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Rehabilitation recovery is a safe, compassionate, medically supervised treatment center that helps addicts take their first step toward long-term sobriety. Detoxification, or detox, rids the body of residual toxins from drug abuse and can break the physical dependency of the drug.

In 2018, over 67, 000 people died from drug overdoses, and for some, it was due to relapse. Detox shouldn’t be mistaken for drug and/or alcohol rehab. Detoxification by itself is not drug abuse treatment.

Detox requirements differ from client to client, and oftentimes the “cold turkey” approach is not useful, safe or appropriate. Considering that procedures for the detoxification process are different for each addiction — and the “cold turkey” method in many cases uses safe, secure and medically proven methods that provide a customized experience for every patient. To speak with a detox expert, call Hope Addiction Treatment Services at (425) 243-0457 now!

Types of Detox

There are two types of detox methods: medically supervised and the social model. Health-care experts can decide whether medically supervised withdrawal or the social model for detoxification is necessary depending on:

  • Kind of substance being abused
  • Length of abuse
  • Patient’s age
  • Patient’s mental state
  • Patient’s physical health
  • The type of atmosphere the experts think would most benefit the client

Medically supervised detox is generally recommended for people addicted to:

  • Alcohol
  • Pain medications (prescription or pharmaceutical)
  • Barbiturates or sedatives (benzodiazepines, Xanax, valium)
  • Opioids (heroin, Oxycodone, morphine, hydrocodone, methadone)

The drugs listed above, in particular, have extremely painful and unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, many of which can be minimized by specific detox medications that can only be prescribed by a medical doctor. It is also recommended that individuals who use drugs in addition to alcohol, or who are severely alcoholic, go through medically supervised detoxification.

Medically supervised detoxification centers use certain medications to stop severe physical conditions that arise during withdrawal, such as hallucinations, seizures or other physical and/or psychological problems that may result from quitting alcohol or drugs “cold turkey.” Additionally, anyone who has a life-threatening disease, been diagnosed with certain psychological illnesses or experienced hallucinations or seizures must undergo medically supervised withdrawal in order to correctly and safely wean themselves from alcohol or drugs.

Social detoxification is most effective for people who are likely to only experience mild withdrawal symptoms from drug use including:

  • Marijuana
  • Methamphetamine
  • Cocaine
  • Infrequent use of opioids
  • Infrequent use of alcohol

Patients who undergo the social method of detoxification are supervised by nurses, counselors and therapists who manage the addicts’ health, and also try to assist them during the withdrawals and cravings without the use of medications. In social detox, patients are not isolated in clinical rooms as they withdraw, but are urged to live alongside with and socialize with other addicts who are also in treatment. This helps patients prepare for a rehab program where they’ll be working toward long-term recovery with the support of a group of other addicts.

Detox Treatment Methods

We understand that various types of drugs can result in a wide range of withdrawal symptoms, making it critical for clients to participate in a detox program prior to entering a treatment facility.  It’s extremely important to stop using depressants (like barbiturates, opioids, benzodiazepines, and alcohol) slowly and by progressively cutting back because the withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • Tremors
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures
  • Higher body temperature
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure

Withdrawing from stimulants (for example, amphetamines, methamphetamine, cocaine, and Ritalin) is psychological and therefore normally does not require much more than emotional support from family members, friends, counselors and therapists. Occasionally, doctors suggest medicine to prevent stimulant psychosis, which can cause:

  • Suicide attempts
  • Suicidal feelings
  • Psychosis
  • Paranoia

Opioids, like heroin, morphine, codeine, methadone, hydrocodone, and oxycodone, can result in withdrawal symptoms that can range from minor discomforts to severe health risks, including:

  • Sweating
  • Runny nose
  • Anxiety
  • Sleeplessness
  • Depression
  • Rapid breathing
  • Quickening pulse
  • Muscle pain
  • Bone sensitivity
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting

Taking the First Step

For many people, detoxification is the most important step toward recovering from substance dependency, but it’s ONLY a first step and is NOT a substitute for a rehabilitation program. Although many detox centers do not provide guidance or follow up after detox, Detox Drug knows how easy it can be to relapse after detox if the addict doesn’t immediately transfer to a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. Detox in conjunction with rehabilitation make a very effective first step. Total recovery can be successfully achieved and addicts are much more likely to succeed when detox is used in combination with drug and alcohol rehab, like Programs Recovery Treatment. If you’re in the Bellevue, WA area, and are in need of detox, please contact Hope Addiction Treatment Services professional recovery experts at (425) 243-0457 for more information concerning detoxification, rehabilitation and drug and alcohol treatment services.