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Alcohol/Drug Medical Detox Programs in Ramapo, NJ (732) 453-6646

Alcohol and drug detox is the process by which a person detoxifies or breaks the physical addiction associated with substance abuse. Because the detoxification process can cause unpleasant physical symptoms, a person may require medical detox support.

For the best treatment possible, contact the experts at Drug Treatment Centers Ramapo at (732) 453-6646.

How Does Medical Detox Work?

Medical detox is an inpatient rehabilitation process where a person receives medical support through the acute phase of withdrawal. The acute phase is associated with the greatest amount of detoxification symptoms.

Experts at a medical detox facility understand the expected withdrawal symptoms associated with a particular drug abused. The medical detox facility team can then administer treatment medications, if necessary to reduce symptoms. Examples include:

  • Antabuse, a medication intended to deter a person from drinking by making a person feel sick if he or she drinks alcohol.
  • Bupropion, a medication that reduces obsessive-compulsive thoughts and depression that can occur as a result of drug withdrawals.
  • Methadone, a medication that helps a person break an addiction to opiates, such as heroin.
  • Naltrexone, a medication that can block opioid receptors in the brain, making opiates less effective.
  • Neurontin, a medicine that can reduce seizures in a person undergoing alcohol withdrawals.
  • Suboxone, a medication prescribed to help a person break free of an opiate addiction.

While not everyone undergoing drug or alcohol withdrawals will require medications, taking these medications when needed is associated with greater incidence of treatment success.

Types of Detox Programs

Detox programs can involve an outpatient or inpatient stay. Outpatient programs involve daily visits to a rehabilitation center. A person may receive education regarding substance abuse as well as participate in therapy sessions.

Inpatient programs involve a residential stay, typically of 30 days or more. These programs provide intense therapy that can help a person successfully detox from drug or alcohol addiction.

Inpatient programs can benefit most people suffering from addiction, including those with complicated addictions, such as a co-existing mental health disorder or a secondary addiction, such as gambling; those who have tried to quit and failed or those who are suffering a relapse.

Withdrawal Symptoms Associated with Detox

Drugs and alcohol can affect different parts of the brain, which is why each person can experience various withdrawal symptoms based on the substance abused of choice. Examples of common drug withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Alcohol: Alcohol withdrawals can cause symptoms such as paranoia, seizures, too-fast heart rate, hallucinations and depression.
  • Cocaine: Cocaine withdrawal symptoms include depression, increased appetite, vivid dreams, agitation, restless behavior and fatigue.
  • Opiates: Opiates include heroin or prescription drugs, such as morphine or Oxycontin. Withdrawal symptoms include agitation, muscle aching, sweating, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and large pupils.
  • Methamphetamine: Withdrawal symptoms include deep depression, night sweats, paranoia, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, teeth grinding and irritability.

Why Should a Person Seek a Residential Treatment Center for Detox?

Many people who seek treatment at a residential treatment facility feel they cannot or have not been able to successfully detox from drugs or alcohol in their home environment.

There are several benefits associated with residential treatments when compared with other approaches, such as outpatient treatment or detoxing at home. The first is safety for the individual. Detoxing at home with no medical support can be dangerous for the person. At an inpatient facility, a person has 24-hour support for his or her medical needs.

Another advantage is added focus. The ability to be at a residential facility means a person can focus solely on breaking his or her addiction. At a residential facility, a person does not have the temptations of other friends, drug abuse triggers or stress from a job or relationships.

For more information on drug and medical detox programs, reach out to Drug Treatment Centers Ramapo at (732) 453-6646.

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