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Medical Detox in Brooklyn

Many drugs, including commonly abused substances like heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine, are physically as well as emotionally addictive, and that can make getting off of them much more difficult. Medical detox tries to deal with this physical dependency and reduce the impact of the withdrawal symptoms through continual medical supervision, and in some cases, the administration of medication.

Medical detox works in a variety of ways, depending on the drugs involved and the history of the drug addiction. Some addicts benefit greatly from prescription medications designed to reduce cravings. Others benefit more from slow tapering and a more natural withdrawal process. The approach may vary, but the end goal of medical detox is always the same – to help the addict get clean and sober and maintain their sobriety long term. Call Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers at 718-408-2197 if you or someone you love needs help.

How Does This Process Work?

Medical detox for alcohol and drugs is aimed at the physical nature of addiction. Many of the most commonly abused drugs create a strong physical dependence, and that makes getting off of them much more difficult.

The medical staff at Brooklyn Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers evaluates each patient in order to identify the type of drug the individual is addicted to, as well as their drug abuse history to create a treatment plan just for them. A person with a longstanding heroin habit may find the physical withdrawal symptoms so severe that the cold turkey approach is simply not viable. In that case the medical drug detox might include methadone or other prescription drugs. Our knowledgeable staff has vast experience with all kinds of substance abuse, and that expertise allows them to design a medical detox process and treatment program for each individual who enters the facility.

Withdrawal Symptoms

The withdrawal symptoms the patient experiences will depend on the type of drug they have been abusing. Listed below are the common withdrawal symptoms for a number of frequently abused drugs.

  • Methamphetamine – Common withdrawal symptoms for meth addicts include excessive sleepiness and lethargy, increases in appetite, heightened anxiety, paranoia and depression. Full-blown psychosis may also occur, which is why meth addicts are often treated in inpatient treatment facilities.
  • Oxycontin – Common symptoms of Oxycontin withdrawal include nausea and vomiting, rapid or irregular heartbeat, intense sweating, anxiety, hot and cold flashes, insomnia and dilated pupils.
  • Heroin – Common withdrawal symptoms experienced by heroin users include slowed breathing, impaired mental function, nausea and vomiting, drowsiness and decreases in body temperature.
  • Alcohol – The most frequent symptoms of alcohol withdrawal include depression and anxiety, sweating and chills, restlessness and insomnia, alcohol cravings and shaking.

Why Detoxing at Home is Dangerous

Not only is quitting on your own dangerous, it can actually be counterproductive. When not handled properly and under medical supervision, drug and alcohol withdrawal can trigger cravings and make the problem worse.

For example, someone undergoing detox from opiates may find the withdrawal symptoms so severe that they seek out the drug just to make the pain and discomfort disappear. In the end, the individual will end up with a more serious addiction problem, making quality medical drug detox even more important.

The same is true of someone undergoing withdrawal from alcoholism. Some heavy drinkers think that they can just stop drinking and get sober, but that strategy often backfires. Like heroin and other opiates, alcohol is physically addictive, and alcoholics can experience severe withdrawal symptoms when they try to quit. In fact, alcoholics are at risk for some of the most dangerous symptoms. These can include tremors, sweating, depression, anxiety, increased pulse, nausea and vomiting among others. A life- threatening condition known as delirium tremens or DT’s is characterized by extreme agitation, confusion, hallucinations, high fever, and seizures. If not tended to immediately, patients can die from this condition.

Alcoholics who enter Brooklyn Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers will have the help of professionals as they go through the withdrawal process. If someone you care about has a problem with substance abuse, call us for help now at 718-408-2197. Don’t let them live another day bound to their addiction. Our addiction specialists are available to answer any questions you may have.

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