People who are addicted to drugs or alcohol will likely need to participate in a medical detox program before seeking treatment. Attempting to withdraw from substances on one’s own can be dangerous and even deadly. Addiction Campuses offers medical detox programs that provide a safe and comfortable environment for individuals to rid their bodies of toxins and get on the road to recovery from addiction.
What Is Medical Alcohol And Drug Detox?
Detoxification is the process of ridding the body from the chemicals and toxins that have attached themselves to the brain, internal organs, and systems due to substance abuse. In a medical setting, someone who is going through detox will be overseen by medical personnel. Trained medical doctors will closely monitor heart rate patterns, blood pressure, and stress on the patient. Medical detox refers to controlled and medically supervised withdrawal.
Medical detox is the first step in the recovery process. The end result of a successful medical detox is that a person no longer has any medical risks caused by the cessation of drugs or alcohol. Many people will need to attend a medical detox program before they can enter an addiction treatment facility. This ensures that they will not experience withdrawal symptoms that could be uncomfortable or even dangerous when in treatment.
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Who Should Attend A Medical Detox Program?
Not everyone will need to attend a medically supervised detox program. Whether a person needs a medical detox program will depend on the type of drugs he or she is dependent on and the level of addiction.
The following are the substances that, when a person is dependent on, require medical detox:
- Alcohol — This includes all kinds of alcohol, such as beer, wine, and liquor
- Prescription Pain Medication — Oxycontin, Vicodin, hydrocodone, codeine, Demerol, Dilaudid, Darvon, Lortab, morphine
- Prescription Benzodiazepines — Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan
- Sleeping Medicine — Halcion, Lunesta, Ambien
Medical detox can make a difference between a life or death situation, help prevent an emergency, and prepare an individual struggling with substance addiction for recovery treatment and ongoing counseling. Addiction Campuses accesses each individual to determine if they require medical detoxification.
Benefits Of Medical Alcohol And Drug Detox
There are a number of benefits that come with attending a medically supervised detox program. To begin, a medical detox program can prevent potentially life-threatening situations that can occur as a result of stopping certain substances. For example, suddenly quitting benzodiazepines after years of abuse can be deadly without medical supervision and assistance.
Additional benefits of a medical alcohol and drug detox program include:
- around-the-clock medical supervision
- a comfortable and supportive environment
- access to medications that can help ease withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings
- support for transitioning into the next phase of treatment
At Addiction Campuses, we offer a program that can include medication, doctor support, and therapy to make this time as comfortable as possible. We then ensure a smooth transition between detox and residential treatment.
Finding A Medical Alcohol And Drug Detox Program That’s Right For Me
Detoxification from drugs and/or alcohol is the first step in recovering from a substance use disorder. A medical detox program can help a person withdraw from substances in the most comfortable and safe way possible. These programs can also assist in the transition into a treatment program once a person has successfully withdrawn from substances.
If you are wondering whether a detox program is right for you, contact an Addiction Campuses’ treatment specialist today. We can help you determine if medical detox is necessary for you and assist in helping you find the program that best meets your needs.