Taking Your First Step to Getting Clean
Your Detox Options
Medically supervised withdrawal and social detoxification are the two types of detox used the most often in detoxification centers. Addiction professionals will choose one method or the other, depending upon:
- the kind of substance
- amount of substance abuse
- age of the client
- psychological state of the patient
- physical well-being of the patient
- which environment the specialists think will be the most beneficial to the patient
Medically supervised withdrawal is recommended for individuals who are addicted to:
- pain medications (prescription or pharmaceutical)
- barbiturates or sedatives
- opioids (heroin, OxyContin 7, codeine)
These substances can have very nasty and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, but the effects can be minimized by detox medications prescribed by a physician. Anyone who is suffering from severe alcoholism should undergo medically supervised withdrawal. Withdrawing from alcohol causes some people to hallucinate or develop physical complications, but these can be prevented with medication provided by our experienced medical staff. Medical withdrawal with supervision is for anyone with hallucinations, a serious illness, or a diagnosis of certain mental conditions and disorders.
Social detoxification is more effective for addicts that are expected to experience only moderate withdrawal symptoms from substances such as:
- occasional opioid use
- infrequent alcohol use
In the social detoxification approach, therapists attempt to assist clients during their cravings and withdrawal. They are monitored by nurses who help them without resorting to medication, so patients aren’t isolated in scary rooms, but instead are urged to live alongside and socialize with other people in recovery. This style of detox prepares people for a treatment program in which they will be living and working with those fighting similar battles in addiction recovery.
Know the Challenges of Recovery
Different substances are responsible for different sorts of withdrawal symptoms, which is why there are so many detox procedures available. Depressants, like barbiturates, benzodiazepines, and alcohol may lead to:
- higher blood pressure
- increased heart rate
- higher internal temperature
Withdrawal from stimulants such as methamphetamine, cocaine, and Ritalin are more simple. Even so, emotional support from family and friends is the key to enduring withdrawal. Sometimes, a person develops stimulant psychosis, in which case a doctor can prescribe medication to avoid suicidal thoughts and other symptoms.
Opioids like heroin, morphine, codeine, and oxycontin may have very minor to very serious withdrawal symptoms that our staff will be ready to help you with, including:
- runny nose
- rapid pulse
- quickening breathing
- bone pain
- muscle pain
Most importantly, know that medical staff are here to help you. Detox may have its challenges, but it will allow you to feel like yourself again.
Taking the First Step
Admitting that you have an addiction is one of the first steps of a successful recovery. Once you realize your addiction, detoxing becomes the next critical step for many. Many detox centers fail to provide guidance to patients following detox, but we understand how easy it is to relapse afterwards without continued support. A detox followed by rehab makes Better Recovery Treatment Rehab a very effective first step. Total recovery is achievable, especially when the rehabilitation process that begins in detox is followed by a comprehensive treatment program. Read more about drug recovery centers and the treatment available to you. Contact knowledgeable recovery specialists at 402- 267-9960 for more details about detox, rehabilitation, and treatment, or to locate detox and treatment facilities across the U.S.