Detox is a vital first step in addiction recovery. The objective of the detoxification process is to remove drugs and toxins from the body. However, it is very important to consider the difference between detox and treatment. Detox by itself is not actual treatment. Detox requirements differ from person to person, and most of the time, the ‘cold turkey’ approach is unsafe. Although some might find the possibility of detox frightening, we take every precaution to ensure that the process is safe and suitable for every client. If you are in the Memphis, TN area, contact us to speak with a knowledgeable detox expert. Call 901-403-7925 as soon as possible!

Types of Detox

Medically supervised withdrawal and social withdrawal are the two types of detox that rehab centers use most often. Addiction experts may select the setting most helpful to the client, depending upon the following circumstances:

  • type of substance
  • length of addiction
  • age of patient
  • mental state of patient
  • physical health of patient

Medically supervised withdrawal is typically recommended for those that have been addicted to these substances:

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

These drugs generally have very painful withdrawal symptoms.  Medicines known as detox aids can minimize the withdrawal symptoms. Additionally, those who suffer from severe alcohol use disorder often need medically supervised withdrawal. Some withdrawal symptoms that medical detox mitigates includes hallucinations, seizures, or other physical and mental problems addicts can experience when attempting to stop ‘cold turkey’. Medically supervised withdrawal is urgently required for any person who has ever experienced hallucinations or seizures, has been diagnosed with certain mental illnesses or has a life-threatening condition.

Social detoxification is far better suited for people whose drug use will only result in mild withdrawal symptoms, including these substances:

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

The social detoxification approach attempts to assist clients during their cravings and withdrawal without medicine, but the procedure is nonetheless supervised by nurses and counselors that manage the clients’ health. Social detoxification is a social experience; meaning clients are not quarantined in institution-like rooms, but instead are living with each other while they detox. This style of detox prepares people for a treatment program in which they will be living together and working alongside other addicts in recovery.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Different drugs result in numerous withdrawal symptoms, which is the reason why we offer so many detox procedures. Depressants, like barbiturates, benzodiazepines, and alcohol, can lead to these types of symptoms:

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

Withdrawal from stimulants (such as methamphetamine, cocaine, and amphetamine) is usually uncomplicated. Emotional support from family members, friends, and counselors is essential. When appropriate, doctors suggest medication to prevent stimulant psychosis, which can result in these symptoms:

  • suicidal thoughts
  • suicide attempts
  • paranoid psychosis

Opioids (for example, heroin, morphine, codeine, and oxycodone) may have very minor to extremely dangerous withdrawal symptoms, such as these symptoms:

  • runny nose
  • sweating
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • quickening pulse
  • quickening breathing
  • bone pain
  • muscle pain
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea

Take the First Step

Detox isn’t meant to replace a treatment plan, but it can be an essential first step towards recovering from addiction. A person’s best chance for complete recovery is to follow up detox with beginning a treatment program. If you have any questions or concerns about detoxing please don’t hesitate to call us at 901-403-7925 today.