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Drug Detox Program

What Are Drug Detox Programs?

Drug detox programs are used to help a person rid their minds and body of drugs. Detoxification is the first step in the treatment process, and this is because, in order for a person to move on to a long-term treatment center, where they will be introduced to the ideas of recovery, they must first have a mind and body that is free from substances of any kind.

At Elevations Health Austin Drug Detox Program, we can help you to make it through this often-difficult first stage of recovery and give you the tools you need in order to find a happy and successful life in recovery.

What Are The Different Kinds of Detoxes?

Not that long ago, programs like Elevations Health Austin Drug Detox Program did not exist. Drug addicts were resigned to detoxing in a hospital or psychiatric ward setting and they were offered little to no comfort for their pain. This, however, is not the case today and there are now many different options when it comes to the detox process. Some of these options are rapid detox, medically assisted detox, tapering methods, inpatient detox, outpatient detox, and natural detox.

The kind of detox you decide to participate in will vary depending on the drugs you have in your system, a number of drugs that you were taking, your current physical and mental health, and how long you were abusing drugs for.

While the detox process is usually never fun, withdrawal symptoms from certain substances, such as benzodiazepines, can be fatal, and as such the options available to a person addicted to this substance will be limited. This is because the medical precautions that must be taken in order to ensure that complications do not arise can only be achieved through certain forms of detox.

Inpatient Detox

Inpatient detoxification takes place at a clinic or hospital where trained medical professionals monitor your detox. You may be medicated to help you deal with withdrawal symptoms if necessary, but the regardless, inpatient detox means that the person stays at the facility for the duration of the detox process. This is one of the more common forms of detox treatment and it offers the structure and safety that many need in order to detox successfully.

Outpatient Detox

Outpatient detox takes place at a clinic or facility, but you don’t have to stay there after each treatment. Instead, this gives you the flexibility to work a job or take care of responsibilities at home. You may need to go to the clinic for several hours a day or for only a few days a week until your detoxification is complete. This form of detox is usually for people who do not have severe addiction issues, or who have obligations that must be met. It can be difficult to stay sober while still in your home environment, but with the support of Elevations Health Austin Drug Detox Program, it is possible to do so.

Natural Detox

Natural detox isn’t always an option as certain substances have withdrawal symptoms that are too dangerous for this form of detox, but for some it is a viable option. Natural detox involves detoxing without using any medications to assist with withdrawal. Natural detox is sometimes performed with tapering, and other times, a patient simply stops taking a substance and goes through withdrawal without medications. Psychotherapy may be used in the place of medication, as well as things like massage, acupuncture, and other alternative and holistic treatments.

Medically-Assisted Detox

Medically-assisted detox is another kind of detox. This is the most common form, and it is offered at Elevations Health Austin Drug Detox Program. Medically-assisted detox is when a patient is treated with medications to soothe the withdrawal symptoms. With medically-assisted detox, patients are able to get through detox with few severe side effects; if they do find they’re suffering moderate or severe withdrawal complications, the hospital staff or medical care team will be able to address those complications and treat the patient appropriately.

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Rapid Detox

Rapid detoxification is mostly used for those who have an addiction to opiates. Opiate withdrawal is generally not fatal or life threatening, so using rapid detox is fairly safe for patients.

With rapid detox, patients are put to sleep under general anesthesia for around four to eight hours. Injections of medications that help with upset stomachs, seizures, and other withdrawal symptoms are given and the patient is monitored. Once the worst of the withdrawal is over, the patient wakes up, having not suffered the symptoms of withdrawal while awake.

In most cases, it’s patients who have a severe addiction who will benefit most from this process as it allows them to sleep through the pain and cravings of severe withdrawals, while a medical team can easily monitor the patient for problems associated with withdrawing from high doses of opiates.

However, general anesthesia does come with its own risks and complications and so it is important to understand this before choosing rapid detox as a detoxification process.

Tapering

Tapering is another kind of detox that can be used in some cases. It’s most commonly used when a person is addicted to prescription medications, and medical doctors employ it all of the time. Tapering works by slowly reducing the amount of the medication being taken each day until the risk of withdrawal is as low as possible. At that point, the patient stops the drug, and any cravings or withdrawal symptoms are monitored by the facility. Generally speaking, tapering programs can be performed on an outpatient basis, with patients receiving a dose of medication each day at the detoxification clinic or at home with the use of a prescription from a local pharmacy.

Should I Be Hospitalized?

Hospitalization is not always necessary when it comes to the detox process. Some people choose to be hospitalized because they are either abusing substances whose withdrawal symptoms are dangerous or because they know that they will be unable to stay sober within their day-to-day environment.

For others though, being hospitalized is not feasible and that that is where outpatient programs come in. They are specifically designed to help those who don’t have the time to be in an inpatient facility and who believe they can manage the detox process without the need for an extended stay somewhere.

Finding the Right Drug Detox Program For You

If you find that you cannot stop using drugs when you want to, or that once you start using you have an obsession to continue, then you may have a problem with drug addiction. As frightening as it is to admit this to yourself, it is the first step in recovery and us here at Elevations Health Austin know exactly how you feel. So give us a call today at, 1-866-200-3224, and let us help you on your way to a drug-free life.