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Medical Detox

Overcoming problems with substance abuse and addiction is no easy feat, but making the decision to reach out for help and start the journey of recovery is a huge accomplishment. When seeking treatment for an alcohol or drug dependency, it is important to consider top rate rehab facilities that offer a full continuum of care to ensure a positive treatment outcome. This approach to addiction treatment typically begins with medical detox to help aid patients through the withdrawal process and help manage discomfort from any symptoms that arise.

At Drug Treatment Centers Nevada, we have a number of highly qualified detoxification programs that vary in structure, and we can help place you in the right program for your unique circumstance. Starting treatment in medical detox is of vital importance to your recovery, as it can have a dramatic effect on your progress in rehab – the second phase of treatment. This form of detox takes a careful approach to the process of drug and alcohol withdrawal, allowing clients to stop using the substance of abuse in a safe and controlled manner. Medical professionals who specialize in drug and alcohol detox provide 24/7 supervision throughout the course of the program to ensure patient safety, as well as avoid or address any complications from withdrawal. Once you have completed a Nevada detox program and are no longer physically dependent on your drug of choice, you can take the next steps working in recovery.

The Value of Medical Detox

Withdrawing from an addictive substance is never easy, but the withdrawal from certain substances can be debilitating and dangerous. Medical supervision is needed to keep clients comfortable and safe throughout the detox process. Even in situations when there is little or no risk for serious complications, withdrawal can be intense and uncomfortable, leading the client to give up and start using again; in fact, most “cold turkey” approaches to overcoming addiction are unsuccessful due to the symptoms of withdrawal. In a Nevada medical detox program, you are kept comfortable and given the support to needed for a positive treatment experience.

Those first complete a detoxification program before entering rehab are better able to focus on their treatment plan. Designating a period of treatment where patients can focus solely on overcoming the process of withdrawal and managing discomforting symptoms will greatly improve rehab adherence rates.

A Safe Approach to Withdrawal

It can be tempting to try to handle your withdrawal on your own and detox at home, but this approach rarely works and poses serious risks. Detox programs allow clients to withdraw in a more gradual manner instead of shocking the body with an abrupt withdrawal from a substance, and they take measures to minimize any associated risks. For example, seizures can occur during alcohol withdrawal, so a medically-supervised Nevada detox program will provide clients with the right medications to reduce the risk of this side effect. Detox clients are also susceptible to malnutrition and dehydration, but a good detox program will monitor each client closely and provide the appropriate supplementation when necessary.

Inpatient vs Outpatient Detox in Nevada

It’s possible to complete the detox process on an inpatient or outpatient basis; the right setting for you will depend on several factors, including the specific substance of abuse and the extent of the addiction. If you participate in outpatient medical detox, you’ll remain in close contact with your physician during the course of the program, and you’ll probably be provided with treatment medications that will make the process go more smoothly. Outpatient detox can offer a high degree of autonomy and flexibility for clients, but it’s not the right setting for every individual: It can take longer to complete the process, and some substances cause withdrawal symptoms that require close medical supervision.

If you opt for an inpatient detox program, you’ll remain at a detox center for the duration of the withdrawal process. Residential detox facilities provide a safe and supportive environment that eliminates temptations during the difficult days of early withdrawal, and the 24/7 supervision means that someone will always be available to help you through any bumps in the road. Another benefit of inpatient detox is that it can be completed in a relatively short time, so you can move on to rehab sooner.

Replacement Medications

Replacement medications play an important role in many detox programs, helping clients deal with cravings and easing some symptoms of withdrawal. Taking these medications during the first weeks of recovery can reduce the risk of relapse during this critical time. Buprenorphine, naltrexone, and methadone are replacement medications that are commonly used during opiate withdrawal; another popular medication, Suboxone, is a compound formula made up of both buprenorphine and naltrexone. These medications work by suppressing cravings and blocking the euphoric effects of the abused opiate drug. For clients recovering from alcoholism, Antabuse can be helpful in minimizing the urge to drink. This medication doesn’t block cravings or suppress the relaxing effects of alcohol, but it causes uncomfortable hangover-like symptoms when it’s combined with alcohol. These unpleasant effects help keep users from drinking while on the medication.