Detox Doesn't Mean You Have to Suffer
Initial withdrawal from drugs or alcohol can be physically distressing, painful and even dangerous. Without appropriate care, withdrawal symptoms can include increased blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, severe muscle cramping and seizures.
Alcohol Detox & Drug Detox
Certain types of drugs require a detox. Alcohol detox generally includes monitoring vital signs, doctor consultation and prescribed medication to ease withdrawal symptoms. Examples of drugs that require detox include: Alcohol, benzodiazepines (i.e., Valium, Xanax) and opiate-based drugs including heroin and prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin, Vicodin, Hydrocodone, etc.
Other drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamines and marijuana do not require detox. However, as with any drug dependent upon amount and frequency of use there remains the significant potential for psychological dependence and given this, a period of stabilization followed up by a recovery program is advisable for long-term success.
Alcohol poses one of the most dangerous forms of withdrawal. An abrupt cessation of alcohol (going “cold turkey”) will result in withdrawal symptoms within hours and the time necessary for complete alcohol detox can range from 3 to 14 days. Alcohol detox can result in a variety of physical and/or psychological symptoms. Mild withdrawal symptoms include headaches, nausea, vomiting, perspiration, restlessness, agitation, loss of appetite and insomnia. More severe symptoms may disrupt the autonomic system, resulting in seizures (convulsions), visual or auditory hallucinations and the DTs (Delirium Tremens). It is estimated that 1 in 4 patients are at a high risk for a withdrawal seizure if medications are not administered during the detox phase. For this reason, alcohol detox frequently involves doctor prescribed medication that have similar effects to alcohol are given to reduce the risk of seizure. These medications generally include certain benzodiazepines and anticonvulsant medication that are prescribed in tapering amounts until the body is physically stabilized and the threat of seizure removed. Professional advice should always be sought in alcohol detox and consultation with a doctor during alcohol detox is generally necessary.
Specific Types of Drug Detox
Benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax, Klonapin) are classified as depressants, tranquilizers or sedatives as they slow down central nervous system activity, Benzodiazepines can become addictive within a short period of time and are one of the most dangerous drugs to detox from due to the high risk of seizure.
Opiates such as heroin, methadone and prescription painkillers generally require a detox depending upon quantity and frequency of usage. Dramatically reducing or stopping opiate-based drugs after prolonged and/or heavy use frequently results in a very difficult withdrawal. While there are many types of detox options available, supervised detox is highly recommended for safe withdrawal.
Methamphetamines can either be snorted, smoked, or injected bringing a powerful adrenaline rush, excitement, exhilaration and euphoria. Meth has been described as an intense and nearly instant addiction. Detoxification from methamphetamines does not require supervision; however, the cravings can be intense. For this reason, a cutting-edge technique known as Neruo-Transmitter Restoration Therapy (NTR) has been introduced as an effective way to reduce and potentially eliminate the often intense cravings. NTR is a naturally-occurring amino acid solution delivered intravenously that bathes the brain in nutrients, easing withdrawal symptoms and cravings and restoring a natural alertness within days instead of the weeks or months it can take under normal detoxification procedures. Meth addicts who find the crash off of methamphetamines to be much less harsh with the application of NTR.
At Wits Inn Recovery, we’re concerned for your health and well being at all stages of the recovery process. We refer to state-licensed, social model drug & alcohol detox with a holistic emphasis. Our entire focus is to stabilize and minimize the physical discomfort of withdrawal so your experience is as painless as possible.
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We suggest holistic services because they speed up the detox process and help to keep you relaxed. Detox is about the healing of mind and body, and a holistic approach helps the addict cleanse their bodies and relax so they can begin to heal their minds. Among many other things, we suggest you try: