Medical Detox in St. Petersburg FL

What is medical detox?

Medical detox is a specific type of detox therapy that, under medical supervision, is used to gradually decrease the level of an addictive substance from the body in order to make the detox and withdrawal process bearable and less dangerous for the patient. Drug treatment centers are able to provide medical detox services to their patients through highly trained, certified medical professionals. Medical detox can work in two ways: either the abused drug is used to taper the effects of detox, or a replacement drug is used instead of the offending drug. Alcohol detox and opiate drug detox are both examples where replacement drugs are used.

Methods that have been described as a means of self-detoxing should not be attempted. Those that promote these methods are reckless in their suggestion that the detoxification process is one that can readily be achieved. Every person is different, especially in terms of their own health conditions and the stage of their addiction. It is impossible to know how any one person may react to detox and withdrawal. Detoxing can be extremely severe and may become life-threatening very quickly. This is why the process of detoxing from any substance should be done only with medical supervision.

To learn more about detox services, call Drug Treatment St. Petersburg at (727) 362-4547.

Types of detox processes

  • Medicated detox - Symptoms of withdrawal are managed through medication therapy.
  • Medical detox - Drugs are administered by medical personnel to slowly rid drugs from the system and manage withdrawal.
  • Inpatient - The detox and withdrawal process is supervised and monitored by medical staff in a drug treatment center.
  • Outpatient - Outpatient detox can prescribe replacement drug therapy by administering drug replacements in decreasing amounts to prolong the detox process. Medications also may be used to inhibit drug use. An example of this is Antabuse, which causes nausea and vomiting if alcohol is consumed. Replacement drug therapy is also used with drugs such as methadone and Suboxone for heroin or other opiate drug detox.

Detox and withdrawal symptoms by drug type

  • Alcohol withdrawal - Alcohol withdrawal symptoms are opposite to the depressant effects of alcohol. Symptoms include: anxiety, tremors, and irritability. DT's, delirium tremens, are intense and severe, and in some instances, fatal.
  • Heroin - Opiates block the sensation of pain and produce a depressant effect. Noted withdrawal symptoms are: cravings, sweating, fever, nausea and vomiting, and insomnia.

Medications used in medical detox treatments

  • Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone) - This partial opioid agonist is used as a replacement drug for opiate use during detox.
  • Methadone - Methadone mediates withdrawal symptoms and is a replacement for heroin during detox.
  • Naltrexone (Naltrexone hydrochloride) - Naltrexone, a pure opioid antagonist, works by blocking the effects of opioids.

How does detox trigger relapse without treatment?

Detox can trigger relapse in a recovering addict without treatment due to the process itself. The detox process is highly strenuous on the mental state of the addict and on the physical body and central nervous system. These un-tolled repercussions during the actual process become so intense that, without medically-based treatment, the probability of a person enduring the complete course is lowered. It simply becomes easier to use and alleviate the pain and discomfort.

Inpatient drug treatment centers offer patients a complete, structured program of medically-supervised care that takes the patient through a detox process that is managed and more comfortable, provides the counseling and therapy that helps to bring the patient into an understanding of their disease and its results, and educates them on relapse prevention and the environmental and social stressors that wear on their recovery.

Call Drug Treatment St. Petersburg at (727) 362-4547 today to start your medical detox.

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