Alcohol Abuse and Medical Detox
Someone abusing enormous amounts of alcohol for some years will usually require a medical detox. When a person attempts to stop their alcohol consumption, they can have severe episodes of delirium tremens or DTs. These DTs can be very disturbing and life-threatening. Withdrawal from alcohol can bring about other symptoms like,
- heavy heart palpitations,
- muscle spasm,
- heavy sleep,
- drowsiness, and more.
A person can exhibit various stages of psychosis and can require mild sedation while detoxing from heavy alcohol use. Also, there are other medical monitoring needed. Are the person’s liver and kidneys functioning correctly or were damaged by alcohol to the point of non-function? The person’s blood pressure might be too high or too low and need surveillance. All these factors must be taken into account when dealing with the withdrawal of severe alcohol abuse.
Polydrug Users & Detox
Most polydrug users require medical detox. When street drugs or alcohol mixed with prescription medication are abused, this service will most likely be mandatory.
For example, a person utilizing Xanax as directed but misusing any recreational drugs like Percocet may need this service. Generally, street drugs are easier to withdraw from than human-made prescribed drugs. In some instances, people have asked to come off methadone; this prescription drug has many unpleasant side effects. It does require, by all means, a medical detox.
The withdrawal becomes more difficult if taken with other prescription drugs. Some can cause severe aches and spasm with muscles and bone pain, with a very bad “headspace.” Withdrawing from these prescription drugs can be life-threatening if the dose is high and taken for an extended time. High anxiety and even seizures can occur during the detox period.
Medical Detox Centers
Medical detox is there to prevent a worsening condition and help overcome the withdrawal effect during the first few days of their treatment. Most medical withdrawals will last on average between 5 to 10 days with constant supervision and monitoring of vital signs by trained medical professionals. Following detox treatment, most centers require that the clients also be admitted to a drug rehab center. The majority of clinics offering this service are privately funded, and a few government-run centers have a waiting list of up to three months.
Private Medical Detox Centers
If you or some you know need a private medical detox, call 1 888-488-8434. And you can speak with one of our experienced referral counselors. He or she will be able to answer your questions related to detox or treatment programs. They will guide you to the proper service.
Not everyone requires this step to recover from their misuse. However, those with heavy alcohol consumption, and people with polydrug abuse usually need medical attention while detoxing. As well, individuals with medical conditions will need personal observation during any program.
If you’re unsure whether you or someone you know needs this type of service, speak with our drug addiction referral counselor for guidance.
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