DRUG & ALCOHOL DETOX FOR SALT LAKE CITY
Detox treatment centers have helped many people from the Salt Lake City, UT area. They provide a safe and medically supervised way for those who wish to take the first step towards being clean and sober. Detoxification, or detox, gets rid of built-up toxins and cleanses the body. Prior to the 1970’s, public intoxication was just treated like a crime. However, times have changed and getting clean is now aided by the medical community.
It is important not to confuse detox with drug and/or alcohol rehabilitation. Detox by itself is not a full recovery and once it is completed, an inpatient or outpatient program needs to be the next step. Detox can vary from person to person based on the drug they abused. In most cases, the ‘cold turkey’ approach is unsafe and potentially fatal.
TYPES OF DRUG AND ALCOHOL DETOX
There are two types of detoxification treatments: medically supervised withdrawal and social detoxification. Addiction professionals might choose one or the other depending upon:
- The type of situation
- The kind of drug being abused
- Period of addiction
- Age of the patient
- Psychology of the patient
- The overall health of the patient
MEDICALLY SUPERVISED WITHDRAWAL
People who benefit most from medically supervised withdrawal include individuals addicted to:
- pain medications (prescription or pharmaceutical)
- barbiturates or sedatives
- opioids (heroin, OxyContin7, codeine)
Certain physician prescribed medicines can minimize really uncomfortable symptoms. This being said, people suffering from severe alcoholism, or who abuse a combination of drugs, usually need medical supervision.
Generally, medical centers utilize medicines to prevent serious side effects. For example, hallucinations, seizures, or other physical and mental issues people experience while attempting to stop ‘cold turkey’.
Medical supervision is highly suggested for any person who has ever been diagnosed with certain psychological disorders.
Social detox is for those who will likely only experience mild withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms are usually from drugs such as:
- occasional opioid use
- occasional alcohol use
This process of social detox helps clients with their cravings and withdrawal symptoms, without the use of medication. However, medical staff and counselors still monitor and manage the client’s health.
Social detoxification requires that clients live together in a “social” environment and aren’t separated in institutional rooms while they get clean. This will help them to prepare for a treatment program, where they’ll be working towards recovery in conjunction with a group of others.
Our team realizes that different drugs are responsible for different symptoms, which makes it important to take part in the right detox treatment. Withdrawal from stimulants (such as amphetamines, methamphetamine, cocaine, and Ritalin) is usually mild, and relies on emotional support from family and a therapist.
Sometimes, doctors suggest medicine to prevent stimulant psychosis, which can cause:
- suicidal thoughts
- suicide attempts
- paranoid psychosis
Depressants (for example, alcohol, barbiturates, and benzodiazepines) often need a steady reduction of the drug while also using medication to prevent harmful symptoms. These symptoms can be serious, such as:
- high blood pressure
- increased heart rate
Opiates (like heroin, morphine, codeine, and OxyContin7) can cause:
- runny nose
- quick pulse
- fast breathing
- bone and muscle sensitivity
TAKING THE FIRST STEP
Detox isn’t a substitute for a drug rehab program, but it is an important step in recovering. Medical facilities provide support through and after the process, as they know how easy it can be to relapse. When combined with rehab, detox treatment for substance abuse is a very successful first step. Recovery is possible with a thorough treatment plan. Our knowledgeable staff is available 24/7 to address questions about detox, rehab centers, and recovery plans, so call 385-327-7418 now!
We have helped those seeking treatment from the Salt Lake City, UT area for over 10 years. Our team of experts finds safe custom-created treatment plans for every patient. For any questions, or to speak with a specialist, call Better Help Addiction Care at 385-327-7418 immediately!