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Our treatment team a safe and medically supervised procedure for those who want to go through detoxification and take the first step towards being sober. Detox is used to remove accumulated substances by cleansing them from the body. Although detox can be a part of treatment, it shouldn’t be confused with the whole drug and/or alcohol treatment process. Detox isn’t the same as rehabilitation. Detox concerns differ from person to person. Most of the time the ‘cold turkey’ technique is not appropriate, and potentially even harmful. Although a few people find the possibility of detox frightening, we every precaution to make sure that detox is safe and suitable for each client. For any questions, or to speak with a detox professional, call us now at 657-298-4892 immediately!
Methods of Detox
The two types of detox are medically supervised withdrawal, and social detoxification. Health care professionals will choose the type of environment most beneficial to the client, depending on:
- the kind of substance being abused
- duration of addiction
- age of the patient
- psychological state of the patient
- physical well-being of the client
People who benefit the most from medically supervised withdrawal include those who have been dependent on:
- pain medications
- barbiturates or sedatives
The particularly nauseating and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms of those drugs can be mitigated by certain detox medications prescribed by an addiction pathologist or doctor. It is important for people affected by severe alcoholism, or who’re abusing alcohol along with other substances, to undergo medically supervised withdrawal. Withdrawing ‘cold turkey’ from alcohol can make people hallucinate, seize, or develop unhealthy physical and psychological complications. These symptoms can all be avoided with certain medicines provided at medically supervised detox centers. Additionally, any person who has ever experienced hallucinations or seizures, has a serious sickness, or has been diagnosed with certain psychological diseases requires medically supervised withdrawal in order to safely wean themselves from drugs or alcohol.
Social detoxification is much better fitted to people whose drug abuse include drugs that will only lead to mild withdrawal symptoms, such as:
- occasional alcohol use
- infrequent opioid use
In this sort of detox, clients are supervised by medical staff and therapists that manage the clients’ health, and also try to help them during their cravings of withdrawal without using medicine. During social detoxification, patients are not isolated in hospital-like rooms while they detox. Instead, patients are urged to live and socialize with other addicts in recovery. This helps people prepare for a rehabilitation program, where they’ll be working towards recovery together in a group of other addicts.
Today Alcohol Rehabilitation Center’s Techniques
Our team provides detox with the understanding that different types of drugs are responsible for a variety of withdrawal symptoms. Depressants, including barbiturates, benzodiazepines, and alcohol, can lead to:
- higher blood pressure
- higher heart rate
- increased internal temperature
Withdrawal from stimulants (including amphetamines, methamphetamine, cocaine, and Ritalin) is generally mild, and only requires emotional support from family members, loved ones, and counselors. However, occasionally an individual can develop stimulant psychosis, and may need medication to prevent:
- suicidal emotions
- suicide attempts
- paranoid delusions
Withdrawal symptoms from opioids (like heroin, morphine, codeine, and OxyContin) vary from:
- runny nose
- rapid pulse
- rapid breathing
- bone pain
- muscle sensitivity
Taking the First Step
Detox is a crucial first step towards recovery of many people suffering from chronic addiction. Although it is very important, it should be remembered that detox is just a FIRST step, and is not a substitute for rehabilitation as a whole. Most detox facilities don’t offer reinforcement after the detox process, but our staff understands how easy it is to relapse after finally getting clean. Detox in tandem with rehab for substance abuse makes detox rehabilitation a tremendously effective first step. Following up detox with a treatment program is an addict’s best possible chance for total recovery. Contact our professional recovery specialists at 657-298-4892 for additional information about detox, rehabilitation, and treatment, or to find detox and treatment facilities.