Medical Detox – Middletown (845) 207-5158

Detoxifying the body of drugs or alcohol is the first step in drug treatment. Medical detox is a medically supervised process of removing traces of a harmful substance from the body to break a physical addiction.

Addiction is a highly complex disease that’s both physical and psychological. The physical aspect of addiction is caused by changes in brain structure and function that occur over time, and when the substance is withheld, the brain continues to operate as though the substance is still in the body. This is what causes withdrawal symptoms, which are the body’s way of telling you that it needs the drug to function properly. Without the help of medical detox, many patients don’t make it far in the withdrawal process before relapsing.

Medical detox addresses the physical symptoms of withdrawal by administering medications to help control the intensity of cravings, shorten the duration of detox, and alleviate other uncomfortable symptoms. Medical detox must take place at an inpatient rehab center or through an outpatient rehab program.

If you are looking to overcome a drug or alcohol dependence Drug Treatment Centers Middletown not only offers medical detoxification for physical dependence but treatment for the mental addiction as well. Call us today at (845) 207-5158.

Detoxing Without Medical Supervision Can Be Dangerous

Withdrawal symptoms associated with alcohol and central nervous system depressants like Xanax and Klonopin can be very dangerous or, in some cases, fatal. Seizures, high blood pressure, elevated body temperature, and an increased heart rate often accompany withdrawal from these substances, and these symptoms require immediate medical intervention.

Detoxing at home isn’t just dangerous, but it’s also largely ineffective. The symptoms of withdrawal from any drug will produce intense cravings as well as uncomfortable physical symptoms like vomiting, depression, or chills, and many patients turn back to the substance of addiction just to make the discomfort and cravings stop.

Types of Detox Programs

Inpatient detox programs provide around-the-clock supervision and care during the withdrawal process. They allow patients time away from the triggers and stresses of the outside world so that they can focus solely on recovery. Inpatient detox programs are best for people who have a long history of addiction issues or a co-occurring mental illness. Inpatient treatment is essential for those who are ambivalent toward getting better.

Outpatient detox programs allow patients to remain at home during detox and treatment so that they can continue to meet their obligations at work, school, or home. Outpatient detox and treatment can be highly successful for people who have strong intrinsic motivation to get and stay sober, as long as they have solid support from those at home.

Medical opiate detox is a controversial method of opiate detox and involves putting the patient under general anesthesia during the withdrawal process so that they wake up fully detoxed, with medications blocking cravings. This type of detox must take place in a residential detox facility.

Withdrawal Symptoms and Drugs Used to Treat Them

Different drugs produce different withdrawal symptoms, which may range in intensity from mild to severe. Not every patient experiences all of the withdrawal symptoms, and the severity of the symptoms depend on the severity of the addiction and how much of the substance is in the body at the time of detox.

Alcohol Withdrawal

Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal include:

  • Tremors.
  • Seizures.
  • Hallucinations.
  • Anxiety and depression.
  • Paranoia.
  • Sweats.

Drugs used to treat these symptoms include:

  • Paxil to reduce depression and alleviate insomnia.
  • Neurotonin to prevent or treat seizures.
  • Antabuse to change the way the body reacts to alcohol, producing undesirable effects when alcohol is consumed.

Opiate Withdrawal

Symptoms of opiate withdrawal, including withdrawal from the illegal drug heroin and opiate prescription painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin, include:

  • Anxiety and agitation.
  • Insomnia and low energy.
  • Hot and cold sweats.
  • Muscle aches.
  • Abdominal cramps and diarrhea.
  • Nausea and vomiting.

Medications used to treat these withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Methadone to alleviate intense cravings.
  • Clonidine to reduce anxiety and relieve cramps.
  • Subutex to reduce the time it takes to detox.
  • Paxil to alleviate depressive symptoms.

Stimulant Withdrawal

Stimulants like the prescription drugs Adderall and Dexedrine and illegal drugs like cocaine and meth produce uncomfortable, but rarely dangerous, symptoms. Meth withdrawal is particularly intense, which is one reason why the relapse rate for meth addiction is so high. Withdrawal symptoms for meth include:

  • Intense lethargy.
  • Deep depression.
  • Extreme anxiety.
  • Psychosis and paranoia.

While there are no medications specifically designed to help patients detox from stimulants, bupropion (Zyban) is often prescribed to help reduce cravings and the intensity of depression.

Sedative Withdrawal

Withdrawal from sedatives like the prescription medications Xanax, Ativan, and Klonopin can be very dangerous and includes dangerous shifts in heart rate, body temperature, and breathing. Other symptoms include:

  • Sweating and shaking.
  • Anxiety and general restlessness.
  • Nausea and vomiting.

Because there are no medications to increase the safety of sedative withdrawal, detox is a tapering off process that takes place over time to prevent these symptoms.

You don’t have to go through withdrawal alone. Let Drug Treatment Centers Middletown give you the safety and support you deserve while overcoming an addiction. We provide the necessary means for a successful drug rehabilitation. Call now at (845) 207-5158.

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