Understanding Drug & Alcohol Detoxification

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Drug & Alcohol Detoxification

Detoxification programs focus on helping you rid your body of drugs or alcohol, regardless of the kind you choose. There are a few kinds of drug and alcohol detox programs that you should know about when deciding on which may work best for your situation.  In these programs, you may use different types of detox depending on the substance you’re detoxing from. For instance, a drug detoxification program may use tapering or medications, while an alcohol program may focus on using medications to offset withdrawal symptoms.

Benefits of Drug and Alcohol Detox Programs?

Detox programs start by focusing on removing drugs and alcohol from the body. It’s the first step in treatment programs, and it can get you to the point where you’re ready for rehabilitation. Detoxification is a process. It may only take a few days, or it can take many weeks, depending on the kind of detox you’re going through.

Typically, when safe and appropriate, the client suffering from drug or alcohol addiction will stop ingesting the substance completely. At that point, usually within 24 to 48 hours, withdrawal symptoms appear. For some, withdrawal may start sooner. The withdrawal symptoms a person exhibit will depend entirely on how much of the drug or how much alcohol is in the body and how long the substance has been abused. It also varies depending on the type of chemical in the body.

Drug and alcohol detox programs are typically safer than going through detox on your own outside a medical facility. You receive around-the-clock care and help with withdrawal symptoms and other possible medical concerns. If you have underlying medical conditions, those can be monitored and attended to so you aren’t in any life-threatening danger during detoxification. With assistance, withdrawal symptoms can be better managed while addiction cravings are reduced.

What Kinds of Drug and Alcohol Detox Are There?

Various drug and alcohol detox programs are available today. There are hospital-based programs, which are inpatient programs, or there are some types of outpatient programs to choose from.

Hospital or Clinic-Based Programs

Addiction in any form requires treatment since addiction is a disease. Detoxification is the first step. With a hospital-based or clinic-based program, the patients go through alcohol or drug detox as an inpatient. What that means is the client is checked into the program or admitted into the hospital for the period of the detoxification program. Specialized units and medical care professionals work with the patients to support them through the detoxification process.

As you enter this kind of program, you have hospital or clinical staff ready to help you at any time, day or night. The 24-hour care of this kind of program appeals to many because it means you can manage your withdrawal and cravings in the presence of people who understand what you’re going through. These professionals can help you manage those symptoms with medications and psychological counseling techniques.

Outpatient Detoxification Programs

Outpatient detox programs allow clients to come and go just as a visitor would. This type of program is sometimes only an option for those with minor addictions. As an addiction becomes more severe, the withdrawal symptoms can become more dangerous and may require an inpatient detox program for monitoring.

Supervised detox is normally recommended for anyone who may suffer from severe withdrawal symptoms. However, those with minor withdrawal symptoms who need someone to hold them accountable may benefit from an outpatient detox program.

Outpatient detoxification is not as fast as either rapid detoxification or inpatient detox, because medications are only given to clients within the facility. Certain medications can be given on an outpatient basis for the client to take at home. It’s common for detoxification in an outpatient setting to take between 7 and 14 days.

Rapid Detoxification

Another kind of detox that can sometimes be used is called rapid detoxification. Normally, this is only used for opiate detoxification. This is due to the fact that rapid detox can be potentially dangerous to a patient using other kinds of drugs or abusing alcohol. With rapid detox, clients are put under general anesthesia for several hours and go through withdrawal quickly during that time. Injections of medications to help the client through withdrawal symptoms are provided.

clients with severe withdrawal issues may opt for this program because clients can sleep through the discomfort associated with withdrawal. However, it’s possible that risks and complications may take place. Medical teams are prepared to handle these risks, but it is important to note that rapid detox is not without its risks.

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