Drug addiction can devastate a person’s life and the lives of everyone involved. Trying to quit on your own has not worked and now it is time to seek the help of a drug detox facility. Choosing from all the different drug detox methods can be confusing. How do you know which is the best method for drug addiction detox?
Addressing Withdrawal in Drug Addiction
One of the biggest set-backs and blocks to quitting drug addiction on your own is withdrawal symptoms. Whether you quit “cold turkey” or try tapering off – the side effects of withdrawal will usually begin within a few hours after the last time you stopped using the substance. Depending on the severity of drug abuse, withdrawal symptoms can range from mild to very painful. Moreover, the type of withdrawal symptoms will depend on the type of drug abuse. For example the primary side effects for withdrawal from opiates include constipation, flu-like symptoms and restless arms and legs. On the other hand, withdrawal from Benzodiazepines, add to the previous symptoms severe migraine headaches and nightmares. Further still stimulant withdrawal such as with Adderall and Ritalin may include nausea, insomnia and abdominal pain and all of them get the usual psychological side effects of anxiety, depression and mood swings.
Investigating the Options for Drug Detox
There are several different options for drug detox but basically they come down to just a few particulars: medical or non-medical and outpatient or inpatient.
Non-medical drug detox
A non-medical drug detox will rely on holistic means to off-set the drug withdrawal symptoms you will exhibit once you stop the substance abuse. This often includes the use of acupuncture, massage, vitamin therapy and yoga. It is important to understand that while these methods work for some people, they do not work for everyone.
Medical Outpatient Detox
There are some outpatient medical detox programs available; however most of these programs are designed to help people detox from opiates. Although they allow you to continue your daily routine and responsibilities, there is not a lot of medical supervision and the majority of people who begin these programs never stop taking the medication.
Inpatient Medical Detox
An inpatient medical detox program will allow you to step away from everyday life and rest while you are going through the detox process. This can happen in a government funded detox facility, traditional hospital setting or a private detox center. The primary different in the methods used in an inpatient drug detox is the type of medication used: oral medication or IV therapy. Traditionally oral medication has been used during the drug detox process. The biggest drawback of oral medication is that it takes longer for the body to process which means that you will have to endure the withdrawal symptoms until the medication can offer relief. Most doctors consider IV therapy as the best method for drug detox because it has an immediate effect on withdrawal symptoms and allows the patient to rest comfortably throughout the detox process. Would you like to know more about IV therapy medical drug detox? Call Gallus Detox Center today, at 855-338-6929, to learn about our facility and method for drug detox.