Discontinuing the use of drugs and/or alcohol can be extremely difficult due to the withdrawal symptoms from physical dependence on a substance.
Indiana Inpatient Rehab provides comprehensive, medically supervised treatment of withdrawal that helps patients safely and effectively discontinue drug and alcohol use, regain sobriety, and achieve long-term abstinence.
Here’s more about what happens in medical detox, and how to find out if you’re an ideal candidate for this treatment program.
What Is Medical Detox?
Medical drug and/or alcohol detox is usually the first stage in nearly in a long-term recovery program. Medical detox manages the physical symptoms of withdrawal by treating the physical dependence on drugs and alcohol.
Quitting drugs and alcohol abruptly after physical dependence has developed can be dangerous, and for some individuals, can greatly increase the risk of serious complications. Seizures, cardiac arrhythmias, and even death can occur in those with severe substance use disorders who don’t receive professional medical detox at a drug rehab center.
Medical detox allows patients to safely withdraw from drug and alcohol use while receiving medications to alleviate withdrawal symptoms and 24-hour medical care and support to reduce the risk of serious complications.
What Are the Symptoms of Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal?
Symptoms of drug and alcohol withdrawal will vary depending on the type of substance used, the severity of the substance use disorder, and the patient’s medical history and current health status.
Drug and alcohol withdrawal symptoms may include:
- Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea
- Anxiety, agitation and restlessness
- Muscle and bone pain, muscle tremors and cramping
- Increased heart rate
- Delirium tremens (alcohol withdrawal)
Which Addiction Types Are Treated Using Medical Detox?
Nearly every addiction type can be safely and effectively treated using medical drug detox, though the treatment methods may vary. For instance, opioid withdrawal symptoms can be greatly reduced with medications like buprenorphine, which interact with the same brain receptors as opioids thereby decreasing withdrawal symptoms and cravings, but without producing the euphoria caused by overuse of opioids. Benzodiazepine withdrawal can be treated with gradual tapering of the dosage over several weeks to reduce withdrawal symptoms.
Addiction types commonly treated using medical detox include:
- Opioids (including heroin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and fentanyl)
- Benzodiazepines and barbiturates
Alcohol withdrawal, which has the highest potential for life-threatening complications, can be treated with medications such as acamprosate to stabilize brain chemicals, as well as long-acting benzodiazepines in the acute phase, according to the American Psychiatric Association treatment guidelines.
Our Medical Detox Staff
The dedicated team of medical professionals at Indiana Inpatient Rehab work together and with the patient to develop effective treatment plans based on individual symptoms. Our staff strives to make patients feel supported and experience the least pain and discomfort possible while recovering from drug and alcohol dependence.
Medical Detox at Indiana Inpatient Rehab
Medical detox treatment at Indiana Inpatient Rehab allows patients to relax and recover without daily stressors and responsibilities, or, exposure to drugs or other negative influences.
Our medical drug detox programs that can effectively reduce withdrawal symptoms from drugs and alcohol to help patients recover from physical drug dependence. Contact us today at 765-345-8884 to learn more about our recovery programs and rehab locations.