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Programs Recovery Center is a secure, clinically supervised facility that assists patients in taking their first step toward recovery. Detoxification, also called detox, is a procedure that cleanses drugs and other harmful substances from the body. Detox is an important part of the recovery process, but should not to be mistaken for rehabilitation treatment. Strategies for detox vary depending on which drug is being abused, and since quitting “cold turkey” is not suitable for all types of addiction, it is best if detox is supervised in a controlled, clinical environment. In truth, abruptly stopping drug or alcohol use is dangerous in many circumstances, so Detox Facilities Fresno uses safe and proven methods that treat each patient as unique individuals with different detox needs. To talk to a detox specialist, call Care Addiction Recovery Center at 559 761-1185 now!

Kinds of Detox

The two sorts of detox are medically supervised withdrawal and social detoxification. Health care professionals about which type of detox is appropriate depending on:

  • the type of substance being used
  • length of the addiction
  • age of the client
  • psychological state of the patient
  • physical health of the client
  • what environment the professionals think will be most useful to the patient

People who benefit the most from medically supervised withdrawal include people who are hooked on:

  • alcohol
  • pain medications (prescription or pharmaceutical)
  • barbiturates or sedatives
  • opioids (heroin, OxyContin7, codeine)

These drugs usually have very unpleasant, uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, which can be reduced by specific detox aids that can only be prescribed by a doctor. People who use drugs together with alcohol, or who are suffering from severe alcoholism, are advised to participate in medically supervised withdrawal. Patients undergoing medically supervised withdrawal can take advantage of medications that prevent health conditions due to withdrawal, like hallucinations, seizures, or other physical and mental issues addicts can experience when attempting to stop “cold turkey.” Also, any person who has ever experienced hallucinations or seizures, has a life-threatening sickness, or has been diagnosed with particular psychological illnesses will require medically supervised withdrawal in order to safely wean themselves from drugs and/or alcohol.

Social detoxification is more productive for addicts who are expected to only experience mild to moderate withdrawal symptoms, from using drugs like:

  • marijuana
  • cocaine
  • methamphetamine
  • occasional opioid use
  • occasional alcohol use

In this type of detox, patients are monitored by medical staff and counselors who oversee the patients’ well-being, and try to help them during their cravings of withdrawal without resorting to medications. During social detoxification, patients aren’t quarantined in institution-like rooms as they detox, but are urged to live together and socialize with other addicts in recovery. That way, they are prepared to live together and work alongside other addicts in recovery when they enter a rehabilitation program.

Care Addiction Recovery Center’s Methods

Alcohol Detox Centers understands that different kinds of drugs cause a variety of different withdrawal symptoms, making it crucial to take part in a detox program that takes this into account and is prepared to treat them. Depressants, including barbiturates, benzodiazepines, and alcohol, may cause:

  • hallucinations
  • tremors
  • seizures
  • increased blood pressure
  • higher heart rate
  • higher internal temperature

Stimulants (for example, amphetamines, methamphetamine, cocaine, and Ritalin) don’t generally require much more than emotional support from family members, friends, and therapists. Occasionally, though, an individual may develop stimulant psychosis, and may need medication to ward off:

  • suicidal feelings
  • suicide attempts
  • paranoia
  • psychosis

Withdrawal symptoms from opiates (including heroin, morphine, codeine, and OxyContin) range in scope from:

  • runny nose
  • sweating
  • nervousness
  • depression
  • rapid pulse
  • quickening breathing
  • bone pain
  • muscle sensitivity
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea

Taking the First Step

Although, in some cases, it is a vital first step, detox is ONLY a first step, and never meant to take the place of the rehabilitation process or rehab. Most facilities do not offer reinforcement after the detox treatment is complete; but California Detox Facilities knows how easy it is to relapse after getting clean and sober. Detox offered in combination with treatment for substance abuse makes Detoxification Treatment Center Fresno, CA a very effective first step. An addict’s best possible chance for complete recovery is to follow up detox by immediately starting a rehab program, like Drug Center Services. Call Care Addiction Recovery Center’s knowledgeable recovery specialists at 559-761-1185 for additional details about detox, rehab, and treatment, or detox and treatment locations.