Drug Detox Clinics: Treatment for Overcoming Withdrawal Symptoms
Drug detoxification is the process of completely eliminating drugs from the body. Drug detoxification aims to safely manage withdrawal symptoms when a person stops taking particular drugs after an extended period of use.
Detoxification from drugs is an essential part of recovery and is often the first step in the practical rehabilitation process. The detox experience varies from one person to another and can depend on factors such as the addiction period and type of drug in question.
What Happens During Drug Detox?
During drug detoxification, a patient will be enrolled in a detox program which aims to draw out all toxins and drugs from the body. At each one of our Rehab Recovery facilities, we offer highly specialised private residential detox programs to give you or your loved one who is struggling with drug addiction the highest chance of recovery.
Private rehab facilities (inpatient programmes) without fail offer medical assistance whenever the patient needs. They also offer access to medication, and 24-hour access to medical professionals including nurses, doctors, and psychiatrists.
Extensive research into recovery and relapse indicate that inpatient detox programs are the most efficient and safe method of detoxification.
Our detox programs last from a week to 10 days or more. The program includes intense addiction therapy group sessions as soon as a patient is physically capable of attending therapy.
Private residential detox includes 24/7 care, support, and medication management to ensure patients are safe and comfortable throughout their treatment. This enables the patient detox, and withdraw from the drug safely and under expert supervision.
Patients can also be attended to swiftly to help them cope with mental withdrawal symptoms like depression and anxiety. At Rehab Recovery, we offer drug detoxification programmes for a variety of drug addictions. We currently offer detox programmes for:
Our treatment facilities are modern and well-equipped. Each one is also designed for comfort to allow relaxation and the highest chances of recovery. We have a variety of entertainment facilities, access to alternative therapies, entertainment suites, and books that occupy patients throughout the withdrawal process.
Types of Drug Detox
Below, we outline the two main types of drug detox that we offer to all of our patients:
1. Outpatient drug detoxification
This type of detox happens on an outpatient basis. Patients check-in and out of rehab for detox. The process also involves the prescription of medication. Outpatient drug detoxification is ideal for less severe addictions that don’t require constant patient monitoring.
2. Inpatient drug detoxification
Inpatient or residential detoxification is the most recommendable. This type of detox helps patients avoid relapse by putting them in a monitored conducive environment that promotes recovery. If a patient needs care, they can be attended to swiftly.
Inpatient private residential detox address all issues that an addict may have, including psychological problems and triggers.
Why Is Inpatient Treatment The Best Option For Drug Detox?
Inpatient treatment programs have many benefits which include:
- First and foremost, patients get psychiatric care to cope with mental health disorders like anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, and depression
- Inpatient care also comes with individualized treatment plans that increase a patient’s chances of recovery since care is customized to the specific needs of a patient
- Inpatient recovery also makes medicine maintenance possible as patients receive continuous interventions to cope with problematic symptoms as they arise
- Inpatient recovery also comes with group and individual therapy sessions where patients can see therapists to understand the root of their addiction problems. The sessions also allow the development of social skills and support systems
- Inpatient treatment also makes it possible for patients to go through drug education classes that teach them how drugs affect the body and mind
- Patients also get aftercare planning and life skill classes to ensure they recover completely and are able to become self-sufficient after treatment
What Is The Detox Process?
Below we have outlined the most popular drug detox process that we offer at many of our facilities. The process is as follows:
Step 1: Evaluation
Detoxification begins with an evaluation of incoming patients by medical professionals. Evaluation involves blood tests and comprehensive reviews of a patient’s medical, psychiatric, and drug histories. The evaluation process helps to design an effective treatment plan.
Step 2: Stabilisation
After evaluation, patients are stabilized using psychological and medical therapy. Addiction treatment medication can also be prescribed at this point to manage withdrawal symptoms.
Step 3: Treatment
Once a patient is stabilized, they can begin treatment developed in the evaluation phase after receiving an update. Private inpatient rehab offers the highest chances of recovery.
Various Methods of Drug Detox
There are different drug detox methods dictated by the drug in question, the length of addiction, whether there are multiple drug use and other underlying illnesses. The main detox methods include:
Benefits of Medically Assisted Detox
Medically supervised detox does not have to involve medication. It can be done naturally without medication and still be in a rehab or medical facility setting.
Medically-assisted detox is by far the best option for any drug detox. It comes with access to a medical practitioner and medical intervention if needed. It is a much safer and effective way of conquering addiction than attempting to tackle addiction on your own.
Medically assisted detox is better for handling withdrawal symptoms that may arise from drugs and medication like benzodiazepines. It provides unmatched relief allowing patients to concentrate on recovery.
Ideally, the detox should be offered on an inpatient basis. Outpatient detox programs require frequent daily trips to/from rehab clinics, which may not be practical.
The best candidates for medically assisted detox are those who are motivated to recover and those addicted to substances that are dangerous to withdraw from. Examples of medication used in medically assisted detox include:
Risks of Detoxing at Home
Detoxing at home poses a serious risk to your health for many reasons. Not only is it medically dangerous, but it can also result in some very unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, both physically and mentally.
The main reasons to detox within an inpatient facility include:
- Relapse is likely when detoxification is not supervised by professionals
- Patients recovering from drug addiction are not usually prepared for intense withdrawal symptoms, which can affect mental and physical health
- Detoxing at home can result in life-threatening conditions like seizures and cardiovascular problems. In fact, 30% of detox from sedatives done without treatment ends up in seizures
- It can cause mental health problems
Individuals who revert to home detox can also suffer from unpleasant withdrawal symptoms including:
- Suicidal thoughts
- Delusional thinking
Risks of Drug Detox Kits
Drug detox kits are manufactured methods for people to use at home in the hope of producing negative urine samples for drug tests. But they are largely unregulated and pose a series of health risks due to the chemicals ingested in the body which users hope will produce the desired result.
They work by a process of vitro adulteration, which means adding chemicals to a urine sample with the aim of the artificial chemicals interacting with drug existing toxins. Many drug detox kits, which can be bought over the counter, hail themselves to be ‘cleanses’ or at-home ‘detox programmes.’
This is solely because the kits aim to eliminate drugs from the body of over a short space of time – from a couple of hours to a week. They are often used to rid the body of illegal substances – but do not take into consideration the possible withdrawal symptoms that arise during the detox process.
Some inventions go by the market names of Stinger Detox, Premium Detox, Fizzy Flush, Green Clean Drug Detox Drink, Detoxify Xxtra Clean Herbal Cleanse, and Rescue Detox, among others.
Drug detoxification kits are available today at different prices, and they also function in different ways. While some require users to take supplements only, others require a host of lifestyle changes. Whatever their differences, detox kits share the similarity in that they are all unsafe, ineffective, and impersonal.
Detox kits are unsafe because they do not take into consideration a patient’s unique needs, such as pre-existing medical conditions or other physical needs. What’s more, patients do not receive medical care if there are complications.
Detox kits do not incorporate psychotherapy, which is a critical part of addiction treatment. They are not complete treatment programs, which is why the chance of relapsing during home detox treatment cases is extremely high.
Typical Withdrawal Symptoms During Opiate/ Alcohol Detox
Several hours after quitting drugs like heroin, addicts usually suffer from withdrawal symptoms which include:
- Muscle aches
Although such symptoms are non-life-threatening, they alter the quality of life, highlighting the importance of medical and psychiatric care. Users and addicts who experience withdrawal symptoms are more likely to relapse and turn back to substance use in order to diminish these unpleasant sensations when detoxing.
Different drugs have different withdrawal symptoms that range from physical to psychological. Stimulant drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine can cause severe depression and suicidal tendencies. Inpatient private rehab detox is recommendable in such cases to guarantee the safety of recovering addicts.
Which Drugs Require Detox?
- Alcohol and benzodiazepines: Both alcohol and benzodiazepines require detox. They also have similar withdrawal symptoms, which include: hallucinations, anxiety, agitation, seizures, and tremors
- Opioids: Opioids like painkillers and heroin cause withdrawal symptoms like muscle aches, gastrointestinal distress, joint, and bone pain and increased pain sensitivity
- Stimulants: Methamphetamines and cocaine cause withdrawal symptoms like depression and suicidal tendencies
- Marijuana: Cannabis or marijuana withdrawal symptoms include: paranoia, tremors, depression, and sleep disturbances
- Ketamine: Although more research is necessary, there have been many instances of anxiety and depression among individuals who try to quit using ketamine
Which Factors Can Affect Withdrawal Symptoms?
Factors influencing individual experiences with drug withdrawal include:
- Length of addiction: Individuals who have used drugs for a long time are more likely to suffer more intense withdrawal symptoms
- Combination of drugs abused: Comorbid dependence on medication and alcohol creates a unique constellation of symptoms which can exacerbate each other
- Drug dosage: Individuals who take higher doses of drugs are likely to experience severe withdrawal symptoms
- Pre-existing conditions: Pre-existing physical/mental conditions and disorders like chronic pain can be amplified by withdrawal symptoms
- The half-life of a drug: Long-acting drugs may result in withdrawal symptoms that delay for a few days. Short-acting drugs result in immediate withdrawal symptoms
Addiction requires an individual to heal physically, psychologically, and socially. Drug detox is just the first step of healing – supervised care is required. Patients must also apply the knowledge received during treatment to avoid relapse and sustain sobriety in the long-term.
Abstaining from drugs is critical. To increase the odds of a full recovery, patients must avoid their old ways. Their time should be spent drug-free in healthy social networks. It’s important for individuals to enrol in 12-step programs like NA (Narcotics Anonymous) to gain support at a community level to achieve a long-lasting personal transformation.
Drug detoxification is critical. For a successful detox, private residential rehab programs are the best. However, treatment must go beyond detoxification. The importance of aftercare measures can’t be overlooked in the long-term, where the goal is maintaining abstinence from drugs.
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