Withdrawal from substance abuse addiction can be challenging. The safest and most effective treatment starts with a supervised detoxification program (“medical detox”). Once admitted to a medical detox program, your treatment will be tailored to your specific needs and careful monitored by expert medical staff to ensure your safety, to minimize discomfort and to maintain your health and well-being throughout. Following medical detox, our team is there to support and guide you in choosing suitable follow-up therapeutic programs that will optimize your chances of sustained recovery.
If you or a loved one needs access to medical detox, call Alcohol Treatment Centers Hoboken at (201) 620-9144.
Addiction to substance abuse means that you have become physically and/or psychologically dependent on drugs or alcohol. A medically supervised detox program will ensure that the cycle of dependency is broken in carefully monitored stages that give your body sufficient time to adjust safely. Sudden, unsupervised detox can be harmful.
Medical detoxification requires admission to the rehabilitation center as a resident, typically for up to a month. During this time you will follow a carefully structured program to free you from dependency without causing harm. Our medical team will attend to your physical and mental welfare throughout the process of withdrawal. A doctor may also prescribe medicine to support your recovery.
Unsupervised detox (quitting “cold turkey”) is not only difficult but potentially dangerous. The symptoms of withdrawal can be severe and frightening if they are not expertly managed. Without medical help on hand, most people find the psychical and psychological challenges of the withdrawal process too painful to endure, leading to relapse.
Withdrawal symptoms are unpleasant and sometimes dangerous reactions a person suffers when they stop taking a drug on which they have become physically dependent. They can range from mild to life-threatening. Here are some of the withdrawal symptoms associated with commonly abused substances.
Agitation, fever, mental confusion, sweating, hallucinations and seizures.
Anxiety, insomnia, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting.
Fever, severe tremor, nausea and vomiting, hypertension, arrhythmia, respiratory failure.
By supporting you through a carefully managed and slow withdrawal, our medical staff can minimize the negative effects of coming off drugs. They can monitor your physical and psychological well-being and take immediate action to maintain or restore health when necessary. As part of this treatment, we also may administer medications which alleviate the symptoms of withdrawal. Some common medicines are:
Methadone is used to treat heroin addiction. It reduces the physical effects of withdrawal without getting you “high.”
Neurontin helps to prevent and control seizures. It is also used to relieve the pain sometimes associated with withdrawal.
Bupropion is an antidepressant which helps maintain mental health during withdrawal and can also significantly reduce cravings.
There are many other medications that can be administered by trained and knowledgeable staff to ensure a safe and pain-free withdrawal from drug addiction.
Undergoing the medical detoxification program is only the first part of your treatment. Treatment Centers will follow up with a program of therapeutic support made in consultation with you which is carefully designed to maximize your success in the long term. A range of psychotherapies, group support and family programs are typically offered as well. You also might wish to continue to attend the clinic a few times a week as an outpatient until you are “back on your own two feet.”