Medical detox is used to ease the transition from taking large quantities of addictive substances to eliminating them completely. During withdrawal, the addict can experience very unpleasant, painful physical reactions. Medical detox experts will often give an addict medication during withdrawal to bring symptomatic relief.
Another major benefit of medical detox is that it can partially or wholly suppress the addict’s desire to take the substance on which he or she has developed a dependency. This makes it easier for the addict to get through withdrawal without relapsing.
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The body endures extreme physical distress during withdrawal. The symptoms can vary from one person to the next. Their severity will be dictated by what drug or drugs the patient is withdrawing from, how long the addiction has lasted, and what quantity of drugs the patient has been taking.
Withdrawal can cause severe and frequent muscular spasms over which the patient has no control. An addict can get serious bodily injuries during these spasms. Withdrawal can also cause seizures, during which injury can occur. The patient may swallow his or her tongue and suffocate. If a person is attempting to detox at home, this can be fatal.
Detox at a rehab facility works by reducing the impact of the withdrawal process on the addict. During withdrawal, the addict can experience dreadful physical and mental anguish. This will be accompanied by an immensely strong desire to take the addictive drug, which makes relapse a much more probable outcome.
By providing medication to lessen the worst effects of withdrawal, medical detox gives addicts the best chance of getting clean.
There are a number of different detox programs to deal with specific addictions. For example, methadone will frequently be prescribed for heroin addicts, but would never be prescribed for alcoholics. Instead, alcoholics would normally be prescribed anti-anxiety drugs during withdrawal, with the dosage being reduced quite quickly.
Neurontin is also used to help with withdrawal from alcohol. This particular drug is used to treat the seizures that can occur during alcohol withdrawal. After detox, both Antabuse and Naltrexone may be used to discourage relapse. Bupropion is sometimes used by smokers to reduce nicotine cravings.
People addicted to narcotics may be placed on a program of reduced dosages of the drug that they are addicted to, and the dosage will continually be reduced until it reaches zero.
If an addict in withdrawal suffers serious health issues during the process, their life could be in danger if there is no qualified medical person on hand to treat them. Experienced staff who deal with addicts undergoing withdrawal on a daily basis can often recognize the need for medication before a health episode has fully developed. This means the episode can be dealt with before the patient becomes too stressed out, or is in danger.
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