Detoxification, or detox, is the first step in addiction recovery and is the process of removing harmful substances from the body. Detoxification at drug rehab centers Farmington involves a number of very unpleasant and potentially dangerous and sometimes fatal symptoms that can make it difficult for individuals to stop themselves from using addictive substances in order to alleviate these symptoms.
Medical detox is a supervised detoxification method that involves the use of medications to help alleviate many of the discomforts of withdrawal as well as prevent dangerous medical conditions associated with suddenly stopping the use of drugs and alcohol. Commonly used because of its effectiveness, medical detox can vastly improve a patient’s chances of making it through the treatment process and join a rehab program at a drug treatment center. Call now to find your options for detox at (585) 371-5288.
Types of Medical Detox
Medical detox methods may include in-patient, outpatient, and rapid medical detox.
In-patient detox takes place in a drug detox center. Constant supervision and compassionate support during the process, followed by comprehensive addiction treatment, helps increase the chances of recovery.
Outpatient detox can be highly successful for those who are willing participants in their recovery. Patients continue to live at home and meet their family, work, and school commitments and attend individual and group therapy and family counseling sessions.
Rapid medical detox is a controversial drug and alcohol detox method that involves putting the patient under general anesthesia during the entire detox process, typically lasting two days.
Medical Alcohol Detox
Alcohol detox can be highly dangerous or fatal and should never be attempted at home.
The symptoms of alcohol detox include:
. Tremors, which are accompanied by an increase in blood pressure and an elevated pulse and breathing rate.
. Alcohol hallucinations, during which patients may see multiple moving objects that aren’t there.
. Alcohol withdrawal seizures, which can occur multiple times over the course of a few hours.
. Delirium tremens, a highly dangerous condition often marked by dangerously high blood pressure, heart rate, and severe dehydration.
Medications that are used during the medical alcohol detox process include:
. Suboxone to treat withdrawal symptoms like anxiety and insomnia.
. Chantix to help reduce cravings.
. Anticonvulsant medications to prevent involuntary movements and full-blown seizures.
. Disulfiram (Antabuse) to change the way the body metabolizes alcohol, producing unpleasant side effects like nausea or flushing when alcohol is consumed.
Medical Drug Detox
While withdrawal from prescription drugs and illegal street drugs isn’t typically life threatening, the symptoms can be excruciating. Medical drug detox can help alleviate the discomforts associated with detoxifying the body of these substances.
Prescription Painkillers and Heroin (Opioids)
The symptoms of opioid withdrawal include intense cravings, agitation, anxiety, aches and pains, abdominal cramps and diarrhea, and nausea and vomiting.
Medications used to treat withdrawal from these drugs include Suboxone or Methodone to reduce the effects of withdrawal and alleviate cravings. Another medication commonly used is Naltreone to block the effects of opioids and help control cravings.
Prescription Stimulants and Cocaine
Symptoms of stimulant withdrawal include intense cravings, depression and anxiety, aches and pains, chills, tremors, exhaustion, and a loss of concentration.
While there are no medications currently approved by the FDA to treat stimulant withdrawal specifically, Bupropion can help reduce cravings and alleviate depression symptoms experienced during withdrawal.
Symptoms of sedative withdrawal include anxiety, increased heart rate, blood pressure, breathing rate, and body temperature, sweating, shaking, nausea, and vomiting. Unlike stimulant and opiate withdrawal, sedative withdrawal can have dangerous effects and should always be done under medical supervision.
Detoxification from prescription sedatives is a tapering off process that can take several weeks. During this time, another sedative or barbiturate such as phenobarbital may be used to aid in the weaning process, stabilize the mood, and help alleviate anxiety. Start your journey to recovery at (585) 371-5288. Many opportunities for detox and rehab are available for you and your loved one.