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Medical Detox in Rahway NJ (732) 455-1391

Medical detox is a service provided by rehabilitation centers. Rehab centers use medical detox as a way to break the physical aspect of addiction in patients seeking substance abuse treatment. Using a combination of abstinence and medical care to address withdrawal symptoms, detox is a great way to start residential drug treatment.

Medical detox programs vary and should always be performed by medical professionals. For more information on proper medical detox, contact Drug Treatment Centers Rahway at (732) 455-1391.

How Does Detox Work?

The body naturally detoxifies itself, largely through the actions of the liver and kidneys, but medically assisted withdrawal is safer than detox without help. The medications prescribed in detox do not help the liver to do its work but they do reduce the severity of the withdrawal symptoms and cravings for the drug or alcohol.

Medicines are also given to prevent dangerous and life threatening withdrawal symptoms such as seizures and cardiac irregularities. The medications make detoxing a much safer and more comfortable process than trying to detox at home. In a home detox the withdrawal symptoms are likely to be so unpleasant that a return to the drug or alcohol may seem far preferable to continuing with the detoxification.

Addictions are often associated with mental health issues such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress, anxiety, and a host of other mental disorders. Diagnosis of, and treatment for, these co-existing disorders begins during detox. Without treatment for these underlying problems, a quick return to the addiction is likely to occur. It is difficult to identify and deal with these associated problems in an unassisted detox at home.

Withdrawal Symptoms

The presence of withdrawal symptoms is one of the main indicators that an addiction is present. The symptoms depend on the drug of addiction but they usually include intense cravings, anxiety, sleep disturbances, depression, and severe discomfort. Physical symptoms can appear only a few hours after the last drink or use of the drug, and they can last for weeks. The emotional and mental symptoms can continue for many months or even years after giving up the substance of abuse.

Many of the symptoms of withdrawal arise because drugs and alcohol affect neurotransmitters in the brain, and the brain chemistry changes to compensate for the presence of the drug or alcohol. When the drugs are removed the neurotransmitters previously suppressed by the alcohol or drug can rebound and cause hyper-excitability, which can result in symptoms such as agitation, shakes, seizures, and irritability, which are often the opposite of the effects of the alcohol or drugs.

In alcohol withdrawal the symptoms can include hallucinations, shaking hands (tremors), and seizures. Delirium tremens can also occur with fever, extreme confusion, and rapid heart beat. This is a medical emergency and a potentially fatal condition. The withdrawal symptoms can rapidly worsen without detox treatment and this makes detoxing at home extremely dangerous, especially if withdrawal symptoms have appeared before (as they tend to grow worse with each attempt at detoxing).

Why Not Detox at Home?

Alcohol and drug addiction can cause serious tension and conflict in relationships, loss of employment, poor health, and financial difficulties. Sooner or later a person with an addiction will realize they need to do something about it, and the first step is to stop drinking or using drugs and allow the body to detoxify.

In cases of mild addiction it may be reasonable to simply stop taking the drug or give up drinking, but in more severe addiction detoxing at home can be extremely dangerous and even life-threatening, and it is also likely to fail. In these cases, detox in a recognized rehab or addiction treatment center is the safest option.

After the Detox

In an addiction treatment center medical detox is only the beginning of treatment and many other therapies are available to help the client understand the process of addiction, its underlying causes, and the stages in which a relapse or return to addiction can occur. None of these therapies are available in a home detox environment, and this makes a return to addiction much more likely to occur.

For more information on medical detox treatment, contact Drug Treatment Centers Rahway at (732) 455-1391.

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