Excessive drug use, including prescription drug use and illicit drug use has seen a slight increase over the last decade. Many drug users will seek detox assistance, but a greater number will not get the medical help they might need to quit their drug use. If you are ready to quit your prescription or illicit drug use, but are worried as to what are the possible dangers of drug detox, there is help available that can calm your worries.
Drug detox is the use of medications to cleanse the body of the chemical toxins that have built up in the system from prescription or illicit drug use. Some individuals going through detox may experience withdrawal symptoms that range from mild to severe, depending on the type of drugs used, how frequent the use is, the quantity of drug use and how long they have been using drugs. Some drugs do not require detox. If you are unsure as to whether or not you need drug detox, check with your doctor. They can run tests to see if you have any liver or kidney damage and tell you if you need detox or not.
One of the possible dangers of drug detox is the use of medications to cleanse the system. Certain medications such as methadone and suboxone are considered long term drug detoxes and although they may offer relief from withdrawal symptoms, they are replacement drugs. Methadone and suboxone are opiate narcotics from the same family as heroin, morphine, vicodin and oxycontin. While methadone is used to detox from heroin, suboxone is used often times to detox from methadone. Quitting either methadone or suboxone after long term use may result in experiencing stronger withdrawal symptoms and for a longer period of time.
There are other qualifiers to the possible dangers of drug detox, such as not completing the detox as may occur in some hospital inpatient medical detoxes. Patients have reported being placed in psychiatric units, kept in isolation, or placed on lockdown throughout the process. The oral medication used in the medical detox has been viewed by many physicians as ineffective at controlling the withdrawal symptoms and patients have felt uncomfortable. Many hospital detox programs maintain the policy that a certain amount of discomfort is to be expected and actually good for the patient because it acts as a deterrent to future drug use.
However, the reality is that many patients leave detox before it is completed under these circumstances and most return to drug use, which can exacerbate their health risks. Patients need to remain comfortable in order for them to be successful and complete the process and that comfort extends not just to their physical comfort, but also to their psychological comfort. Keeping patients on lockdown or in isolation, without any contact with the support and encouragement of family and friends, puts the patient at risk for not completing the detox.
IV therapy medical drug detox is seen as the best method for detox. IV therapy medical detox is administered by a physician and patient progress and well being is monitored by registered nurses, with the use of cardiac telemetry and video technology. The medication protocol is implemented by intravenous therapy and can be adjusted by the physician to meet the withdrawal symptoms to ensure that the patient is kept comfortable and completes the detox process.
Psychologically, the patient is given a quality of attention and care that ensures their mental health and well being such as detoxing in a private room that is equipped with HDTV and wireless internet. Patients are allowed the use of their own electronic devices such as personal cell phone and laptops and patients are treated to massage therapy and gourmet meals.
St. Jude Retreats offers an educational cognitive behavioral program that can help you rebuild your life after detox. The St. Jude Program teaches self awareness to guests to help them make choices that are more productive and to form habits and behaviors that are more enhancing to their life. Our guests are empowered to have a life that is permanently free from drug use.
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