Medical detox is a medically supervised withdrawal process that takes place in a residential treatment center. Medical professionals may provide prescription medications to patients in order to help them rid their bodies of illicit substances and toxins. Withdrawal without any medication or medical assistance can be uncomfortable, painful, and even dangerous. A medical detox helps keep patients safe and comfortable while preventing health complications.
Since an abrupt stop from alcohol or drugs lead to shock, painful symptoms, and in some cases death, it is recommended to go through a medical detox, as it is the safest method. Also, emergencies from complications of withdrawing can occur quickly, making a detoxification with qualified doctors and nurses on hand, the healthiest choice. Any complications can be dealt with by medical professionals immediately. To find out more about the withdrawal process and treatment options available around you, Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers Grand Rapids know all about addiction and the facilities that best fit an addict’s needs, call 616-828-4790.
Home detoxification can be dangerous and even cause death in serious cases. Also, there is no medical supervision for emergencies. In addition, medications to alleviate symptoms can only be administered in a medical environment. A home detox would not have the availability of these needed medications, nor the supervision to administer it.
An alcohol detox program for alcohol dependence eliminates alcohol intake and uses medications such as benzodiazepines and anticonvulsants. Since seizures and convulsions are a threat, these medications control these threats. Other medications are used to help stop further cravings for alcohol.
A drug detox depends on which substances were abused and are currently in the body. A medical detox for opiates typically involves substitution of opioid medication to replace the opiates. Helping to reduce and relieve withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings using these types of medications, like Suboxone and Methadone, which also help prevent a relapse.
Each substance has unique sets of withdrawal symptoms. Below are some examples of withdrawal symptoms associated with the substance.
A detox can’t stand alone. It can trigger a relapse as a person could still psychologically crave the addictive substances and experience overwhelming cravings. Once a medical detoxification is finished, additional therapies are needed to support the person. Learning to live an addiction-free life through therapy and counseling, as well as aftercare services, are needed. Aftercare services include sober living homes, group meetings, individual counseling, and family therapy.
A medical detoxification in a detox center followed by residential treatment is the recommended process to ensuring an addiction-free life. You don’t have to suffer the pain of alcohol or drug addiction any longer. Help is only a phone call away. Call the staff at Alcohol Drug Treatment Grand Rapids at 616-828-4790 today for information on addiction and to go over rehab facilities that would best suit your needs.