What is Medical Detox?
Medical detox provides a safe, effective method for overcoming addiction by utilizing medications, counseling and 24-hour monitoring by trained addiction specialists. The goal is to help the addict get through painful withdrawal symptoms as safely and comfortably as possible. This is crucial in achieving lasting recovery, because usually the withdrawals are the reason for the continued addiction. Some of the symptoms can be severe enough to be life-threatening, depending on the drug being abused and the health of the addict.
There are four basic approaches to medical detox:
- Medical Detox: gradual weaning using a drug similar to the drug being abused.
- Rapid Detox: while under general anesthesia, opiate blockers such as Naloxone, Naltrexone or Methodone are administered during a four to eight hour time period.
- Ultra Rapid Detox: risky and painful, this process uses Naltrexon with general anesthesia to achieve detox within 30 minutes.
- Stepped Rapid Detox: oral doses of Naltrexone, or subcutaneous administration of Narcan while the person is fully awake and communicative.
There are also risks involving some of the drugs such as Methodone, as the individual can develop dependency or addiction to these drugs and essentially trades one addiction for another.
Is Medical Detox a Cure for Addiction?
Humans today are accustomed to having things easy and quick. Instant gratification is the new norm, and we expect it in almost every aspect of our life these days. Unfortunately, with addiction recovery, there is no magic bullet or easy way out or instant cure. Medical detox is simply the beginning of a long process that leads a person to remain abstinent, it is not a cure for addiction. Detox enables the body to cleanse itself from the toxins and all traces of the drug of abuse in order to eliminate cravings and other withdrawal symptoms. Once this has been accomplished, the person is advised to undergo a rehabilitation program to learn how to react to daily triggers without resorting to drugs and suffering relapse.
There are a number of reasons for entering rehab following the detox process. First of all, during the addiction the individual suffered major insults to his or her self-esteem and self-confidence. Loss of job, financial problems, poor health, dysfunctional relationships all begin to pile up and the addict eventually gives up and focuses entirely on the addiction. Nothing else is as important as getting the next hit or fix or high. Lying, stealing, pawning belongings becomes their new career, and a great deal of effort is required to maintain this daily routine. In a professional rehab, this individual learns to accept responsibility for their future and gains the tools, education and support to make it through one day at a time, drug-free.
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