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Medical Detox Programs in Troy (518) 626-8511

Alcohol or drug detox occurs when someone who is addicted stops taking these substances. Medical detox takes place most safely when done under the supervision of a medical professional, usually in medical detox centers.

Medical detox breaks the physical dependence that someone has built up in response to an ongoing relationship with drugs or alcohol. It is important that medical detox be done slowly and in a controlled setting, as withdrawal symptoms can be dangerous. It is for this reason that detox should not be done at home. The assistance of qualified professionals in a detox center with the use of medication can only be done safely within the confines of detox facilities.

For more information on detox programs, call Troy Drug Rehab at (518) 626-8511.

Types of Detox Programs

With medically-assisted detox, prescription drugs are used to reduce withdrawal symptoms, prevent complications and help with the long-term goals of abstinence. If rapid detox is performed rather than slow detox, the body’s system can go into shock, causing seizures, DTs and other serious complications.

Detox program options include:

  • Outpatient Detox:  In an outpatient facility, you can be treated during the day and go home in the evening. This is a good choice for detox if only one type of addiction is being treated and there are few risk factors involved. The outpatient detox process is good for those who have a good social support network and can remain employed while undergoing detox.
  • Inpatient Detox:  These provide similar care as outpatient centers except you are cared for 24 hours a day. The biggest advantage of inpatient detox is the separation from your old habits and temptations, helping to prevent relapse.

Withdrawal Symptoms of Some Substances

Meth Withdrawal

Someone who is withdrawing from a methamphetamine addiction may show the following symptoms:

  • Intense cravings for the drug: meth is highly addictive. Its effects produce feelings of happiness that induce cravings for the drug once its effects wear off.
  • Problems with sleep
  • Tremors
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Hypertension

Alcohol Withdrawal

Alcohol withdrawal can be deadly without medical care. The body can go into shock and cause seizures, hallucinations, and violent nausea.

  • Shakiness: This mild symptom can occur just 6 hours after having the last drink and while there is still a measurable blood alcohol level.
  • Sweating
  • Visual or auditory hallucinations: These can occur one-to-two days after withdrawal from drinking.
  • Delirium Tremens (DTs): This dangerous condition can begin between 48 and 72 hours after the last drink and can cause seizures and possibly death.

Residential Detox Treatment

Troy Drug Rehab’s doctors can administer medications to help with withdrawal symptoms during detox if necessary.

  • Suboxone: This detox drug is used for opiate addiction. It reverses the effects of the abused narcotics. Suboxone can be habit-forming and can impair respiration, which is why it is important to be under a doctor’s care during this detox.
  • Methadone: This is used most often for those withdrawing from heroin addiction. Methadone can also be addictive, so care must be used in dosing.
  • Naltrexone: Useful for alcohol addiction, Naltrexone blocks the effects of opiates and reduces the cravings for alcohol, making it easier to stop drinking.
  • Antabuse: This drug changes how a person reacts to the intake of alcohol, making it very undesirable to drink due to the bad reactions in the body if alcohol is taken in.
  • Neurontin:  Used for opiate withdrawal, Neurontin relieves the pain associated with detox as it slows down pain signals that travel across nerve cells.
  • Bupropion:  This drug is helpful for those with an opiate addiction. It increases the amount of serotonin in the brain and helps with depression and medical detox.

If you need to detox from alcohol or drug addiction, a residential drug treatment center is your best choice. Residential treatment has the highest success rates for detox and for lessened chances of relapse. Patients are cared for 24 hours a day and engage in therapeutic counseling, activities, learn to recognize trigger to avoid relapse and can be given medical treatment for detox symptoms.

For more information, contact Troy Drug Rehab at (518) 626-8511.


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