Drugs and alcohol can become physically addictive. Withdrawal from a physically addictive substance can cause painful and even fatal results. The goal of a detox is to systematically and safely clear ones system of any and all harmful substances which is usually done under the care of a physician and nursing staff. To ensure that a client is physically ready to enter a treatment program, it’s imperative that he/she be cleared by a licensed medical professional. For this reason, we recommend clients consult with a doctor or a medical detoxification center before choosing a treatment option.
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Types of detox
Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome
A potentially life-threatening condition that can occur in people who have been drinking heavily and then suddenly stop or significantly reduce their alcohol consumption. Symptoms include anxiety, tremors, and unsteadiness and can result in severe complications such as seizures and delirium tremens.
Can cause complications that lead to fatal results such as dehydration and aspiration. The majority of individuals who overdose from opiate use do so immediately after detoxification. For this reason, we recommend individuals consider entering a treatment program directly after his or her release from a detox facility. A common occurrence for those undergoing opiate withdrawal is relapse or return to drug use.
- Opiate examples: Heroin and Painkillers such as Morphine, Oxycodone, Methadone, OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, etc.
- Potential Early Symptoms: Agitation, Anxiety, Muscle aches, Increased tearing, Insomnia, Runny nose, Sweating, Yawning
- Potential Late Symptoms: Abdominal cramping, Diarrhea, Dilated pupils, Goose bumps, Nausea, Vomiting
Benzodiazepine (Benzos) Withdrawal
Can result when one ceases to use often prescribed drugs that treat anxiety, panic attacks, amnesia, and muscle spasms such as Xanax and Clonazepam (Klonopin). These drugs have been made available and prescribed to the general public in large quantities today. They are often abused by users to heighten the effects of alcohol and opiates. When mixed together it creates a “drug cocktail” that is extremely dangerous. Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Syndrome is painful and can be fatal in some instances.
- Benzodiazepine examples: Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, Ativan, Restoril, Librium, etc.
- Benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms: Increased irritability and/or emotional outbursts, inability to concentrate, perform simple tasks and/or memory problems, body aches, pains, and/or muscle stiffness/soreness, sleep disturbance, anxiety and or panic attacks, suicidal thoughts, seizures, and death.
A class of drug that increase alertness, attention, and energy. Examples of stimulants are cocaine and crystal meth. While it is more common for those withdrawing from opiates, benzodiazepines, and alcohol to need detox; sometimes if someone is a chronic user of cocaine or meth they will need detox before going to treatment.
Cocaine is a potent stimulant that can be used nasally, intravenously, or inhaled when freebased or made into “crack cocaine”. With repeated use, cocaine can cause long-term changes in the brain’s reward system as well as other brain systems, which may lead to addiction. Some users will increase their dose in an attempt to intensify and prolong their high, but this can also increase the risk of adverse psychological or physiological effects including overdose and death.
Crystal meth is a crystalized form of the powder methamphetamine. It is an extremely powerful stimulant that has a high lasting 12 hours. Meth’s popularity continues to grow because of its affordability and long lasting effects. Meth can often become addictive. Chronic users may exhibit symptoms that can include significant anxiety, confusion, insomnia, mood disturbances, and violent behavior. They also may display a number of psychotic features, including paranoia, visual and auditory hallucinations, and delusions (for example, the sensation of insects creeping under the skin). There are also many negative physical symptoms that can occur because of consistent abuse of meth. Some of these are weight loss, severe tooth decay and tooth loss (“meth mouth”), and skin sores.
A drug that is commonly prescribed to people who have trouble focusing at work or in school or who suffer from ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder). While Adderall is legal if prescribed by a doctor, it is extremely addictive if the person taking it has a propensity to abuse substances. Adderall is a potent amphetamine that is often sold on college campuses for up to five dollars a pill. The drug is often crushed and snorted so that the effects are more powerful.