Who Needs Medical Detox?
Medical detoxification is necessary when a person has developed a physical, mental, and emotional dependency on drugs or alcohol. Substance use disorder (SUD), also known as addiction, causes these individuals to abuse one or many substances to the degree that they will likely experience withdrawal symptoms if they suddenly stop using drugs or alcohol regularly.
Since physical symptoms from most addictive substances can easily cause a medical emergency to occur, it is never recommended that any person attempt to detox without medical supervision. Medically supervised detoxification, or Medical Detox, provides medicines that considerably minimize physical, mental, and emotional withdrawal symptoms.
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Most Common Drugs of Abuse & their withdrawal symptoms
Heroin is known for how it causes severe physical withdrawal symptoms when a person is addicted. Significant physical withdrawal symptoms include flu-like symptoms (chills, fever, sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes), nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, severe muscle cramping, body aches and pain, uncontrollable leg movements (known as kicking) heart palpitations, and increased blood pressure. Mental end emotional withdrawal symptoms that heroin addiction causes are anxiety, depression, emotional instability, agitation, and cravings for heroin.
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms manifest rapidly once the alcohol wears off. Persons experiencing alcohol withdrawal are affected physically, emotionally, and mentally. They will likely have the following withdrawal symptoms. Shaky hands, intolerable anxiety, insomnia, depression, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, high blood pressure, rapid pulse, hallucinations, paranoia, emotional instability, and intense cravings for alcohol. There is also a high risk that a person will have seizures during alcohol withdrawal.
Stimulants that cause addiction or dependency require medical detoxification. The most common stimulants that are abused are methamphetamine, cocaine, and prescription stimulant medications such as Adderall or Ritalin. Stimulant withdrawal symptoms cause irregular heartbeat, cold sweats, and fever, insomnia, a tendency to sleep continuously for several days, nausea and vomiting, as well as major psychological withdrawal symptoms. Stimulant withdrawal is predominantly psychological, and symptoms include hallucinations, nightmares, paranoia, and suicidal thoughts or plans. Therefore, all persons who are in medical detox for stimulants are continuously monitored by our psychiatrists and mental health professionals.
Hallucinogens are a type of drug that causes a person to experience reality differently. The major hallucinogens that are abused include Ecstasy, LSD, mushrooms, Mollie, Ketamine, and others. Hallucinogens do not necessarily cause physical withdrawal symptoms but do cause mental and emotional withdrawal symptoms. They include hallucinations- auditory and visual, anxiety, depression, confusion, paranoia, and panic attacks. Our medical detox for hallucinogen abuse and addiction prescribes medications that help an individual to relax and sleep.
Prescription painkillers are another type of opiate drug that causes physical dependency and addiction, similar to heroin. There are numerous types of prescription pain killers that a person can become addicted to and experience withdrawal symptoms. They include Vicodin, Oxycodone, Fentanyl, Norco, morphine, Dilaudid, and others. Depending on the strength and type of prescription painkiller, as well as for how long someone has been abusing it, it will indicate the severity of withdrawal symptoms.
Medical Detox Will Ease Painful Withdrawal
Once a person is admitted into our medical detox center, they are immediately assessed by medical doctors and psychiatrists and other addiction specialists. In many cases, considering the type of substance abused, clients will receive medication right away. After medical evaluations are completed, and medications have been prescribed, the client is allowed to rest and sleep. All persons in Medical Detox are monitored hourly by our team of medical experts.
The severity of withdrawal symptoms varies depending on how much and for how long a person has been abusing a substance. Evoke Wellness Massachutes Medical Detox services provide safe and effective medications that minimize and reverse physical discomfort and stabilize a person’s mental and emotional health. Our medical detox center is overseen by medical practitioners who specialize in drug and alcohol detoxification. All of our clients are routinely assessed by medical doctors, psychiatrists, and substance abuse experts while they are in detox.