People who abuse alcohol, prescription drugs or illegal drugs, can become dependent and suffer withdrawal symptoms if they suddenly stop taking them. The first step in removing this dependence is to detoxify the body, which means clearing the drugs out of the system and returning the body to the state it was in before dependency set in.
Withdrawal can cause extremely severe symptoms. At Drug Treatment Centers Montclair, we use medical detox procedures to reduce the symptoms and make the process easier and more comfortable for the patient. Medical detox protocols use medications to minimize withdrawal symptoms, reduce the associated stress associated with them, and to help the patient sleep. For more information, call (826) 205-6078.
The body detoxifies itself, largely through the cleansing actions of the liver and kidneys, and medical detox provides each patient with the medical care necessary to ensure the process is as comfortable and as safe as it can possibly be.
It is possible to stay at home and simply stop the use of drugs or alcohol, but the symptoms of withdrawal can be very intense and unpredictable. They can include intense cravings, dehydration, insomnia, tremors, anxiety, panic, nausea, vomiting, and headaches. In severe cases, the patient may hallucinate or suffer from seizures that can even be fatal.
Detoxing at home is also dangerous because the person is in the same environment in which they became dependent, and if the withdrawal symptoms grow too intense, they may decide to take the drug or alcohol to ease their suffering. It is always safer and more successful to detox in a specialized facility where the patient is kept safe and under strict supervision to ensure the process is as smooth as possible.
Alcohol detox is one of the most difficult programs because withdrawal symptoms can be severe and relapse is more likely because alcohol is so pervasive in our culture. Drugs used for medical detox for alcohol do not help the person stop drinking, but can reduce the withdrawal symptoms and make the detox process much easier. The most common drugs used are benzodiazepines such as Valium, Serax, or Librium. Nutritional supplements may also be administered.
The most commonly abused prescription drugs are pain relievers, sleeping pills, and stimulants. Counseling, natural therapies, and other programs offered at Montclair Detox and Rehab Centers can all help patients through the detox from prescription drugs. The medications given depend on the type of drug being abused, but may include methadone, naltrexone or buprenorphine, as well as nutritional support and medications to help with stress and anxiety.
There are many illegal drugs to which people can become addicted. These include heroin, crystal methamphetamine, cocaine, ecstasy, and others. Medications used during detox vary from one drug to the other, but commonly include methadone or buprenorphine for opiate addictions (such as heroin). Drugs are being developed to help detox from stimulants such as crystal meth, and medications are used to alleviate the emotional and physical withdrawal symptoms, reduce anxiety, and to help the patient sleep.
Medical detox an important first step in any drug or alcohol rehabilitation program. At Drug Rehab Centers Montclair, our medical staff is dedicated to making sure every patient receives the optimum level of care throughout the entire treatment process. Call us today at (826) 205-6078 and get the help you deserve.