Detox Medication Used For Alcohol Withdrawal
An Addicted Brain Undergoes Chemical Changes That Alter How They Think And Feel
Illicit drug use is all too common in the country. Drug abuse can be found among people 12 years of age and older. Unfortunately, not everyone will make the decision to attend detox. Some will simply keep using, and others will find their addiction to prove fatal. For those who do make the decision, detox is the first step toward recovery. It is the process whereby the body is cleansed of harmful substances.
It is not an easy ordeal. This is why detox must be attempted in a controlled, clinical, and professional environment. Doctors, psychiatrists, and detox specialists should be present at every step along the way. A person’s addicted body and brain are likely to be dealing with chemical changes that have altered how they think and feel.
Types of Detox
- Natural Detox – This method focuses on more natural ways to help cleanse the body of harmful chemicals and drugs. We change the patient’s diet to include healthy and nutritious foods. Exercise and getting enough rest is also stressed. Natural detox should not be confused with the idea of quitting cold and going “cold turkey.” It is a clinical, supervised process that takes a more natural route.
- Medical Detox – There are some addictions that need a medication approach to help the patient get through detox. There are medications, supervised, that can help speed up the detox process. Some medication can bestow feelings of complete relief.
Medicines Used in Medical Detox
Medications, the right ones, can take the edge off detox when administered and monitored in a controlled environment. Medications used should be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or FDA. If the withdrawal symptoms are due to benzodiazepine or stimulants, there are no medications available to treat the symptoms.
However, there are certain chemicals that can be used to combat addiction side effects. Opioid detox medications, like those used for heroin and prescription painkillers, may include methadone, Subutex, Suboxone, and antiadrenergic agents.
Alcohol detox medications may include Disulfiram, Naltrexone, antidepressants, and anti-nausea medications to name several. Natural detox can be performed through an outpatient treatment program. Medical detox is usually performed through an inpatient program where the patient can be medically supervised 24/7. Medical detox may also avoid introducing any new drugs, but allow the patient to taper off the drug they are addicted to.
In no way do we recommend quitting cold turkey. This is not even done in a controlled clinical setting. The dangers of causing mental or physical harm, or death, are simply too risky. While detox is a critical component to reaching sobriety, it is not the cure. There are no magic pills that an addicted person can take to make their addiction disappear. Medications should always be used in combination with a rehab program. Behavioral therapies are an excellent means of helping patients understand the connection with their thinking and behavioral patterns.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
CBT is a solution-focused approach to help patients solve problems. They develop skills to remain sober; and to approach problems in a different manner that will produce different outcomes. Recovering individuals also have access to individual, group, and family counseling. We offer treatment programs as needed to help our patients get back on the road to recovery for good. Once a patient graduates from their treatment program, we want them to have every tool at their disposal that can help them avoid relapse.
Staying Sober After Detox
- Find and engage in an after-care group. After-care groups can include Alcoholics Anonymous, and Narcotics Anonymous. The information and support you can receive is invaluable.
- Keep busy. Have something important to do with your time. Idle time can be a trigger that leads down the road to relapse.
- Take great care of yourself. Eat well, sleep well, and be as positive as you can in life.
- Have a purpose in life. It is found that people with a purpose are likely not to create an addiction. If they do, there are more likely to avoid relapse than someone without a purpose.
- Follow your relapse prevention training to the letter. You will learn a lot in your treatment program. What you learn can be leveraged for life.
Communicate with your family. Whatever bonds have been broken over your addiction can be repaired if you are serious about sobriety. You have to want sobriety and begin to experience it before others can place their trust in you again.