Alcohol or drug detox is a process whereby all illicit substances are eliminated from the body. A medical detox is a process where qualified professionals supervise the process using prescribed medications.
A medical detox takes place in a controlled environment where doctors and nurses can administer medication so that a person’s body is not shocked by the abrupt cessation of drugs or alcohol.
Such an abrupt stop can be painful and even fatal. Weaning a person off drugs or alcohol with a medical detox slowly helps to keep the person comfortable and safe. A medical detox eliminates the physical dependence on illicit substances once the process is complete.
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It is extremely dangerous and not recommended to detoxify at home. There would be no medical staff there to assist in emergency situations, which can happen quickly and easily. Also, prescribed medications to ease withdrawal symptoms are not available in a home detox.
In addition to prescribed medications given during the detox, intravenous nutritional supplements are also administered. Since abusers are commonly malnourished, this type of detox treatment helps a person feel more comfortable and speed the overall process.
Physical health treatment, depending on the health issues uncovered during assessment, are another type of detox treatment. Any co-existing mental health disorders are treated as a detox process as well.
The symptoms of alcohol withdrawal include tremors, sleeplessness, and anxiety, which may begin within a few hours after the last drink. The alcoholic may also experience hallucinations. These hallucinations can be tactile (feeling like skin is crawling) or visual. Within a few days, a person may experience seizures. They also may experience delirium tremens (DTs), which may cause them to pass in and out of consciousness, have high blood pressure, and rapid heart rate. Aggressiveness during the withdrawal process is also possible.
The doctors at drug rehab treatment programs in Chicago IL are qualified and will administer treatment medication for withdrawal and detox when needed. Serious withdrawal and uncomfortable symptoms will be treated with appropriate medications to alleviate discomfort and minimize complications.
Suboxone is a treatment medication administered to people with opiate addictions. There is buprenorphine in suboxone which attaches to empty opioid receptors in the brain. This binding suppresses withdrawal symptoms and reducing cravings. This binding also prevents feelings of a “rush” and euphoria as buprenorphine blocks all other opiates from binding. Suboxone is placed below the tongue to dissolve and enter the bloodstream quickly. Suboxone can be taken at home whereas, another medication named methadone, needs to be dispensed and taken under medical supervision.
Methadone is an opioid painkiller used to treat addictions to opiates and opioids such as heroin, Oxycontin, and Vicodin. Methadone blocks the brain’s opiate receptors, so if an addict takes other illicit substances containing opiates after taking methadone, they won’t experience the “high.”
In addition, methadone replaces the original opiate of addiction. It gives the body opiates it craves and alleviates opiate withdrawal. Since there is no “high” or withdrawal, individuals can live free from dependence on opiates and the resulting negative consequences. Methadone does have a potential for addiction, so it is administered under medical supervision, such as in a methadone clinic.
A detox by itself will most likely trigger a relapse. A detox simply eliminates substances from the body in a controlled way. Treatment is needed after detox to sustain sobriety by conducting behavioral therapy, counseling, group meetings and aftercare services. Detox cannot stand alone as effective treatment.
Residential treatment for detoxifying is the safest choice. Alcohol Treatment Centers Chicago can be reached at (312) 445-8817. We offer residential treatment including medical detox protocols to conduct a safe, controlled and comfortable detox. Around the clock monitoring, administering medications and handling any unexpected situations makes our residential treatment centers the recommended choice.