What are the Benefits of a Detox Program?
Detox programs, such as the one offered at Elevations Health Austin Medical Detox Program start by focusing on removing drugs and alcohol from the body. It’s the first step in the treatment process, and it can get you to the point where you’re ready for long-term treatment. The reason that the detox process must come first is because in order for a person to overcome their addiction or alcoholism and receive the benefits of recovery, they must first have a mind and body that is clear from substances of any kind.
Detoxification is a process that may only take a few days, or it may take a few weeks, depending on what substance you were abusing during your active addiction. Typically, if it’s medically safe and there are no other complications to take into account, a person taking drugs or drinking alcohol will stop ingesting the substance completely during their stay at Elevations Health Austin Medical Detox Program. Once a person stops ingesting substances they usually begin to experience withdrawal symptoms, anywhere from 24 to 48 hours after their last time of usage.
The withdrawal symptoms that a person suffers will depend entirely on how much of the drug or how much alcohol is in their body and how long the substance had been abused for. It also varies depending on the type of drug that the person was using.
Different substances create different withdrawal symptoms. Some of the symptoms are rather benign, while others, such as the withdrawal symptoms from alcohol and benzodiazepines, can be life threatening. For drugs where the withdrawal symptoms can be potentially fatal, it is highly suggested that you do not attempt to get off of these substances on your own, but rather seek professional medical assistance, like the one offered at our Austin Medical Detox Program.
In general, even if the withdrawal symptoms are not life threatening, detoxification programs are typically safer than going through detox on your own outside a medical facility. This is because you will receive around-the-clock care, help and support for you withdrawal symptoms, and any other concerns you may have are also taken care of. If you have underlying medical conditions, those can be monitored, so you aren’t in any life-threatening danger during detoxification and with our assistance, you can also manage your cravings.
One of the major drawbacks to attempting to detox on your own is that often times the drawback to the substance, due to the cravings, is so overwhelming that a person with every intention of staying clean and sober can wind up using again because they are not equipped to deal with the cravings. At our Austin Medical Detox Program we can offer you the tools you need in order to overcome this early stage in the recovery process and move on to a lifelong journey of happiness and sobriety.
What Kinds of Detox Programs Are There?
Years ago the only sort of detox that was available for people who were attempting to quit drinking or using drugs was an extended hospital stay. Alcoholics and addicts would have to check themselves into their local hospital and when the detox process started they would be strapped to a bed, if delirium tremens set in, and they were offered little to no comfort for their pain.
This however is not the case today and there are now a variety of substance abuse detox programs available. There are still hospital-based programs, which are inpatient programs, but there are also outpatient programs, which seek to work with the recovering person’s schedule and allow them to maintain their daily obligations, while giving them the support they need in order to overcome their addiction.
Hospital- or Clinic-Based Programs
Addiction in any form requires treatment, since it is a disease. This is sometimes overlooked when people talk about addiction and it is forgotten that what a person with addiction is dealing with, is serious enough that it has been classified as a disease. As such, and like with other diseases, a person attempting to overcome and recover from their disease should seek professional medical help, because attempting to combat addiction or alcoholism on one’s own, usually results in failure and a relapse.
With a hospital-based or clinic-based program, the patients go through alcohol or drug detox at an inpatient facility. What this means is that each person is checked into the program or admitted into the hospital for the period of the detoxification program. Specialized units and medical care professionals work with the patients to support them through the detoxification process.
As you enter this kind of program, you have the hospital or clinical staff ready to help you at any time, day or night. The 24-hour care of this kind of program appeals to many, because it means you can manage your withdrawal and cravings in the presence of people who understand what you’re going through and who are able to help you manage those symptoms with medications and psychological counseling techniques.
It also means that for the time period in which you are going through the detox process you will be in an environment away from the environment that you used or drank in. For many people attempting to go through the detox process at home is just too overwhelming and they need to be able to go to a facility for a few days or a week in order to deal with their cravings. Plus it is nice to be taken care of when your body is detoxing drugs and alcohol from your system and going to an inpatient facility offers this.
Outpatient Detoxification Programs
Outpatient detox programs allow you to come and go as a patient who is a visitor. This is sometimes only an option for those with minor addictions; as an addiction becomes more severe, the withdrawal symptoms can become more dangerous and may require an inpatient detox program for monitoring. Supervised detox is normally recommended for anyone who suffers severe withdrawal, but those with minor withdrawal symptoms, who need someone to hold them accountable can benefit from outpatient detox.
It also allows the person attending to go home at night or continue to work, if they are capable of doing so. For a person who has familial obligations that they cannot get away from, outpatient detox is sometimes a good option, as it allows them to receive the support and care they need, while also letting them continue on with their life. Like stated above, if an addiction is severe enough then outpatient detox may not be the correct choice for you, regardless of your obligations, as it could be medically dangerous to detox at home or the cravings could become so severe that a relapse occurs.
Outpatient detoxification is not as fast as either rapid detoxification or inpatient detox because medications are only given when the patient is at the facility. There are certain medications that can be given on an outpatient basis for the patient to take at home, but this sometimes differs from the medications that are given to an inpatient client.
The detox process in an outpatient setting is usually between 7 to 14 days, which is longer than it is for inpatient or rapid detoxification, but if you believe that you can handle the cravings while you are in your normal environment, and your addiction or alcoholism has not progressed to severe levels, then outpatient detox may be a good choice for you.
Another kind of detox that can sometimes be used is called rapid detoxification. Normally, this is only used for opiate detoxification, because it can be potentially dangerous to a patient using other kinds of drugs or abusing alcohol. This is because alcohol and benzodiazepines have withdrawal symptoms that could be potentially lethal and so using this method to detox could lead to further complications.
With rapid detox, you are put under general anesthesia for several hours and go through withdrawal quickly during that time. Injections of medications are used to help you through withdrawal symptoms.
Patients with severe withdrawal issues may choose this program because it allows them to sleep through the discomfort associated with withdrawal. However, it’s possible that risks and complications can take place as general anesthesia does have its own set of risk involved above and beyond any complications caused by the withdrawal symptoms. In lieu of this medical teams are prepared to handle those risks and they will be standing by to help in any way that is necessary, but it is important to under the risks involved before opting for the rapid detoxification process.
Seeking a Medical Detox Program
If you think that you have a problem with drugs or alcohol and you believe that you need a medical detox program then call the professionals at Elevations Health Austin today, we refer out for detox. If you have any questions please call us at 866-200-3224