the entire process. Patients wake up fully sobered, with medications blocking cravings.
Alcohol produces withdrawal symptoms that include nausea, sweats, tremors, anxiety, hallucinations, paranoia, and in some cases, seizures. A dangerous condition known as delirium tremens, or DTs, may set in as well. Medications used include Neurotonin, Paxil, and Chantix.
Opiates, which include the street drug heroin and prescription drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin, produce withdrawal symptoms that may include irritability and agitation, insomnia, muscle aches, vomiting, diarrhea, and hot or cold sweats. Medications used to alleviate these symptoms include Methadone, Clonidine, Subtext and Paxil to treat depressive symptoms and insomnia.
Stimulants, which include the street drugs meth and cocaine and prescription medications like Adderall and Dexedrine, produce withdrawal symptoms that may include a deep depression, heightened anxiety, excessive lethargy, and paranoia. Since no medications have been approved to treat these symptoms, physicians generally administer medications to reduce the intensity of the depression.
Sedatives, which include benzodiazepine anxiety medications like Xanax and Valium, produces withdrawal symptoms that may include a dangerous increase in heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature. Medications can’t treat these symptoms when associated with sedative detox, so patients are weaned from the drug over a period of time to prevent the onset of these and other uncomfortable symptoms.
Both inpatient and outpatient treatment can be successful, but inpatient treatment is generally more effective due to the continual supervision and the strong support system that includes both staff and peers in various stages of recovery.
If you’re unsure which type of recovery program might be best for you, discuss it with an addiction counselor or other mental health professional, who can help you decide. Call Drug Rehab Centers New Canaan at (203) 242-8275 today for more information.