Detoxing at Home Can Be Dangerous
Some individuals who do not feel they can enter an inpatient treatment program try to detox at home. However, the home environment does not provide the medical supervision that is sometimes necessary. Withdrawal can cause seizures, stroke or heart rate irregularities. These effects can be deadly. The supervision and medical assistance of rehab detox Florida can prevent these problems and ensure that the patient detoxes safely.
At rehab detox Florida programs, medications are given to the patient and they are under constant medical supervision during the duration of the detox process. Afterwards, further treatment in a residential facility is highly recommended.
Types of Detox Programs
Detox programs may be medically assisted or non-medically assisted. Patients are carefully monitored to ensure their safety in case of severe reactions.
- Medicated detox – A process of administering medications during withdrawal and detox to manage the symptoms of withdrawal.
- Inpatient detox – The process of detox and withdrawal is monitored by certified medical staff in a drug treatment center or hospital.
- Outpatient detox – Outpatient detox usually consists of administering replacement drugs to be used in cases of chronic drug detoxing over a prolonged period of time. Especially those detoxing from heroin or other opiate-based drugs where the entire process may take up to 2 years. Drugs used as replacements in these instances are methadone, Naltrexone, and Suboxone. Medications may also be given that inhibit drug use. An example is Antabuse, which causes flu-like symptoms if alcohol is consumed while taking the medication.
Residential treatment following detox is recommended to reduce the likelihood of relapse. In many circumstances, symptoms that appear relatively minor, such as nausea and vomiting can lead to life-threatening medical emergencies. This is why treatment in a detox or residential center is always best. Signs and symptoms of withdrawal happen predominantly in the central nervous system. Alcohol detox can be a dangerous process, as some of the symptoms can cause serious health complications that require medical treatment.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.