Drugs Requiring Medical Detox

in Detox
Published Aug 12, 2020
Adderall and Wellbutrin

Detox is usually required where there has been persistent substance use and dependence. The detox process can present a number of health risks, unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, and physiological cravings increasing the risk of complications and relapse. 

Drugs requiring medical detox

Due to the number of health risks associated with detox, it is generally not advised by medical professionals to attempt detox alone.

You can read more about the risks of home detox here.

It can be dangerous to suddenly stop taking certain drugs without tapering off and seeking medical intervention. This is particularly prevalent with alcohol detox, opioid detox, and benzodiazepine detox.


drugs requiring medical detox

Withdrawal symptoms and risks detoxing from these substances include:

  • Depression & suicidal ideation
  • Delirium Tremens
  • Seizures
  • Panic attacks
  • Relapse
  • Hallucinations
  • Digestive distress
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Medical complications, especially if the person has other health issues like breathing or heart problems


It is strongly advised by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to seek professional intervention, especially if the person has been using substances persistently, to ensure they overcome risks of home detox.

“For alcohol, sedative-hypnotic, and opioid withdrawal syndromes, hospitalization or some form of 24-hour medical care is generally the preferred setting for detoxification, based upon the principles of safety and humanitarian concerns.”

Medically-monitored detox centers are a crucial aspect of the recovery process. It ensures that the person is treated safely and reduces the risk of complications that might arise from the detox process. According to SAMHSA, almost 80 percent of professional detoxification use medication to ease withdrawal symptoms.

The medical detox process has three stages:

  1. Evaluation
  2. Stabilization
  3. Fostering patient readiness for entry into treatment


You can read more about medical detox in our blog, What is Medical Detox?

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