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Medical Detox РHauppauge (631)-729-7104

Detoxification is the process of removing a harmful substance from the body. It’s the first step in drug and alcohol treatment. Addiction is a disease that causes shifts in brain structures and functions. When the substance of addiction is withheld from the body, these changes can cause withdrawal symptoms. Symptoms begin to wane once the traces of the drug leave the body. In most cases, brain function will eventually return to normal.

Medical detox is crucial for substance abuse recovery. The process is supervised by medical professionals and involves administering medications as needed to control cravings and help alleviate withdrawal symptoms.

With some drugs, withdrawal can be very dangerous or even fatal. Medical detox is essential to rid the body of abused substances safely and effectively. Medical detox can take place in a residential treatment facility or as part of an outpatient treatment program. Call Drug Treatment Centers Hauppauge today at (631)-729-7104 to get started on living a new, healthier life.

The Dangers of Unsupervised Detox

It is important for patients to receive medical detox care by a professional. Those who attempt to stop using addictive substances without medical intervention often experience excruciating withdrawal symptoms.

Withdrawal from alcohol and prescription sedatives can be particularly dangerous or even fatal. Alcohol withdrawal can produce dangerous shifts in body temperature, blood pressure, and other body functions.

Some patients can experience delirium tremens (DTs), a severe form of alcohol withdrawal that affects the mental and nervous systems. Without proper treatment, this condition can cause symptoms like seizures, hallucinations, and even death.

With sedatives like Xanax or Valium, quitting without proper detoxification can result in elevated heart functions and body temperature. Like alcohol, the sudden halt of the use of these substances can also cause seizures.

Types of Detox Programs

Inpatient and outpatient treatments are two types of medical detox programs.

    • Inpatient programs allow those in recovery time away from stress and triggers so that they can focus on beating the addiction.
    • Outpatient programs offer more privacy since an extended absence won’t need to be explained, and they allow patients to continue meeting responsibilities at home, work, or school.

Withdrawal Symptoms and Medications Used During Detox

Withdrawal symptoms vary depending on the drug of addiction and can range from mild to severe. Not all patients will experience all of the withdrawal symptoms related to a particular drug.

Opiate Withdrawal and Detox

Opiates include the illegal drug heroin and prescription medications like OxyContin and Fentanyl. Withdrawal symptoms from these drugs include muscle aches, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, depression, anxiety, and lethargy.

Medications used during opiate detox include:

      • Subutex to shorten the duration of the process and help alleviate some symptoms.
      • Clonidine to reduce anxiety and agitation.
      • Methadone to suppress cravings and prevent intense withdrawal symptoms.
      • Paxil to treat depressive symptoms associated with detox.

Alcohol Withdrawal and Detox

Detoxing from alcohol can be dangerous. Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal include hallucinations, tremors, depression and anxiety, delirium tremens, and seizures.

Medications used to treat symptoms of alcohol withdrawal include:

      • Neurotonin to prevent or treat seizures and help restore normal brain function.
      • Paxil to alleviate depressive symptoms.
      • Chantix to alleviate the intensity of cravings.

Stimulant Withdrawal and Detox

Withdrawal from stimulants like cocaine and the prescription drug Adderall is typically safe, but the symptoms can be severe, especially during withdrawal from methamphetamine. While there are no drugs designed to treat withdrawal symptoms associated with stimulants, bupropion is often prescribed to help reduce cravings and alleviate depression associated with detox.

Sedative Withdrawal and Detox

Quitting sedatives without professional assistance can be dangerous. There are no medications available to treat withdrawal symptoms, which include an increase in blood pressure and body temperature. Safe detox for Xanax and Valium involves tapering off doses to prevent the onset of symptoms.

Medical Detox at a Residential Treatment Center is Ideal

Although outpatient detox can be successful in many cases, inpatient detox offers respite from the stress and triggers in the outside world. Inpatient programs provide around-the-clock support and professional care.

We offer alternative therapies like yoga, meditation, acupuncture, and massage therapy. These therapeutic activities help increase comfort and alleviate cravings during withdrawal.

During the detox process at our residential facility, underlying mental and physical health issues will be assessed and an individualized program will be developed to treat the psychological aspects of addiction once the treatment process is complete.

Get more information about our medical detox programs. Those suffering from addiction can find resources locally to begin effective drug and alcohol addiction treatment. Call Drug Treatment Centers Hauppauge, NY at (631)-729-7104 to learn more.

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