There are many stages to a successful rehabilitation program, from medical detox and drug treatment to ongoing therapy and relapse prevention programs. Medical detox describes a range of intervention processes designed to manage the withdrawal symptoms from drug and alcohol dependence, while under the care and supervision of a team of trained medical professionals.
This process often includes the administration of prescription drugs to manage symptoms and alleviate pain, but does not necessarily address the precedents of addiction. Medical detox is an important part of drug rehabilitation, and forms the backbone of drug and alcohol treatment, along with therapy and relapse prevention. The methods used in medical detox depend greatly on the individual, along with the substance and extent of abuse.
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This process of withdrawal typically involves three separate stages, as defined by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The first step is evaluation, where the patient’s condition is analyzed with regard to specific substances, dual diagnosis and possible mental and behavioral issues. The second step is stabilization, where the patient is guided through the process of detoxification either with or without medications. While some detox programs rely heavily on medication, others may not use drugs at all, instead relying on intervention and addiction recovery therapy. The third and last stage of detox involves guiding the patient into therapy, where the real issues of addiction can be addressed and dealt with over time.
Drug detoxification may be either a rapid or slow process, with the length of time and extent of intervention depending on the substance of abuse and extent of addiction. Alcohol detox typically involves the prescription of benzodiazepines followed by barbiturates, with drugs used including Librium, Valium, Ativan and Serax.
Because the process of detoxification is potentially dangerous and often requires medical treatment, it’s normally recommended for addicts to detox at a rehab facility that offers an inpatient program. At Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers Melbourne, we are able to help people at all stages of addiction, through medical detox, therapy and relapse prevention.
The symptoms associated with detox depend greatly on the drug of abuse, with opiates such as heroin typically involving a period of intense withdrawal. Heroin withdrawal can involve sweating, anxiety, depression, malaise, priapism, tears, insomnia, cold sweats, nausea, cramping, diarrhea and fever.
The extent of symptoms depends on the typical dosage level and length of addiction, with medications often used to alleviate symptoms and aid the recovery process. Some of the drugs used for heroin and opiate withdrawal include Suboxone, methadone and Naltrexone. While each of these medications has been criticized, especially in regard to long-term use, they are regularly used in medical detox and withdrawal programs.
Suboxone is a buprenorphine drug used for the management of opioid dependence, typically used as an alternative to methadone in opiate replacement therapy. Methadone works in a similar way to Suboxone, reducing or eliminating opiate cravings and helping addicts to improve their health and social productivity over time.
While methadone can become addictive in a similar way to heroin and other opiates, it is also used as a way to transition from opiate dependency in a rehabilitation environment. Naltrexone is another class of drug entirely, helping patients to overcome opioid addiction by reducing cravings as a result of blocking the drugs’ euphoric effects.
Naltrexone is also used for alcohol withdrawal, and has shown an efficacy in reducing the frequency and severity of alcohol relapse. Regardless of the drug being abused, people should always seek a residential treatment center for a safe and effective detox.
At Drug Treatment Centers Melbourne, we have the experience and medical expertise to help patients get through the withdrawal process safely and as comfortably as possible. Call us today to find out more about our treatment programs at (321) 203-5028.
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