A substance abuse addiction causes a person to be physically reliant on drugs or alcohol. This reliance means a person experiences drug withdrawals associated with stopping using drugs or alcohol. Medical detox can help to reduce withdrawal symptoms associated with overcoming a physical dependence on drugs or alcohol.
Going “cold turkey” when quitting an addictive substance can abruptly shock a person’s body, causing him or her to experience the worst effects of substance withdrawal. A medical detox program utilizes a different approach to creating a plan to slowly withdraw from a substance to minimize withdrawal symptoms and enhance a person’s chances for a successful recovery.
Medical detox is a safer alternative to detoxing at home because withdrawing from some substances can cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms that may require medical management to keep a person safe. For example, withdrawal from alcohol can cause hallucinations, seizures and severe depression that could lead a person to experience suicidal thoughts. To begin a safe and comfortable detox protocol, call the experts at Drug Rehab Centers Lakewood at (732) 529-2096.
Detox programs are available to treat a number of substances that are commonly abused. Examples include alcohol, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamines. Detox programs are also available to treat prescription medications, such as tranquilizers, sedatives, stimulants (such as Ritalin and Adderall) and opiates, including morphine, hydrocodone, and hydromorphone (Dilaudid).
Because a person is physically dependent upon a substance, he or she will experience symptoms to some degree when detoxing from a particular substance.
Alcohol: Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can include seizures, anxiety, rapid heart rate, confusion, seeing things that aren’t there, irrational fears and tremors.
Cocaine: Withdrawal symptoms may include depression, body aches, chills, pain, tremors, anxiety, shakiness and strong cravings for the drug.
Methamphetamines: Symptoms can include excessive sleepiness, increased appetite, anxiety, psychosis, paranoia, and depression.
Opiate addictions, including heroin: Examples of withdrawal symptoms include nausea, vomiting, stomach cramping, low blood pressure, restless legs and dilated pupils.
Doctors Drug Rehab Lakewood can prescribe medications to help patients manage withdrawal symptoms associated with substance abuse. Examples of addictions that have available medication treatments include:
Alcohol withdrawals, which can be treated with Neurontin, an anti-seizure medication,
Antabuse, a medication that causes a person to feel ill if he or she drinks alcohol.
Opiate addictions, which include to heroin or painkilling medications, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, and hydromorphone (Dilaudid). Doctors can prescribe medications to reduce cravings associated with drug abuse, such as methadone, Naltrexone or Suboxone.
Many people attempt to quit abusing a particular substance, yet find themselves relapsing due to strong cravings or physical withdrawal symptoms. By prescribing medicines that help them feel better, the patient may be better equipped to resist the urge to relapse and continue successful treatment.
Residential treatment programs can provide a safe place for a person to go through the physical detox process. The ability to take medications throughout this process can also prevent potentially life-threatening symptoms and severe feelings of depression that can lead to suicidal thoughts. Residential treatment can provide the support and training that equip patients to achieve and maintain sobriety.
To learn more about medical detox services at Drug Rehab Centers, please call (732) 529-2096.
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