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Medical detox involves the process of eliminating addictive substances from the body while under the medical supervision of physicians or qualified addiction professionals. There can be painful symptoms associated with medical detox that can last for a number of days. The pain can sometimes get in the way of treatment to halt a drug abuse problem. Withdrawal symptoms during medical detox can vary depending upon the substance a person is trying to quit using.
The medical detox process involves the drug- or alcohol-dependent person ceasing to use the addictive substance, coupled with taking a prescribed medication to ease the painful symptoms that can take place. This must be done under the supervision and guidance of a medical team.
Withdrawal from illegal drugs such as crystal meth can be extremely unpleasant. Detoxing from meth can cause severe depression, lethargy, increased sleepiness, teeth grinding, sweats, cravings and even thoughts of suicide. Cocaine or crack withdrawal is also not pleasant and can include depression, anxiety, chills, pains, tremors, lack of concentration and intense cravings. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should get help now. Call Drug Treatment Centers Carteret at (732) 226-8901 and find out more about our treatment services.
It is very dangerous to attempt to detox at home. The act of suddenly quitting drinking alcohol in particular, can be not only difficult, but also fatal when done without professional help.
Symptoms that can arise from alcohol detox include irritability, anxiousness, loss of sleep, shaky hands, sweats, tense muscles, headaches, nausea, vomiting and heart palpitations. More dangerous symptoms that can occur from alcohol withdrawal range from heart attacks to Delirium tremens (DTs), which are characterized by hallucinations, seizures, confusion, high fever and require immediate medical attention. In order to lessen the pain of alcohol detox withdrawal, there are medications given to alleviate these disturbing symptoms. Drugs that can help are those in the benzodiazepine family, for example, Valium or Ativan.
Alcoholism detox is a process that works in two stages. The first stage occurs over a few days’ time and is the most dangerous and possibly fatal phase of detox. The second stage takes place over months, letting the brain get back to functioning normally again, with lingering non-life-threatening symptoms still taking place, such as anxiety.
There are various types of detox options. The National Institute on Drug Abuse underlines the seriousness of drug addiction, and that there is no one treatment that is targeted or correct for everyone.
There are outpatient facilities that are open during the day, allowing the patient to go home in the evening. This is often a good option if the patient is trying to detox from just one substance or addiction and the risks of danger are not high. Outpatient detox centers are good for those with mild symptoms. They will receive good social support there, be able to keep working and enjoy their relationships and freedom with fewer life disruptions.
Inpatient facilities will give patients similar care as an outpatient facility, but that care is provided 24 hours a day during the treatment period. All temptations relating to the patient’s addiction are removed, lessening greatly the likelihood of relapse after treatment.
A medical detox treatment program can greatly help prevent a relapse of drug use. Treatment helps users recognize what triggers their desire for using substances. Some triggers can include the environment an addict find himself in, stress triggers such as anger or sadness or being with people who are still abusing substances. With medical, psychological and planned management, the likelihood of a relapse can be avoided.
Carteret Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers can provide you with the tools you need to combat your addiction. Call Drug Treatment Centers Carteret now at (732) 226-8901 to speak to an addiction specialist who can explain what the recovery process entails and how you can get the help you need.
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