Detoxification is the first step in drug addiction treatment, and it breaks the physical addiction so that treatment for the psychological aspects of addiction may begin. During detox, drugs are withheld from the body, and withdrawal symptoms soon set in. As the drug is flushed from the body by normal biological functions, the withdrawal symptoms begin to fade away and brain function starts to return to normal.
Medical detox is the most successful method of detox. Medical detox takes place at a treatment facility and is closely supervised by mental health and medical personnel. Drugs are administered as needed to relieve withdrawal symptoms, which can be very uncomfortable and even dangerous or fatal.
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Withdrawal symptoms associated with alcohol and prescription central nervous system sedatives can cause dangerous shifts in blood pressure, heart rate, body temperature, and other body functions. Medical detox can treat or prevent the onset of these symptoms, which are potentially fatal for those who experience them without adequate medical intervention.
But safety isn't the only issue of concern during withdrawal. Because of the intense cravings and often-unbearable withdrawal symptoms associated with detox, many patients who try to stop using drugs or alcohol on their own will turn back to the substance of addiction almost immediately in order to find relief. Medical detox offers relief from intense withdrawal symptoms to increase the chances of successfully breaking the physical addiction.
Inpatient detox programs are always best, particularly for those with a long history of drug abuse and addiction. Patients in this type of program live at the rehab facility for the duration of treatment, which enables them to focus fully on recovery without worrying about stress or triggers.
Outpatient detox programs allow the patient to continue meeting obligations at home and work while going through detox, and they provide a high level of privacy since the patient continues to live at home. Outpatient detox can be successful for those with motivation to recover and a support system in place at home.
Withdrawal from alcohol causes symptoms like tremors, hallucinations, anxiety, vomiting, and seizures. Medical alcohol detox uses medications like Paxil to relieve depressive symptoms, Neurotonin to prevent or treat seizures, and Chantix to reduce the intense cravings associated with withdrawal.
Withdrawal from opiates like the illegal drug heroin and the prescription drug OxyContin causes symptoms that may include irritability and anxiety, hot and cold sweats, vomiting and diarrhea, and muscle and body aches. Medications administered during medical opiate detox include Methadone to prevent some of the more intense withdrawal symptoms and relieve cravings, Clonidine to ease anxiety and treat body aches, and Subutex to reduce the amount of time it takes to detox.
Withdrawal from stimulants like the illegal drug cocaine and the prescription drug Adderall produces symptoms like deep depression and anxiety, suicidal thoughts, insomnia, and irritability. During medical stimulant detox, medication like Paxil or Zyban will help reduce cravings and lessen the severity of the depressive symptoms.
Withdrawal from sedatives like the prescription medications Xanax and Klonopin causes symptoms that may include dangerous increases in body functions related to the heart, sweating and shaking, anxiety and restlessness, and intense nausea. Since there are no medications to treat these symptoms, withdrawal from sedatives is a tapering off process over time to prevent the onset of symptoms altogether.
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