A medical detox is a medically supervised withdrawal from alcohol or drugs that occurs in a residential treatment center. Medical detox professionals may administer prescription medications to ease the discomfort of withdrawal symptoms and help to eliminate illicit substances and toxins from the body more comfortably.
A home detox is not recommended since an emergency situation could arise that needs immediate medical attention. Also, withdrawal must be controlled for physical and psychological reasons. Medical detox uses medications to replace addictive substances with controlled doses of prescription drugs. Detoxing at home is risky and can be uncomfortable as the urge to use to for relief is strong.
An alcohol detox program treats alcohol dependence by eliminating alcohol and using medications such as benzodiazepines and anticonvulsants. As seizures and convulsions are a threat, these medications control these risks. Other medications also help stop further alcohol cravings.
A drug detox depends on what substances were abused and are present in the body. A medical detox for opiates involves substitution of opioid medication to replace opiates. Helping to reduce and relieve withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings using these types of medications, like Methadone and Suboxone, also help prevent a relapse.
Each substance has a unique set of withdrawal symptoms.
Drug Treatment Centers in Detroit can administer treatment medication for the controlled management of withdrawal symptoms. Neurontin (Gabapentin) is used to alleviate symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. Naltrexone is used for both alcohol and opioid dependence. In alcohol abusers, it reduces the frequency and severity of relapsing back to drinking. Naltrexone helps addicts stay sober by blocking the drug's euphoric effects. Bupropion is used to reduce depression. Paxil, an antidepressant, relieves meth withdrawal symptoms. Mirtazapine, an antidepressant, has been found to decrease meth use. Antabuse is used to discourage drinkers from consuming alcohol as the enzymes it produces makes a person feel hangover effects immediately after drinking.
Medical detoxification cannot stand alone. Without appropriate follow-up treatment, detox alone will lead to a relapse. Once the body is cleared of illicit substances, further treatment including counseling, therapy, nutrition and aftercare services are all critical components to continued success. If a detox is the only treatment given, the probability of a relapse is almost guaranteed. Continued treatment is needed to stay sober.
Residential treatment is the best way to detox. Safety and both mental and physical health can be monitored around the clock with medication supervision by qualified specialists. A safe and sanitary environment is provided in a medical detoxification center.
As a detox cannot stand alone, we can provide services needed after detox by providing comprehensive treatment including counseling, therapies and aftercare services. Call Detroit Drug Treatment Centers at (313) 483-3069. There is no need for you or a loved one to suffer any longer. Begin your road to sobriety to now.