March 15, 2019 Felicia Durling

The Safe Way to Detox from Drugs – What You Should Always, and Never, Do

Did you know that every 19 minutes an American dies from opioid or heroin overdose?

No wonder that more people are looking for help for either themselves or their loved ones.

There is a safe way to detox from drugs.

Keep reading for a simple breakdown of the common “dos and don’ts,” and why they matter when it comes to detoxing.

Safe Way to Detox from Drugs

Detoxing the body is reversing the physical changes that have happened throughout the addiction time. The changes the body goes through are the buildup tolerance to the drug the body gets addicted to. Certain brain chemicals become stronger over time to be able to withstand the effects of the drug.

Some people might also have fewer receptors in the body after long term addiction. The changes in every person vary depending on the person, how long the addiction has been going on, and the substance they were addicted to. Choosing a safe way to detox from drugs will be beneficial.

Withdrawals

Withdrawals from drugs and alcohol can be uncomfortable. Sometimes the symptoms from withdrawing can be too much to handle that the person prefers to go back to using what they were addicted to. This gives them relief from the withdrawals and becomes a vicious cycle.

Quitting becomes difficult for people because the withdrawals become unmanageable and too much to handle. Detox from drugs is the first step in becoming clean and happens when a person is ready to say this is enough.

Home Detox

Detoxing at home isn’t impossible but it can be dangerous. It requires a strong support system and strong will from the one suffering from the addiction. There are certain substances that can cause life-threatening withdrawals which can be dangerous during the detox process.

Withdrawal symptoms from the following can be dangerous:

  • Alcohol
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Opiates

The body’s response to the extreme changes when you quit the ones above can lead to death. quitting cold turkey can put your body into shock because it’s too much at once.

Detox at home can be dangerous and even fatal if this is the only choice in your case make sure you plan ahead. Have daily meals planned out and someone you trust there with you at all times.

Medicated Detox

This type of detox doesn’t mean that medications are used during the detox. They can take place in a medical setting but still be natural. If you choose this route you will have a doctor that is available for medical intervention if it becomes necessary.

You also have access to doctor supervision. You have the choice of an inpatient or an outpatient setting. Going this route is a safer way to detox than doing it at home without a professional to help in case of an emergency.

There’s also the option of having certain medications during the detox process to help reduce the cravings and decrease the withdrawal symptoms. Using medications can make it easier to slowly come off the drug you’re addicted to. The reason some people choose this route is that it’s easier to detox this way.

What to Expect

The first step, is an evaluation to see how long the addiction has been, the type of substance that has been abused, health history, and your goals. The next step is usually a stabilization process which is to monitor your symptoms and it involves certain medications. The last step is to go over your treatment options.

Detox is the first step in the process, ongoing treatment is what will give the best chances for recovery.

Medications Used

The FDA approved three medications for those addicted to opioids and three for those with alcohol addictions.

Patients with opioid addictions can be given the following during their detox:

  • Buprenorphine: reduces the withdrawal symptoms without the euphoric feelings
  • Methadone: this drug activates the brains opioid receptors which reduce cravings and prevents withdrawal symptoms
  • Naltrexone: used after detox to help prevent relapse by blocking the brain’s opioid receptors

Patients with alcohol addictions might be given the following:

  • Acamprosate: used to reduce the withdrawal symptoms
  • Disulfiram: turns off an enzyme the body needs to metabolize alcohol which in turn makes it uncomfortable to drink
  • Naltrexone: this blocks the brain’s opioid receptors

Everyone’s situation and addiction case are a bit different. A professional will help you pick the best treatment for your addiction. A doctor will help you plan out when to stop using the medications gradually.

Medical detox medications can be taken for extended periods of time as long as a regimen is followed that it put together by a doctor. These drugs have to be gradually stopped to avoid withdrawals from them.

Other Symptoms

During the detox process patients might also experience other symptoms such as nausea, insomnia, headaches, migraines. Doctors will use other medications to address those needs if they come up.

Clean Chapter Ahead

The road to staying clean is a long one but it doesn’t have to be lonely. Detox from drugs will give you a new meaning to life and will help you achieve any life goals you’ve been putting off. Medications and detox alone won’t result in a 100% recovery from addiction.

A complete treatment calls for long-term treatment after detox and an aftercare program with classes and group activities. This can last for years depending on the person, how long the addiction was, and their addiction.

Are you looking for a custom recovery plan for yourself or someone you love? Contact us today to go over the best options.

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