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Medical Detox

 

Medical detox is a safe and systematic process that, usually under the care and supervision of a physician and health care team, withdraws people from the grips of drugs and alcohol. Over time, the use of things like alcohol and prescription or street drugs can cause a physical dependence, and stopping their use can result in severe withdrawal symptoms. The medical detoxification processes is designed to treat the immediate physical effects of quitting the use of these drugs and alcohol, as well as removing the toxins and chemicals that remain in your body as you purge the last of those substances from your system. In and around Montana, you have several options in medical drug detox to choose from.

The drug and alcohol statistics in Montana are changing–and not for the better. According to sources like the National Substance Abuse Index, there are roughly 82 painkiller prescriptions for every 100 Montanans. It’s a frightening trend, especially when the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Centers for Disease Control report that alcohol and painkiller related deaths have quadrupled in parts of Montana since 1999.

Detoxification is only one part of the often complicated recovery and rehabilitation procedure, and can take several different forms. Here’s a look at some of your options when it comes to this essential element in the rehab process.

Inpatient Medical Detox

Patients with a long-term history of drug and alcohol use will often find inpatient medical detoxification to be the best course of action to get (and stay) sober. This method also works best for those suffering from a dual diagnosis—that is, a substance abuse disorder as well as a mental health issue or mood disorder—or those patients who present with a significant health concern along with their addiction.

Taking place inside a residential treatment center or hospital facility, inpatient medical detox centers in Montana are completely supervised, live-in detoxification programs where physicians and qualified medical staff are on hand at all times.

Ideal for patients who will have the most severe withdrawal symptoms, as well as those who are at the highest risk in terms of health and safety, this type of 24-hour supervised medical detoxification includes a slow taper off of drugs and alcohol, combined with the gradual administration of a replacement medication in decreasing doses until the person can be completely removed from all substances. These inpatient detox facilities also provide counseling and support in many other ways as a patient enters the next stages of recovery.

Outpatient Medical Detox

For those patients with a less lengthily history of addiction, those whose addiction hasn’t reached the same level of severity, or those who are more physically capable of handling the reality of withdrawal symptoms and aftercare, outpatient medical drug detoxification can be a safe, reliable, and effective approach to beginning the rehab and recovery process. In Montana, there are several FDA-approved outpatient detox and rehab programs to choose from. Traditionally, a course of outpatient detox system takes between one and three weeks to complete.

 

For those patients with an intense opiate addiction—and most specifically those struggling with the realities of a methamphetamine addiction—methadone detox is a slower taper alternative system that can often be helpful. Usually taking place over the course of about three to four weeks, and often requiring more than one cycle of treatment, methadone does have an uncomfortable withdrawal period that includes uncomfortable and often serious side effects.

 

 

Rapid Medical Detox

 

During rapid detoxification, the painful, serious, and difficult process of drug withdrawals occur while a person is under the same kind of deep sleep and anesthesia used for general surgery.

 

While the patient is under the effects of the anesthetic, a highly trained physician administers IV injections of specialized opiate blockers. These medications, in conjunction with other medicines like anti-nausea injections, muscle relaxers, fever reducers and others specifically chosen for the patient, can achieve detoxification over the course of two to eight hours. Rapid detox takes place in the intensive care unit of a hospital, under the trained and watchful eye of a highly qualified medical team. Patients are usually discharged a couple of days later.

 

It’s essential to note that rapid medical detoxification should never be attempted by anyone other than an experienced medical doctor, within an actual hospital setting. Attempting this kind of detoxification anywhere else is literally putting your life in danger.

 

Don’t let addiction take over your life. Contact an addiction specialist to learn how you can get help and turn your life around.