For over a decade, we have been helping people in the New York, NY area overcome addiction to drugs and alcohol. Detoxification, or detox, eliminates accumulated drugs by purging them from the body. It’s important to know that the ‘cold turkey’ method is most often inappropriate, and potentially dangerous or even deadly. Because detox specifications vary from person to person and are different for each and every addiction, our treatment center uses safe and medically verified strategies, providing a custom-created process for each client. Detox, however, shouldn’t be mistaken for drug and/or alcohol treatment since detox alone cannot prevent relapse. Contact our treatment center to speak with a knowledgeable detox specialist. Call 646-930-7325 immediately!
Kinds of Detox
The two types of detox most frequently used in detox facilities are medically supervised withdrawal and social detoxification. Health care specialists may select either method, depending on:
the type of substance being abused
duration of addiction
age of the patient
the psychological state of the patient
physical health of the patient
the setting most beneficial to the patient
Medically supervised withdrawal is typically suggested for people who are dependent on:
Alcohol or Benzodiazepines
barbiturates or sedatives
Opiates or Opioids
Certain prescribed detox aids can decrease the highly unpleasant withdrawal symptoms of these substances. People who abuse drugs alongside alcohol, or who have suffered from serious alcoholism, are strongly advised to undergo medically supervised withdrawal. Withdrawing ‘cold turkey’ from alcohol can cause people to hallucinate, have seizures, or develop severe physical and mental complications, all of which are avoidable with specific medications provided at medically supervised detox rehabilitation. Medically supervised withdrawal is strongly recommended for anyone that has ever experienced hallucinations or seizures, has a severe illness, or has been diagnosed with particular psychological diseases.
Social detoxification is so much more effective for those who are only expected to experience moderate withdrawal symptoms from drugs like:
infrequent opioid use
infrequent alcohol use
In this kind of detox, medical staff and therapists monitor and manage clients’ health, and also help them through the cravings of withdrawal without using medications. In social detoxification, patients aren’t separated into medical rooms as they detox, but are encouraged to live alongside and socialize with other addicts in recovery. In this type of detox, patients live with each other and work alongside other addicts in recovery while they’re in a treatment program.
Addiction Recovery Centers’ Methods
Detoxification provides patients with the knowledge that different substances can result in numerous and varied withdrawal symptoms. Depressants (such as barbiturates, benzodiazepines, and alcohol) typically require a steady reduction of the drug while simultaneously using medication to prevent:
higher blood pressure
higher heart rate
increased internal temperature
Stimulants (such as methamphetamine, cocaine, and Ritalin) don’t generally require much more than emotional support from family members, loved ones, and counselors. When appropriate, psychiatrists recommend medication to prevent stimulant psychosis, which can result in:
Opioids (for example, heroin, morphine, codeine, and OxyContin), depending on use, could have very minor to extremely serious withdrawal symptoms, such as:
Taking the First Step
Although it is an essential first step, detox is JUST a first step, and never meant to take the place of the whole rehabilitation process. Treatment centers know how easy it is to relapse after getting clean and sober. When used in combination with other drug and alcohol abuse treatment methods, detox can be an effective first step to recovering from drug and alcohol abuse. If you or someone you love is in the New York, NY area and in need of detox give us a call at646-930-7325.
Call Us for The Help You Deserve
Treatment for dependency has come so far in the last ten years. It’s now a standard procedure to treat drug and alcohol abuse like any other illness, such as cancer, that requires specially designed treatment and medication to defeat. We offer help finding tested services that are proven to have great results.
Contact 646-930-7325 to talk to our recovery specialists in the New York, NY area for more information regarding drug/alcohol addiction, interventions, and treatment.