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Medical Detox

Medical detoxing is the process of allowing your body to rid itself of drugs and other toxic substances.

A medically-supervised detox is one of the early challenges of any treatment program. But it’s a test that we know you can overcome.

When going into an addiction treatment center, detoxing is the number one priority. Medical detoxing is the process of allowing your body to rid itself of drugs and other toxic substances that have sometimes haunted your body for months, years, even decades.

Recovery cannot begin until these substances are completely out of the body. Treatment can start once our clients are medically stabilized.

Medical detoxing can be difficult, which is why it is best to undergo this process in an inpatient setting under medical supervision.

There are different ways to medically detox; each has its own sets of challenges. Withdrawal symptoms are hard to avoid when detoxing, yet they can be minimized through the use of medication and holistic methods.

Arista Recovery has the medical staff, equipment, and medication available to help patients carefully detox in a comfortable and safe environment.

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Types of Medical Detox

Detoxification can happen naturally or medically. The natural form of detoxing is simply going “cold turkey.” It can be rather unpleasant and challenging. Stopping all substances and starting to detox naturally can be safe for some. However, there are dangers related to withdrawal, which can sometimes be fatal.

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    Choosing to detox with medical assistance, on the other hand, involves taking medication under physician supervision to help lessen the difficult withdrawal symptoms. In some circumstances, using medication while detoxing can make the entire process safer.

    Some prescriptions that have been known to help treat the symptoms of detoxing are:

    • Diazepam (commonly known as Valium)
    • Chlordiazepoxide (Librium)
    • Lorazepam (Ativan)
    • Oxazepam (Serax)

    These medications should only be prescribed by a physician working with patients who are detoxing under their supervision. A specific dose is required to lessen withdrawal symptoms and many prescription medications can have side effects when mixed with others or with illegal substances. Patients should always follow professional medical advice when medically detoxing.

    Withdrawal Symptoms of Medically Detoxing

    Withdrawal symptoms of detoxing vary depending on the type of substance used and the amount that is in the system. When a user becomes dependent upon a substance, removing that substance completely can cause physical, psychological, and even behavioral symptoms.

    Some withdrawal symptoms of detoxing include nausea and vomiting, muscle pain, shaking, sweating, fatigue, insomnia, hallucinations, agitation, depression, anxiety, irregular heartbeat, seizures, and dangerous, unpredictable behavior. Other physical symptoms can occur as well such as choking and aspiration and which can lead to death. Withdrawal symptoms can get quite dangerous, which is why it is best to be under the care of a medical professional when undergoing the process.

    Medically Supervised Detox

    To detox the body, it is the most effective and safest to do so within an inpatient treatment program surrounded by medical professionals. In a program, the patient will be monitored in a controlled environment and medications can be given to help with difficult symptoms if needed.

    The time that it takes to fully detox depends on multiple factors. The process can range from a few days to even a few weeks.

    Factors that influence the amount of time it will take to detox are:

    • The duration of time the substance has been used
    • The specific substance used
    • The severity of the addiction (frequency, the time between uses, etc.)
    • The method in which the substance is used
    • The amount of substance that is used each time

    Typically, the longer an addict has used a substance and the more frequent, the more time it will take to detox from the body.

    Medical detox includes evaluation and stabilization, then the preparation to enter treatment can take place. An inpatient treatment center is the best place for someone to undergo medical detox.

    Once the detoxing process is finished, patients will meet with their treatment team to discuss next steps. This may include remaining in inpatient care, or it may lead to stepping down to a different type of treatment.

    A treatment team generally entails a medical doctor, psychiatrist, psychologist or counselor, nutritionist, and sometimes even a physical therapist. Holistic professionals can also be involved in treatment, such as a yoga instructor, to help teach coping mechanisms or an acupuncturist to help with pain or other ailments.

    The entire team works together with their patients to come up with specific short and long-term goals to work toward. Patients at Arista Recovery will not feel alone or abandoned during the treatment process. They will have multiple professionals with them from the first day they walk through the front door until they are ready to step out of the program.

    This all will happen after detoxing is complete.

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    The Cost of Medical Detox

    The cost of going through an inpatient detoxing program depends on the patient’s insurance plan unless they plan to self-pay. However, there are some government assistance programs available that may be able to help with the cost.

    Other factors that affect the cost of detoxing include the treatment facility, amenities at the facility, whether it is inpatient or outpatient treatment, the type of addiction, and the history of the addiction.

    Regardless of the cost, detoxing is an absolute must to begin the treatment process and start the journey to recovery. There are medical detox centers, such as Arista Recovery, all around the country to help those in need.

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