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Medical Detox New London CT (860) 207-8356

The first step toward recovery in most drug and alcohol treatment programs is detoxification. Detoxification is the process of cleansing the body from the addictive substance or substances the patient has become dependent on. These may include alcohol, illegal drugs like cocaine, heroin and meth or prescription medications. Medical detox is a process that is supervised by the medical staff of the treatment facility.

This process causes the body to go into withdrawal and produce uncomfortable, painful, and in some cases, life-threatening symptoms. Medical detox can help reduce some of the symptoms as well as their severity through the administration of medicine or emergency care, if necessary. If you or someone you love is in need of medical detox, call Drug Rehab Treatment Centers New London at (860) 207-8356.

Often, when an addict tries to detox at home, he or she gives up when the cravings begin. The person will use the substance to find relief. Another danger of detoxing at home is the concern that the person may become seriously ill from the side effects and require medical attention that is not readily available if they are not in a medically-equipped facility.

The medical detox process at New London Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers takes between 10 and 15 days, in most cases. The length of time depends on the substance being abused, the amount used, and even how long the person has been addicted. People who abuse multiple substances may have longer and more severe withdrawal symptoms.

Symptoms of withdrawal may begin immediately, but are usually seen about 24 hours after the person last consumed the substance. They vary based on type of substance being abused, but some of the most common symptoms of withdrawal include:

  • Insomnia
  • Severe fatigue and drowsiness
  • Lack of appetite
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Extreme depression
  • Agitation
  • Headaches
  • Cramping and nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Sweating
  • Runny nose
  • Trembling, shaking
  • Increased heart rate
  • Trouble breathing
  • Hallucinations
  • Muscle pain

A seizure, heart attack or stroke can also occur during detox from alcohol, which is why it is recommended to choose an inpatient treatment program over trying to do it alone at home.

Withdrawing from Prescription Drugs

Prescription drug abuse has become one of the most dangerous and prevalent problems in the United States, with these medications being responsible for more deaths than car accidents in 2012, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Withdrawal from opiates may result in symptoms such as:

  • Irritability, anxiety, and agitation
  • Insomnia
  • Low energy
  • Hot and cold sweats
  • Muscle aches and abdominal cramps
  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea

Medications that can reduce the severity of symptoms during opiate detox include:

  • Methodone, which alleviates cravings and suppresses some withdrawal symptoms
  • Clonidine, which reduces anxiety, agitation, and cramps
  • Subutex, which can shorten the duration of the detox process
  • Antidepressants like Paxil, which alleviate anxiety, depression, and insomnia
  • Naltrexone, which blocks the effects of opiates at the receptor sites and is administered after the detox process is complete

Withdrawal from stimulants may produce symptoms that include:

  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Depression, anxiety, and irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Intense dreaming

While there are some medications being tested that may alleviate the intense cravings common during stimulant withdrawal, the FDA hasn’t approved any drugs for that purpose. However, physicians often prescribe bupropion (Zyban or Welbutrin) to help reduce cravings, depression, and anxiety.

Withdrawal from sedatives is a tapering off process that can take weeks or even months. The doses are gradually reduced to prevent some of the more intense symptoms of withdrawal, which may include a dangerous increase in heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and breathing rate.

Contact Drug Rehab Treatment Centers New London to find out more about our medical detox process and to find the program that best suits your needs. Our addiction specialists are ready to take your call. Dial (860) 207-8356 today and get started on the path to sobriety.

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