Medical detox is medically supervised procedure in which addicts rid their bodies of harmful substances. During this process, the medical staff may administer medications to reduce the severity and duration of withdrawal symptoms and relieve the intensity of cravings. Medical detox is commonly used and widely successful for getting patients through the withdrawal process as safely and comfortably as possible in order to help prevent relapse and a number of dangerous medical conditions that withdrawal from some substances can cause.
In order for drug or alcohol treatment to be successful, the body must be free of the substance of abuse. Stopping substance abuse cold turkey and without supervision or medical support can be extremely painful, and even dangerous or fatal, depending on the substance in question.
Medical detox works by continually evaluating the patient’s condition and providing medical relief when symptoms become too much to bear or when they cause dangerous shifts in body functions, such as high blood pressure or increased body temperature. The highly qualified and experiences staff at Syosset Drug and Alcohol treatment Centers strive to provide each patient with the quality care and attention they deserve. Call us now at 631-729-7250 and speak to an addiction specialist who can help answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Detoxing at home, particularly from alcohol and certain sedatives, can be a very dangerous process. In fact, about five percent of those who suffer from delirium tremens when withdrawing from alcohol die from this condition. Detoxing without assistance often quickly leads to relapse as well, because without medical assistance, taking more of the drug or drinking more is the only way to make the symptoms go away.
Medical detox can take place in a residential facility or as part of an outpatient medical drug detox program. Inpatient programs are ideal for those with severe addictions, a long history of abuse, or ambivalence toward recovery, while outpatient programs can be very successful for those who are personally dedicated to recovery and have a strong support system in place at home.
Withdrawal symptoms can range from mild to severe, depending on the severity of the addiction and the amount of the substance that’s in the body at the time the process begins.
• Opiates include heroin and the prescription drug OxyContin. Symptoms from detox include low energy, insomnia, irritability and agitation, anxiety, muscle aches, abdominal cramps, and nausea. Medications used to alleviate symptoms include methadone to relieve cravings, Clonidine to reduce anxiety and agitation, Subutex to shorten the duration of withdrawal, and Paxil to reduce the severity of depression and insomnia.
• Stimulants include cocaine, methamphetamine, and the prescription drugs Adderall and Dexedrine. Symptoms of stimulant withdrawal include profound depression, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, psychosis, and paranoia. The most common medication used to help alleviate symptoms is Zyban, which helps reduce cravings and depression.
• Sedatives include benzodiazepines such as Valium and Xanax. Side effects include an increase in heart rate, body temperature, and blood pressure, sweating and shaking, restlessness, and anxiety. There are no medications to treat these symptoms. Sedative withdrawal is a tapering off process, which helps prevent side effects.
• Alcohol withdrawal symptoms include hallucinations, tremors, seizures, anxiety, paranoia, and agitation. Some symptoms, like high blood pressure and body temperature associated with delirium tremens, can be very dangerous or fatal.Medications used for alcohol detox include Paxil to alleviate insomnia and depression, Neurotonin to prevent or treat seizures and to help restore normal bodily processes, and Antabuse to change the way the body metabolizes alcohol.
Doctors at Drug Treatment Centers Syosset will administer these medications as needed and under close supervision, as many of them are, themselves, addictive.
If you or a loved one need assistance quitting drugs or alcohol, the medical professionals at Syosset Drug Rehab Treatment Centers can guide you through every step of the recovery process. Call us now at 631-729-7250 to find out about the programs we offer.