To begin the process of recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction, an addict must go through detoxification. It requires the person to abstain from substance abuse while the toxins are removed from the body. The person often goes through severe withdrawal that can be quite painful. Medical detox can help the addict during the process and improve the chance of success. Without the assistance of addiction specialists during a medical detox, addicts have a much higher chance of relapse. Call Drug Treatment Centers Panama City at 850-460-3169 and give you or your loved one the advantage of a medical detox.
First, you must understand the detoxification process. It is a period that lasts a few days where the person must readjust to life without the substance he or she has been addicted to. During this time, the body craves the substance and reacts to not having it. Medical detox can alleviate some of the most severe symptoms. The drugs used in medical detox work in different ways. The one chosen is based on the individual and the substance being removed. For drugs like heroin or morphine, Methadone has been found to be successful. It helps reduce some of the worst symptoms. Other medications for opiate detoxification include buprenorphine and clonidine.
If the person is detoxing from alcohol, he or she may be prescribed a low dose of Valium or Ativan to help with the symptoms of depression that are common in alcoholics and made more prevalent during detoxificaiton. Other medications commonly used include diazepam and chlordiazepoxide. They are designed to help with withdrawal symptoms in a safe environment. Another option for withdrawal treatment is benzodiazepine, which includes Librium and Valium.
People who are addicted to stimulants are often prescribed anti-depressant medication for short-term use. One medication, Norpramin, is used to treat the most severe withdrawal symptoms. Diazepam may be prescribed for more moderate withdrawal symptoms, but it is not as beneficial for the more severe problems.
Sometimes benzodiazepine tranquilizers are used for the detoxification of cocaine and methamphetamine. Any of these medications must be used carefully and monitored to prevent addiction. When taken as prescribed, they can lessen the severity of detox.
People may choose between inpatient or outpatient treatment for addiction, including the detoxification process. With outpatient detox, the person spends the day at the center and goes home at night. This provides the least disruption to the person and his or her schedule and relationships.
Inpatient detoxification means the person will stay in the facility around the clock until the process is complete. Many times, the addict will have limited or no interaction with anyone outside the facility. This helps him or her focus on the detoxification process and helps reduce temptation to give up and relapse.
Outpatient detoxification is usually best reserved for those who have a strong support system at home or only have a mild addiction problem. Inpatient detox is the better option for anyone with a long-term addiction or someone that has been on multiple substances.
It is also important to consider after-detox treatment. Our facility provides therapy and other programs after the initial detox stage is finished. Detoxification is an important step in the recovery process, but it is only the first step. Once that process is finished, the real work of staying clean or sober begins. It is often easier to stick with a program when it covers the entire treatment plan.
Medical detox for drugs and alcohol is a viable option for anyone who is suffering from an addiction. It often makes the process more successful, which is the goal of the dedicated staff here at Drug Treatment Centers Panama City. Call us now at 850-460-3169 and let us build a program unique to your specific needs. Together, we can overcome this disease.
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