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In spite of a powerful want for the drugs they crave, most addicts fear the withdrawal from those same substances. For a select few people, withdrawal could be fatal, not to mention painful and horrible for many other people. The objective of every Colorado facility is to ensure that their clients detoxify correctly and quickly. However, detox must not be confused with rehabilitation, and it is not a ‘cure’ for substance addiction. Detoxification is a very effective first step towards recovery if it’s followed by an in-depth rehabilitation program.
What are the types of detox available for addiction?
Social detoxification and medically supervised withdrawal. Social detoxification is largely used with addicts who are not prolonged substance abusers. Social detoxification incorporates behavioral modeling, encouragement from family and friends, and a semi-supervised atmosphere are all methods of social detoxification that help the addict endure their withdrawal. Medically supervised withdrawal is ideally used with people who were habitual substance abusers, and involves round-the-clock clinical supervision in an inpatient setting. This kind of detox is usually assisted by prescribed medications that help mitigate the pain of withdrawal.
There are several different groups of drugs, and these branches generally share similar withdrawal symptoms. Different classes of legal and illegal substances generally require different detox plans. Depressants, such as barbiturates, benzodiazepines, alcohol, and many others, cause a variety of withdrawal symptoms, like anxiousness, sweating, tremors, hallucinations, and seizures. Withdrawal symptoms of stimulants, like amphetamines, methamphetamine, cocaine, Ritalin, and various others, can commonly be overcome with the emotional and motivational reinforcement from friends, family, and psychologists. However, infrequently depression and stimulant psychosis can occur, so on occasion doctors prescribe medicines to avoid suicidal feelings, paranoia, and suicide. Opioids, like heroin, morphine, codeine, oxycodone, and others, result in withdrawal symptoms varying from moderate (runny nose, sweating, diarrhea) to critical (fast pulse and breathing, depression, bone and muscle pain, and cravings). A special family of synthetic opiates is sometimes prescribed to people experiencing severe opioid withdrawal symptoms, but these substances have to only be used briefly since they are also addictive.
Taking the First Step
Numerous harmful substances can deposit within the body after years of chronic drinking and drug abuse. Part of the goal of detoxification is to begin eliminating those chemicals from the body. The objective is to minimize the withdrawal symptoms that addicts dread. As quickly and thoroughly as possible, detoxification might either involve the gradual reduction of the substance, the slow reduction of the substance, briefly replacing with different chemicals, or going ‘cold turkey’ under supervision. The most necessary fact to understand regarding detox is that is useless until followed by rehab.