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Drug Detox Overview

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An Outline Of Drug Detox

Removing the toxins from you system through drug detox can be frightening, painful, uncomfortable and dangerous without medical assistance. The best method for medical drug detox as recommended by the medical professionals is through IV therapy. Typically IV therapy is administered by doctors and nurses through an IV that allows the medical staff to adjust medications and keep you comfortable. IV medical detox can both safe and effective and can prepare you for the next stage, which might be to enroll in a program to help you rebuild your life.

Prescription Drug Use

Pharmaceutical or prescriptions drugs are medicines that are only available by a prescription issued by a physician, dentist or a veterinarian; for example antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs and prescription pain killers. Prescription drug use, especially among women and teenagers has increasingly become an issue. The pharmaceutical drugs most often overused are Adderall and Ritalin (especially among students), Valium, Xanax, Percoset, Vicodin and OxyContin.

Antidepressant Use

Antidepressants are drugs that are prescribed to reduce the symptoms of depression by altering chemicals in the brain. Antidepressants also have a high rate of physical dependency. Some conditions that might be treated with antidepressants are OCD (obsessive compulsive disorders), manic depressive disorders and PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder). Antidepressants are arranged into categories such as MAOIs (Monoamine oxidase inhibitors), NRIs (Norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors), NASSAs (Noradrenergic and specific serotonergic antidepressants), TCAs (Tricyclic antidepressants) and SNRIs (Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors). Some types of antidepressants are Elavil, Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Cymbalta, Effexor and Wellbutrin.

Anti-Anxiety (Benzodiazepines) Use

Anti-anxiety drugs are prescribed to reduce the symptoms of anxiety, muscle cramps and insomnia, among others. There is a chance for physical dependency when Benzodiazepines are overused. Restoril, Ativan, Xanax and Valium are among the most commonly prescribed anti-anxiety drugs. Depression, fear, increased anxiety and insomnia, seizures and even death may be experienced during withdrawal from Benzoidazepines without proper medical care.

Pain Killers (Prescription Opiate) Use

Prescribed to control pain, people who take prescription opiates for prolong periods of time are at a high risk for physical dependency. Examples of prescription opiates are oxycodone, hydrocodone, oxycontin, codeine and morphine.

Street Drug Use

Street drugs or recreational drugs as they are sometimes referred are illegal drugs that are acquired from someone other than a physician and most likely a drug dealer. Cocaine, meth, crack and heroin are street drugs and so are the pharmaceuticals that are sold on the street, as well as hallucinogens such as Ecstasy, LSD and mushrooms.

Heroin Use

A derivative of morphine, heroin comes from the opium poppy plant. Heroin has a high potential for physical dependency. Withdrawal symptoms from heroin dependency include muscle and stomach cramps/pain, sweating, muscle spasms, insomnia and nightmares and usually peak within 36 to 72 hours of taking the drug for the last time.

Marijuana Use

Also called pot, marijuana is the illegal drug most used in the U.S. Poor judgment and diminished concentration and perception are common in people who use marijuana.

Meth (Methamphetamine) Use

Meth is a stimulant that increases brain activity and creates a feeling of euphoria for the individual. For those using meth there is usually obsessive behavior, depression, anxiety and in extreme cases delusions, hallucinations and aggression caused by malnutrition and lack of sleep, not physical dependency which is absent in meth use. When you have completed your drug detox, St. Jude Retreats can help you in your long term success without drugs. Our program teaches that your drug use is a choice and not a disease. You will learn how to make different choices, to develop more productive and satisfying habits and as a result, have a life that is free from drug use permanently.

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