Detox

Posted: November 6, 2014 by in Addiction Program Recovery Care

Addiction Program Recovery Care – Call (253) 242-9830 and Find Help Immediately!

We can get you in contact with a secure, medically supervised facility that helps people take their first step toward Drug or Alcohol recovery. The aim of the detoxification process (sometimes called detox) is to remove drugs and harmful substances from the body. While detox is an important first step, detox is not to be mixed up with rehabilitation. Detox treatments range depending on which substance is being abused and the frequency of Drug or Alcohol use.  Because the ‘cold turkey’ method is not appropriate for all types of addiction, its best if detox is conducted in a controlled, clinically supervised environment. Actually, ‘cold turkey’ can even be fatal in some cases, so treatment centers use safe and proven methods that customize a detox plan per patient. Contact us to talk to a compassionate detox specialist. Call (253) 242-9830 today!

Varieties of Detox

Health care professionals might select medically supervised withdrawal or social detoxification (the two types of detox most frequently used), depending on:

  • the type of drug being abused
  • length of addiction
  • age of the client
  • psychological state of the patient
  • physical health of the patient
  • what type of environment the professionals think will likely be most helpful to the patient

Medically supervised withdrawal is often suggested for people who have been addicted to:

  • Alcohol
  • Pain medications (prescription or pharmaceutical)
  • Barbiturates or Sedatives
  • Opioids (heroin, OxyContin7, codeine)

These drugs in particular have very unpleasant, uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. During medical detox then, these withdrawal symptoms are minimalized by specific detox medications that can only be prescribed by a doctor. People who abuse drugs alongside Alcohol, or those who are severe Alcoholics, are also recommended to participate in medically supervised withdrawal. Some symptoms that medically supervised withdrawal helps to avoid are hallucinations, seizures, or other physical and psychological problems people can experience when attempting to stop ‘cold turkey’. Additionally, anyone who has ever had hallucinations or seizures, has a severe illness, or has been diagnosed with particular psychological illnesses requires medically supervised withdrawal to safely wean themselves from Drugs or Alcohol.

Social detoxification is most effective for people who use drugs that result in mild withdrawal symptoms, including:

  • marijuana
  • cocaine
  • methamphetamine
  • infrequent opioid use
  • infrequent alcohol use

This type of detox usually doesn’t require medications. However, there still is supervision by medical staff and counselors to monitor the patients’ health and condition closely and also help the client during the cravings of withdrawal. In social detoxification, clients aren’t quarantined in hospital-like rooms in the detoxification center. Rather, they are urged to socialize with other people in recovery. In this model of detox, patients are ready to work alongside other people in recovery when they enter a rehabilitation program.

Addiction Program Recovery Care’s Methods

We are aware that different substances result in a wide range of withdrawal symptoms. Participation in a detox program that takes this into consideration is crucial. Depressants (for instance, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, and alcohol) most often require a gradual lessening of the drug, while using medication to prevent against potential withdrawal symptoms, like:

  • hallucinations
  • tremors
  • seizures
  • higher blood pressure
  • higher heart rate
  • higher body temperature

Stimulants, including Amphetamines, Methamphetamine, Cocaine, and Ritalin, regularly have straightforward withdrawal symptoms. This is why  emotional support from family, loved ones, and counselors is imperative. Sometimes when stimulant psychosis develops, doctors will prescribe medication to manage such symptoms like:

  • suicidal thoughts
  • suicide attempts
  • paranoia
  • psychosis

Opioids (for instance, Heroin, Morphine, Codeine, and OxyContin) have very minor to very severe withdrawal symptoms depending on the frequency of use, which include:

  • runny nose
  • rapid pulse
  • sweating
  • depression
  • rapid breathing
  • anxiousness
  • muscle pain
  • bone sensitivity
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea

Taking the First Step

For many, detox is the most important first step towards recovering from substance abuse. That being said, it is JUST a first step. It does NOT replace a treatment program. Although many detox centers don’t offer support to follow up after detox, our center for people from Takoma, WA recommends detox in tandem with rehabilitation and other substance abuse treatment methods. This is to insure that detox is an effective first step because if an addict does not enter rehabilitation after detox, it is more likely for them to relapse. This is why attending a drug rehab program is vital, as it is just the start to the recovery process. Our professional recovery experts are available 24 hours a day. Call (253) 242-9830 today to get your answer questions regarding detox, rehab, and treatment, or detox and rehab locations answered!

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