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Drug Detox in Your Own Home

Is it a good idea? Are there any risks involved?

The decision to detox from drug use is not an easy one to make and whether you have made it because of family concerns or your own health concerns; the good thing is that you are ready to get better. You may be considering drug detox in your own home, and while that is possible for certain types of drug use, it may not be wise for all drug use. You should consult the advice of a doctor before you decide to drug detox in your own home.

Removing the chemical toxins from your body that have collected in your system from drug use is what it means to detoxify. Detox is also needed when you are stopping all use of those drugs that have withdrawal symptoms. Some drugs are water soluble and do not need detox. Others, such as benzodiazepines, opiates and others need medical assistance for detox. Whether or not your detox will be a more pleasant experience, will depend largely on what drugs you have been using, the amount of use and how long you have been using.

Withdrawal symptoms can begin within a few hours of the last time you used drugs and may include headache, anxiety, irritability, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, muscle pain, hallucination, confusion and seizures. For many individuals drug withdrawal can be painful and scary. You do not have to go through it alone in your home, there are other options.

Methadone and suboxone are both opiate narcotics. You are basically exchanging one drug for another. These drugs work the same as morphine, oxycodone and heroin in that they block the opioid receptors in the brain that tell you to feel pain and pleasure. Studies show that many individuals who take methadone and suboxone have been taking it for more than 20 years. Quitting either methadone or suboxone could result in severe withdrawal symptoms and for a longer period of time than most other drug withdrawal.

 Traditional medical detox is usually carried out as an inpatient status, in a hospital facility or institution. Traditional medical detox has been seen as cold and uncaring, with minimal supervision, patient care that is questionable and typically using oral medication that can be less effective than IV detox therapy. More than a few patients have been known to walk out of detox because they felt uncomfortable or demeaned.

Doctors agree that IV therapy medical detox is the best method for drug detox. IV therapy is administered under doctor supervision and patient care is given 24/7. IV therapy makes it possible for the doctor to change the medication as your withdrawal symptoms change which keeps you comfortable. IV therapy medical detox is seen by the medical community as the most safe and effective.

When your detox is complete, you may want to consider entering a program that can help you regain control of your life. St. Jude Retreats offers a cognitive behavioral education program that teaches guests how to use self evaluation as a means to make more effective decisions and choices that are productive and lead to habits and behaviors that are positive. The results are a more enriching life that is permanently free from drug use.

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