Drug Detox Treatment Programs

Drug Detox Treatment ProgramsTo achieve sobriety, the patient must treat any addiction in the most complete way possible. For many patients this will require some form of drug detox. Detox is the first step in most addiction treatment programs, and the purpose of detox is to eliminate the body’s physical dependency on the substance. Physical dependency occurs when the body learns to function in the presence of the substance. Removing the substance will then cause an adverse biochemical reaction in the body and can be extremely challenging to undergo without support.¬†Drug detox can take place at a stand-alone clinic or on site at a drug rehab facility.

What Are the Different Types of Drug Detox Treatment?

Natural and medical detox are the primary types of treatment. Each one has their positive and negatives aspects but both are designed to help the individual overcome their physical addiction to drugs. Without treating the physical addiction, it is very difficult for patients to successfully achieve sobriety because their body will still crave the drug on a biochemical level. To be successful at counseling, patients must first undergo detox.

Natural Drug Detox Treatment

Natural drug detox involves patients undergoing detox in a medically supervised environment, but without using any medications to aid the withdrawal process.

During detox, addicts may experience physical withdrawal symptoms, including:

  • Sweating
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Palpitations
  • Tightness in chest
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stroke
  • Seizures

Medical professionals carefully monitor individuals while they go through withdrawal. Withdrawal in some high-risk individuals can be life-threatening, so it is important that they have they proper support while undergoing this aspect of treatment.

Medical Drug Detox Treatment

Medical detox may be an alternative option for high-risk individuals or those suffering from a more severe physical addiction. In a medical detox, patients are given medication (generally methadone) to supplement their intake of the substance they were abusing. Gradually, the methadone dosage is reduced until patients no longer require it at all. Medical detox reduces the withdrawal symptoms overall. Bear in mind that some patients can become addicted to the prescribed medical aid as they are usually synthetic opiates; in some cases, the individual may have to undergo treatment for that kind of addiction.

Please call our toll-free number to speak to one of our trained counselors about drug detox and your specific treatment options.