Alcohol And Drug Detox information

Learn About Detox


Detoxification from opiates and alcohol may be risky. It can however be safe, with minimization of symptoms associated with cessation of the drug, when supervised by a doctor.

This means helping the body to get rid of harmful substances in it. This is also the process where withdrawal symptoms manifest and medical care is vital to safely and effectively manage the withdrawal.

This process has exposed people to a variety of feelings and challenges. Variables like the kind of substance and the period of time of use also contribute to the withdrawal experience of the patient.


Medicines used in detoxification assist former users to feel relaxed whilst the opiates are being removed from their body.


Withdrawals may take between days to months in most cases. The nature and doses of the substances used determine the duration of the elimination process.

Contact a doctor immediately to undergo supervised detoxification.


Feasibility Of Home Detoxification

The risk to detox at home is high. Deciding to quit "cold turkey" or with no medical assistance can cause severe problems like seizures and serious dehydration.

In order to limit adverse effects, several detoxification programs involving hospitalization and non-hospitalization, have been put in place. Because of deadly complications that can arise, individuals that are heavily hooked are advised to be hospitalised. There is close supervision around the clock for addicts who receive treatments at rehab centres.


Drug Detoxing Whilst Pregnant

A pregnant woman has a sensible reason to quit drugs, which is for her baby's well-being. The unborn baby may be put at risk if the pregnant mother tries to do it without any medical assistance. An expectant mother should not consider detoxifying herself without any assistance. Detox serves to avoid relapse and manage pain of withdrawal signs in pregnant women. When expectant mothers are helped to remove dangerous chemicals from their body, the trained doctor will safeguard the unborn baby. The need to keep expectant mothers in good health condition is the motive behind giving them some prescription drugs. Greatest risk to unborn babies is caused by alcohol and opiate detox.


The Procedure Of Detox

Each person requires an individualized approach for detoxification. Drug addicts have access to suitable tailor made treatment programs.

In majority of cases, the method has three stages

  • Evaluation
  • The medical group screens approaching patients for physical and mental health issues.
  • The level of drugs in the body is established via blood investigations.
  • What the addict needs to recover from the addiction will be known from the tests.
  • A complete examination of medical, substance and psychiatric history is conducted.
  • All information gathered from these findings governs the level of treatment plan.
  • Balancing
  • This is a process where the patient is assisted with medication and psychological therapy to achieve a stable state.
  • The overall objective of creating balance is to avoid further health risks to the patient.
  • Resident physicians use prescription drugs to treat symptoms and prevent complications from underlying issues during withdrawal.
  • Preparing Entry Into Treatment
  • Doing the necessary things to get medical assistance at a rehab centre is the concluding part of the process.
  • This is where the physicians educate the patient with the treatment information and the process itself.
  • Inpatient is an ideal intervention for successful withdrawal from drugs.
  • When detoxification happens in an inpatient plan this last stage is critical to keep patients on path.

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The Consequences Of Detox

Pains and exposure to danger are some of the negative effects of removing toxin from a body. This is the reason why medical detoxification is very essential. The conditions for detoxification are optimized when done medically. The degree of attention and access to assistance varies between inpatient and outpatient programs.

The harmful consequences of drug and alcohol stoppage are avoided when detoxification is carried out by a doctor.

Some of the potential health problems associated with quitting a drug will still manifest regardless of assistance or not. Notable ones are

  • Anxious state
  • Fatigue
  • Sickness
  • Muscle fatigue/myasthenia
  • Mood swings

Drug Types And Detox

Different drugs pose different difficulties to detoxify. Depending on the opiate the addict used, withdrawal side effects can be more physical or more psychological.

For example, Cocaine withdrawal is mental. During detox, urges to use and restlessness of the patient is being managed. Seizures or even fatality are some of the effects that alcohol withdrawal can cause.

Reducing the health challenges that arise from breaking the dependence on alcohol by prescribing a medicine that will have the same impact of the drug on the user is the essence of detoxification here. In addition, medicines might aim co-occurring disturbance or general pain. Below are few of the substances that are tough to beat and requires the help of medication

  • Alcohol
  • Heroin
  • Benzodiazepines

Fast And Super Fast Detoxification And Dangers

Rapid detox method eliminates drug substances from the user's body system quicker than regular process program. Using this method to remove toxin also has the benefit of prevent any discomfort from quitting the drug, according to those in support of the removal method.

Rapid detoxification may be risky as well as high-priced.

Rapid detox involves a combination of numbing the addict with anaesthesia while administering medications to substitute body system drug dependency. This is often done with people who are addicted to opium-based drugs like heroin and pain medications. The advantages of this method are nothing compared with its disadvantages.

A faster program that can take just a couple of hours is known as Ultra-rapid detox. It is estimated that 1 out of 500 patients died due to rapid detox procedure as indicated in the research by Coleman Institute.

There is a traditional rapid detox (a safer version of rapid or ultra-rapid detox) process that could take 2 to 3 days to complete. It can cost up to £10,000 and the insurance doesn't normally cover it.


Life After Detoxification

The detoxification is just the beginning of the treatment program. If the addition will be completely overcome, more is required than the removal of toxins only. The mental and psychological aspect of it also needs to be treated. Most rehab centres employ counselling, support systems, and group session. Starting the detox program will be easy if an expert is on hand to lend a hand.

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