Addiction is a disease that affects each person differently and choosing the right treatment plan when you make the decision to get help is an important step in returning to a balanced life. Medical detox as part of an overall recovery strategy will set you on a course for success and help you achieve the ultimate goal of being clean and sober. Additionally, medical detox reduces the pain of withdrawal and lowers the chances of relapse.
If you or a loved one are suffering from drug addiction, there are many medical detox treatment options for you to look at. To learn more about medical detox treatment programs, call Alcohol Treatment Centers Bay Shore at (631) 729-7145.
A medicated detox program incorporates a non-addictive, withdrawal symptom fighting medicine that is prescribed to you by a doctor. As opposed to a replacement drug, like methadone, this strategy is aimed at easing symptoms in order to get you through detox without relapsing and without introducing another drug.
An example of this tactic is to prescribe a patient a sleeping remedy if their withdrawal is causing them insomnia. The same would go for prescribing pain medication for addicts who are experiencing muscle or bone aches as part of their withdrawal.
In some cases of medical detox with a replacement drug, like methadone, an individual participates in an out-patient program. This does not mean they are left on their own. Patients come in to a clinic environment to receive their dose and are overseen by medical professionals.
This is usually the case in a long-term detox scenario, where a person was taking a high dosage level of heroin and needs months or years to be properly weaned off of methadone as a result. Patients live at home or at a sober living facility if that is a better situation for them and in general go about their normal lives along with addiction recovery steps as well.
Home detox is not recommended for a number of reasons. For one, withdrawal symptoms are more likely to set in right away rather than being controlled through medications. Additionally, withdrawal symptoms are more likely to be severe and life-threatening outside of the sterile, professional environment of a residential treatment center.
Because withdrawal can be highly stressful and dangerous, relapse is more likely in a home detox scenario. As such, professionals recommend checking into a residential treatment center that offers medically-assisted detox.
Being clean and sober is not an easy task for a recovering alcoholic or addict and every day can be a battle for them. Detox is only the first step, followed by rehab and recovery programs all of which deal with relapse prevention as a central theme so that people who enter recovery stay in recovery.
Relapse prevention teaches addicts how to avoid physical and emotional triggers as well as cope with the stresses of everyday life in order to stay in control of their recovery. Programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) expose people entering recovery to like-minded individuals who can help them keep moving forward.