The decision you have made to go to detox is an important one and now you want to know what to expect from drug and alcohol detoxification. Detox is the opportunity to get better and to cleanse your system from the chemical toxins that have collected in your system from your drug and alcohol use. The time you spend in detox can help you consider the changes you need to make in your life in order not to return to substance use. You may be feeling anxious about your decision, but there is no need to feel that way.
Depending on the method of detox or the facility you are entering, your outcome and experience will differ. Detox is available in outpatient and inpatient and through medical and nonmedical detox. Outpatient medical detox is a self reporting method for detox that generally involves you reporting to a clinic or doctor's office to receive medication, including benzodiazepines, librium methadone or suboxone to detox. These medications will help relieve the withdrawal symptoms from your drug and alcohol use. However, these medications are opiate narcotic drugs and when you decide to quit taking them you will experience withdrawal from them, sometimes for longer periods of time.
There are different things you can expect from drug and alcohol detoxification centers that are located in hospitals. Traditional inpatient hospital medical detox uses oral medication that many physicians view as ineffective at relieving the withdrawal symptoms. Most hospital medical detox programs do not view this as a problem and believe that if the patient experiences a certain amount of discomfort, it may deter them from returning to drug and alcohol use. That philosophy is criticized by many medical professionals.
Additionally, patients are often kept in psychiatric units or on psychiatric floors and placed in isolation or on lockdown. Patients are not allowed any outside contact, no personal items, no cell phones and no laptops; in fact they are not allowed anything that can be plugged into a wall outlet. This treatment only further alienates the patient and leads to a discomfort that results in the patient walking out before the detox is complete.
IV therapy medical detox is regarded by many physicians as the safest and most effective method of inpatient medical detox available. IV therapy is supervised by a physician and patient care is monitored extensively. Intravenous therapy is important because it allows the doctor to make changes to the medication protocol as the patient experiences withdrawal symptoms. This keeps the patient comfortable and allows them to complete the detox process. The patient leaves detox renewed and ready to return to their new life.
After detox, you may want to enter a program that will help you rebuild your life after drug and alcohol use. St. Jude Retreats offers a cognitive behavioral education program that uses self change and self evaluation to teach guests to make choices and decisions that are more enriching and productive. Guests learn to develop behaviors and habits that are positive and enhancing to their life and discover that they have the strength to have a life that is permanent free from drug and alcohol use.
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