If you are addicted to alcohol or harmful substances, you can safely begin your journey to recovery with a medically assisted detox.
What Is Medical Detox?
Medical Detoxification is a process that removes drugs or other substances from a person’s body. Overseen by a doctor, this treatment uses medications and other treatments to help reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms. It is the first step towards recovery, and a rehab program must follow it.
What Are The Physical Symptoms Of Withdrawal?
Your symptoms will vary according to the substance you used and how heavy that use was. Physical withdrawal symptoms may include:
- Vomiting & Nausea
- Shivering & Shaking
- Nasal Congestion
- Excessive Sweating
- High Blood Pressure
- Increased Heart Rate
- Intense Headaches
- Aches & Pains
- Disturbing Dreams
What Are The Psychological Symptoms of Withdrawal?
In addition to the intensely unpleasant physical effects of withdrawal, you may also experience psychological effects.
- Mood swings
How Does A Medical Detox Reduce Withdrawal Symptoms?
As you can see from the symptoms listed above, withdrawal can be an intense experience. In order to keep you as safe and comfortable as possible, the doctor overseeing the process will evaluate you, and develop an individual treatment plan. The treatments will vary depending on the substance that you used, and how extensive that use was.
Because withdrawing from alcohol can be life-threatening, medical detox is the best option to begin your recovery. The doctor may prescribe benzodiazepines or other medications to avert seizures or delirium tremens. These medications have many risks, so it is crucial that you are under a doctor’s observation.
Withdrawal from opioids is extremely difficult. Doctors may prescribe methadone to help soothe your pain and distress during this time.
Substances like cocaine and meth cause heart damage. As you withdraw from them, a doctor will want to observe you throughout the process to ensure your health.
Withdrawal from sedatives is dangerous to do on your own. A doctor may wean you off the substance slowly. The medical staff will monitor your heartbeat and oxygen levels as you detox.
How Long Will Treatment Take?
Most detox treatments take about seven to ten days.
Try Nexstep Medical Detox
Based in Utah, Nexstep is a trusted provider of medical detox treatments. Patients from all over the United States fly into Salt Lake to experience the high level of care Nexstep provides.
- Medical Detox Programs For Alcohol Abuse, Heroin, Opiates, Meth & More
- 24/7 Monitoring
- Private Consultations With A Medical Provider Every Day
- Airport Transport
- Coordination Of Care With Recovery Facilities
- Group Therapy Services