Drug and alcohol addiction takes a serious toll on physical and mental health, and causes a number of social problems for those who struggle with it. Getting help for a chemical dependence issue can improve almost every aspect of life, but it takes commitment and dedication
The first step in any drug or alcohol treatment program is detoxification. Medical detox is a process that is commonly used for this, due to its high success rate in getting patients through the painful and often-frightening withdrawal period. Medical detox requires round-the-clock medical supervision and may involve the administration of drugs that help alleviate withdrawal symptoms, reduce cravings, and ensure safety during the withdrawal process. Medical detox is performed under the supervision of a team of physicians, mental health professionals, and nutritionists, and while inpatient medical detox is the ideal way to rid the body of harmful substances, outpatient programs can be successful as well, as long as the patient is committed to recovery and has an equally committed support system in place.
The Dangers of Quitting Alone
Detoxifying the body of any harmful, addictive substance could lead to uncomfortable, and sometimes painful, withdrawal symptoms. But in many cases, especially during the alcohol withdrawal process, the symptoms can be highly dangerous and even deadly. Detoxing at home is never recommended for this reason.
Another pitfall of doing it alone is the high rate of relapse, which typically occurs due to the inability to cope with the cravings and symptoms, including severe anxiety and depression and physical health conditions like increased blood pressure or convulsions. If you or someone you love is struggling with symptoms of withdrawal or is having trouble quitting drugs on their own, now is the time to seek help. Call Peekskill Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers at 914-293-2718 today.
Drugs Used in Medical Alcohol Detox
Withdrawing from alcohol is as painful and uncomfortable as it is dangerous, but with certain medications, the withdrawal symptoms and cravings can be alleviated and dangerous conditions can be prevented.
Benzodiazepines like Ativan and Klonopin are used to treat symptoms like anxiety, depression, and insomnia.
Anticonvulsants are used to prevent seizures, which can occur frequently over a short period of time.
Beta blockers are used to control more dangerous symptoms like high blood pressure, pulse rate, and breathing rate.
Drugs Used in Medical Drug Detox
There are no FDA-approved drugs to help those withdrawing from stimulants like the prescription drug Adderall or the illegal street drug crystal meth. However, in some cases, Bupropion will be administered to help reduce cravings and depressive symptoms associated with stimulant withdrawal.
Medical detox from opiates, such as prescription drugs like Oxycontin and Vicodin or illegal drugs like heroin, may include one or more medications such as Suboxone, Methadone, Naltrexone, and Paxil, to alleviate symptoms and reduce cravings.
Detox is Just the First Step in Recovery
When it comes to drug and alcohol addiction, it’s often the underlying issues that led to the substance abuse and resulted in the addiction. These issues may be physical or mental, or a combination of both. Family or personal issues and untreated mental or physical health problems must be addressed for a successful recovery. Part of the medical detox protocol is assessing the patient for these issues, which will be addressed during treatment once the detox process is complete.
Call Drug Treatment Centers Peekskill, NY today at 914-293-2718 and get the help you need. Our addiction specialists are ready to take your call and answer any questions you may have.