Each year millions of people overuse prescription drugs. From opiate painkillers, to sedatives and stimulants; prescription drug use is quickly becoming the most dominant drug problem in the U.S. If you are one of the 6.2 million people who have asked yourself, "how can I detox off prescription drugs", there are several different types of services to help you.
Not everyone who takes prescription drugs will need to detox off prescription drugs. It will depend on the type of drug you have been taking, how long you have been taking them, how often and how much of the drug or drugs you have been taking. However, if you do need to detoxify, your options are to detox as an inpatient, outpatient and through medical or nonmedical detox.
Outpatient detox can happen through nonmedical or medical detox. Outpatient medical detox requires you to self report and to either take medication in a clinic setting, or to receive a prescription from a physician and then take the medication at home. The most common drugs used for medical outpatient detox are methadone and suboxone.
Both methadone and suboxone are opiate narcotics and are part of the morphine, oxy and vicodin family of controlled substances. Methadone and suboxone affect the central nervous system and like morphine, blocks the opioid receptors to prevent pain and leave the individual feeling euphoric and content.
Studies have shown that individuals who take methadone or suboxone never develop a plan to getting off the drug. Some individuals who take methadone have been taking it for more than 20 years. Quitting methadone and suboxone may include withdrawal symptoms that are as severe as with any other drug and possibly last longer than the detox off prescription drugs.
Traditional inpatient hospital detox has been seen as cold and uncomfortable. Hospitals usually keep their drug detox in psychiatric units, on lockdown or isolated on psychiatric floors. Patients are not allowed any personal items, no cell phones and no laptops and if they wish to call their family, they must do so from the nurse's station. Traditional inpatient hospital detox uses oral medications that many have agreed are less effective at reducing the patient's discomfort or helping them through the detox process.
Doctors agree that the best method for detox for prescription drugs is IV therapy medical detox. IV therapy medical detox is supervised by highly skilled, board certified licenses doctors with experience in critical care medicine. Intravenous therapy is relevant because it allows the doctor to make any changes that are needed to the medication which keeps the patient comfortable and help the patient achieve a successful detox.
After you have completed your detox from prescription drugs, it may be necessary for you to enroll into a program to help you rebuild your life. St. Jude Retreats offers an educational cognitive behavioral program that teaches guests to self assess their situation and to self-change through reevaluating their choices and decisions and to form habits and behaviors that are positive and that bring enrichment to their life. Guests have more self confidence and are empowered to have long term success without substance use when they complete our program.
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