You want to go to a detox center, but you are concerned and want to know is detoxification off drugs and alcohol safe? There are many different options when it comes to drug and alcohol detox. Nonmedical and medical and whether you want to detox as an outpatient or inpatient.
Detoxification is a necessary step, for many people who use drugs and alcohol, to taking back control of their life. Alcohol and drugs fill your body with chemical toxins that are not natural to your system. Your body has the ability to detox and eliminate all those toxins and leave your system clean and ready for a new start. As your body naturally detoxes itself, not everyone needs to go to a detox center. Whether or not you need detox will depend on the amount of drugs and alcohol you have used and for how long. Also, depending on the type of drugs you have been using, will determine the need of whether or not you need detox. For example, cocaine and meth do not require detox as they leave your system rapidly and cause no withdrawal symptoms. If you have questions regarding your need for detox, consult with your doctor. Be honest about your drug and alcohol use and they can tell you if you need detox or not.
As you go through the detoxification process, you may experience withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal is where the majority of the discomfort is evident during detox. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms may include tremors, vomiting, depression, irritability, fatigue, anxiety, insomnia and headache. In some cases, individuals may experience the DTs, which is a period of hallucinations, extreme agitation and confusion. In the most severe withdrawal from alcohol, people can experience seizures and death. Withdrawal symptoms from drug detox will depend mainly on the type of drugs you have been using, but you may experience sweating, nausea, vomiting, insomnia, anxiety, chills, irritability and in some cases, seizures.
Outpatient detox is convenient if you work, have a family to care for or simply cannot, for other reasons stay overnight. Detox is available in nonmedical and medical services. Nonmedical detox is a natural approach to detoxify and may include holistic methods such as acupuncture, yoga, sauna and meditation and vitamin therapies. This type of detox does not work for everyone and depending on the withdrawal symptoms, could be uncomfortable or dangerous.
Outpatient medical detox is a little different in that it is a self reporting method where you go to a clinic or to a doctor's office and receive medication that you take at home. Methadone and suboxone are common in outpatient medical detox for opiates. Suboxone and methadone are opiates and from the same drug family as morphine, oxycontin and vicodin. There are studies that show where some individuals have been taking these drugs for more than 20 years. Also, when you decide to stop taking them you may experience withdrawal symptoms that are just as severe as for opiates.
Inpatient medical detox allows you to go to a facility to rest while you are detoxing. There are two different approaches, inpatient medical in a hospital and IV therapy medical detox. Inpatient hospital detox has been seen as less effective because of the oral medication that they use and some of their practices. The oral medication is not very effective at reducing the amount of withdrawal symptoms experienced by the patient and patients are usually kept in lockdown, in isolation or in psychiatric unit. In many detox hospitals, patients are restricted from contact with family and friends.
When you have completed detox, it may be necessary to enter a program to help you rebuild your life. Freedom Model Retreats offers a Cognitive Behavioral Learning program that guides guest though a process of intensive self assessment so they can identify problematic thought and behavior patterns in order to implement self-directed change. Guests are empowered to make choices and to develop habits and behaviors that are more productive, positive and purposeful.