You have decided to seek detox assistance for your alcohol or drug use, but you have a medical condition that requires prescription medication, such as thyroid medication, insulin, high blood pressure or a heart condition. Now you are wondering; can I stay on my prescriptions while going through detox?
Usually a medical detox, if managed by competent licensed medical professionals, will work with your prescription medications while also addressing the detox issues medically as well. However, some non-traditional detoxes will not allow any medications to be used while an individual is in their facility. This non medical model is seen by licensed physicians as dangerous and ineffective for the obvious lack of care and logic.
If you are taking medication for a condition or illness, it is important that you consult your doctor before going into detox to make sure you are admitted to a facility that is willing to work with both the detox process and your regular medications simultaneously. Some people do stay on their prescriptions while going through detox and others are not recommended to do so.
The process of cleansing the body of chemical toxins that accumulate in the system from alcohol and drug use is known as detoxification. Depending on the types of drugs used, how long you have been using drugs and/or alcohol and how much you have been using, it could take from a few days to a few weeks to detoxify. Withdrawal can be uncomfortable and painful with symptoms varying depending on your substance use (alcohol and/or drug use). Your withdrawal symptoms may range from headache, anxiety and irritability; to nausea and vomiting, chills and sweating; to insomnia, confusion, hallucinations and seizures.
Traditional medical detox is sometimes seen as cold and isolative. Some traditional detox facilities place patients in isolation, lockdown or in psychiatric wards. Traditional medical detox has been seen as using oral medication that is not effective and using practices that many consider questionable. Patients are not allowed personal items and any medication that is issued is given by the staff. Patients are restricted to no outside contact. However, there is a better approach.
IV therapy medical detox is seen as the most effective and safest method for medical detox and you will be able to take your prescriptions while going through the process. IV therapy medical detox begins with a full health assessment of your physical, psychological and social well being. Then, a detox plan is created from the results of your health assessment. The medication protocol is carried out by intravenous therapy that is supervised by board certified and licensed doctors with experience in critical care and registered nurses with a vast amount of experience in ICU/ER care. IV therapy is important because it allows the doctor to adjust your medication to keep you comfortable and allows you to finish the detox.
When you have completed your detox, you may want to consider enrolling in a program that can help you overcome your substance use issues. St. Jude Retreats offers a cognitive behavioral program to help our guests learn by implementing self assessment methods that promote reevaluating decisions and choices and working to self change through making more productive choices and decisions. This then reinforces those choices with positive habits and behaviors. Our guests are self-empowered and realize that they have the strength to have a life that is permanently free from substance use.
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