Detox is one of the first steps in treatment for drug and alcohol abuse. It involves the removal of toxins from the bloodstream. One of the indicators of addiction is when withdrawal symptoms start-up once drugs cease to be in the body. Although the effects range from mild to severe, the fact they are present is challenging for people to deal with. Medically assisted detox can be very helpful for people. Find out more about which drugs may require this type of therapy to help them and how to find in rehab.
What is Medically Assisted Detox
Medically assisted detox is done by medical personnel around the clock in a facility. Some drugs require tapering off period in order to slowly reduce the number of drugs found in the system. Others may require medications during detox to manage withdrawal and cravings. Addiction to drugs may require detox more than others. The most likely candidates include:
When doing medically assisted detox, people often are trying to stabilize their bodies enough so they can enter rehab and start recovery. Detox, though part of rehab, is a different piece that takes up to two weeks initially and can last as long as six months to a year but is managed throughout the recovery period that the first year.
Opioid drugs include prescription drugs like OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, fentanyl, and codeine products. Opioid drugs bind to opioid receptors in the brain, blocking pain sensations and producing calming, euphoric feelings. These drugs may be highly addictive. Drug overdose death can happen to people using opioids or any other drug, but opioids are mostly in the news right now. Opioid addiction must be managed first with medically-assisted detox to support the emotional and physical side effects of withdrawal. This includes nausea, diarrhea, muscle aches, restlessness, and more.
Xanax and its generic form alprazolam is a commonly prescribed psychiatric drug. Millions of prescriptions were written in the mid-2000s, with approximately one in 20 American adults between ages 18 and 80 being prescribed a benzo. Benzo medication acts as a depressant on the central nervous system, calming anxiety and helping them sleep. It also slows the heart rate and blood pressure. Body temperature is reduced, creating calm and relaxed feelings. Benzo withdrawal is not generally life-threatening but requires assistance from medical professionals to taper the dosages in rehab to avoid difficult withdrawal side effects.
Suddenly stopping alcohol consumption when someone has a severe alcoholism disorder can be fatal. A person needs medical assistance to stop drinking so they don’t suddenly drop their heart rate or cease breathing as a result. Some people experience delirium tremens (DTs), which is a severe form of alcohol withdrawal. The safest detox is by highly trained medical professionals in a specialized facility after an assessment is done. Every person needs something different and can receive the help they need when given proper treatment with a personalized approach.
The Last Resort provides a safe, supportive environment for men in a retreat-like setting. Our goal is to provide you with a safe space to experience rehab. If you are struggling with addiction, we provide a place to come and get away from everything so you can heal. To get started, call us at 512-750-6750.