Are You Going In for a Drug or Alcohol Detox?

4 Things You Need to Know

Are You Going In for a Drug or Alcohol Detox? Here are 4 Things You Need to Know

Each year, thousands of people enter drug and alcohol treatment programs. One of the first things a massachusetts drug treatment facility will usually do is detox a new patient. Getting the drugs or alcohol out of a person’s system is the first step in getting them on the road to recovery. The following are some of the things you need to know about the various types of drug and alcohol detox programs out there.

1. The Opioid Detox

When trying to get opioids out of your system, you will be able to use a variety of drugs that have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. These drugs are specifically designed to ease the pain and other withdrawal symptoms common with this type of detox. Whether you are addicted to heroin or painkillers, taking these approved drugs is highly recommended due to the comfort and safety they can offer during this difficult detoxification process. The most common medications used during opioid detox is Buprenorphine and methadone. These drugs are generally administered to taper a patient off of painkillers and heroin while easing the severe withdrawals these drugs are known for.

The severity and duration of the withdrawal symptoms a patient experienced during opioid detox depends solely on how long they have been using. For the most part, the withdrawal symptoms common with heroin detox will show up hours after the last dose has been taken and will generally only last a few days. The withdrawal symptoms associated with opioid painkillers usually last much longer and cause far more discomfort.

2. The Alcohol Detox

The alcohol detox process can cause a variety of withdrawal symptoms. Without the proper medical attention and treatments during this type of detox, a patient will be at great risk. Finding a detox facility that has experience with this type of detox is essential. When going through alcohol detox, a patient may experience one or more of the following problems:

  • Perfuse sweating
  • Constant shivering
  • Increased anxiety levels
  • Slower thoughts and movements
  • Vomiting
  • Severe insomnia

If a person has been drinking for many years, they may experience a withdrawal condition referred to as Delirium Tremens. Without the proper treatment, this condition can lead to death. While it only occurs in 10% of patients going through alcohol withdrawals, it is still worth noting. Symptoms of this condition include things like hallucinations, agitation and overall changes in a patient’s mental function.

3.  Benzodiazepine Detox

Detoxing from Benzodiazepines can be quite draining. While drugs classified as Benzodiazepines, like Xanax or Valium have medicinal value, they are also highly addictive. When going through the detoxification process for these types of drugs, here are some of the withdrawal symptoms you may start to experience.

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Higher degree of irritability
  • Extreme headaches
  • Increased fatigue
  • Feeling anxious
  • Seizures

In most cases, medical staff overseeing a Benzodiazepine detox will usually administer drugs like Phenobarbital to lessen the withdrawal symptoms a patient experiences. A patient will have to stay under the care of a highly trained medical staff member until all of the toxins from the Benzodiazepines are out of their system. Until the drug is completely out of your body, you are at risk of having life-threatening seizures.

4. The Cocaine and Methamphetamine Detox

While the use of cocaine, methamphetamines and other stimulants do not create a physiological dependence, they can make a person very psychologically dependent on them. This means that the staff at a detox program will work hard to ensure addicts are given the mental tools they need to cope with this problem. When detoxing from cocaine, methamphetamines and other stimulants, you may start to experience problems like:

  • Higher levels of anxiety
  • Feeling irritable
  • Not being able to sleep
  • Severe cravings for the stimulants
  • Extreme fatigue

The only way to get the help you need to overcome drug and alcohol abuse is by working with the right rehabilitation program.

 


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