Medical detox is the first step, after an assessment, once a person enters a treatment program. The assessment finds what substances are present in the body.
Once a person is stabilized, a medical detox is performed and eliminates the body of any illicit substances. Medical detox also treats the withdrawal symptoms that result as illicit substances leave the body. The goal of detoxification is physical healing after long-term addiction.
If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, detox is the best course of action. Call Drug Rehab Yorktown today at (914) 829-578.
The process of slowly or rapidly reducing the levels of abused substances in the body relieves distressing withdrawal symptoms an addict will experience if substance use is abruptly stopped. Alcohol and many commonly used illicit substances can cause serious health complications in withdrawal. Fatalities have occurred when withdrawal was not properly managed. Our medical detoxification in Yorktown is safe and supervised in a medical setting with staff to monitor the person undergoing detoxification.
Medical detox eliminates the body’s dependence on drugs or alcohol by flushing these substances from the body. Medical detox is the safest way to cleanse the body, by using other prescribed medications, to support the lowering levels of illicit substances as the body detoxes. These medications replace the illicit drugs so the body doesn’t go into shock.
In some cases, the doctors and nurses who run the medical detoxification program use pharmaceutical medications to wean individuals off drugs. In other cases they simply provide ongoing support to keep the patients more comfortable. No matter what the approach, the medical approach to drug detoxification makes a great deal of sense.
It is dangerous to detox at home as any health issues cannot be dealt with immediately. Unpredictable complications can easily and quickly occur. Also, prescribed medications to help the process are not available in a home detox, as there is no medical staff on hand to administer medications. A home detox is not recommended as a course of treatment and is best left to professionals.
Medical detox removes addictive substances from the body over an extended period of time. Medical detoxes replace these with other addictive substances such as methadone, benzodiazepines or other prescription drugs. Over a specific time period, the levels of the replacement drugs will be decreased until the body is able to function without stimulation of any kind. This process may take several days or more.
First, the person is anesthetized and while under, the rapid detox is administered. Drugs are given that block effects of all opiates. The person isn’t awake to experience painful withdrawal symptoms. When the person wakes up, the ability to experience the pleasurable effects from opiates is now gone. The addict can try and take opiates to get for euphoric or relaxing feelings, but the drugs will not give the same effects. The goal is to eliminate the ability to enjoy opiates’ effects for the long-term, which removes the motivation to take drugs.
Some symptoms of withdrawal can be dangerous and include:
A detox is the starting point for comprehensive and longer term treatment. Drug Rehab Yorktown provides the rehab services needed once detox is conducted in our center. Call Drug Rehab Yorktown at (914) 829-578 to get the safe and effective help needed. We will discuss our medical detox protocol with you and give you information on all our other services, including counseling, behavioral therapy and aftercare services.