Alcohol/Drug Medical Detoxification in West Orange, NJ (973) 396-1396

Toxic substance removal from the physical body is a process called detoxification. An alcohol or drug detoxification is the first step in drug treatment. People with dependence upon these substances experience serious withdrawal. An alcohol or drug detox is needed to avoid those risks. Withdrawal symptoms can be severe and even lethal without a medical detox. This process, held in a controlled environment, will decrease or eliminate withdrawal symptoms while cleansing the body of illicit substances.

If you or a loved one is in need of medical detox, call Drug Treatment Centers West Orange at (973) 396-1396.

How Does a Medical Detox Work?

Alcohol and many commonly used illicit substances deteriorate physical and mental health. The detoxification process reduces the levels of abused substances in the body and alleviates withdrawal symptoms, which happen after abruptly stopping drug use. Prescribed medications take the place of illicit substances, avoiding the withdrawal symptoms. Medical detox in a treatment center setting like ours in West Orange, where health care personnel monitor the person detoxing, is the recommended option.

Is a Home Detox Safe?

A home detox is not recommended since an unsafe situation could arise that needs emergency medical attention. Unpredictable reactions to a lack of substances in the body can happen quickly. Also, withdrawal must be controlled for physical and psychological reasons. Medical detoxing uses medications to replace addictive substances with controlled doses of prescription drugs. These drugs are not available in a home detox and can only be given in a facility by health care staff.

What Withdrawal Symptoms can Happen Without a Medical Detoxification?

When people attempt to decrease or stop their alcohol consumption, alcohol withdrawal symptoms will manifest. Seizures, convulsions, tremors and disorientation are common with heavy drinkers. Hallucinations also are known to occur some cases.

Heroin withdrawal symptoms develop when an addict tries to stop taking it with no prescribed medications to replace opiates. Symptoms are painful and can be fatal. Heroin withdrawal symptoms may include perspiration, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, agitation, severe anxiety and even death.

Rapid Detox

Prescribed medications are administered. The person isn’t awake to experience painful withdrawal symptoms and when they wake up, the ability to experience the pleasurable effects from opiates is gone. The addict can try and take opiates to get “high,” but the drug will not garner the same effects. Qualifying for a rapid detox will depend on mental and physical health.

Examples of Medications Used

  • Suboxone is a prescription medication combining buprenorphine and naloxone used to treat opioid addiction such as heroin.
  • Methadone is used to prevent withdrawal symptoms from opiate drug addiction such as morphine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, and fentanyl.
  • Naltrexone supports abstinence, prevents relapse and decreases alcohol consumption.
  • Antabuse is prescribed to help people stop drinking by causing negative reactions when alcohol is consumed.

Detox – Can it Stand Alone?

A detox by itself will most probably trigger a relapse. A detox simply eliminates substances from the body in a controlled way. Treatment is needed after detox to sustain sobriety by conducting behavioral therapy, counseling, group meetings and aftercare services. Detox cannot stand alone as treatment and needs follow-up services to remain effective.

Finding Detox and Treatment

Residential treatment for detoxifying is the safest choice. It’s important to consult with addiction specialists, which we have in our treatment centers, to assess what type of detox is the best for each person. Our healthcare professionals at Drug Treatment Centers West Orange are licensed and have the knowledge to recommend the safest and most effective detox protocols. We also have the follow-up treatment you or a loved one need for successful and long-term sobriety. Call us today at (973) 396-1396, we can help. All calls are kept confidential.

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