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Treating addiction safely: How to detox the right way

treating addiction safely - how to detox the right way - what is medical detox

Opioid addiction is a growing epidemic that affects millions of Americans each year. In the US, drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death, and opioid addiction plays a big part in this staggering statistic. In 2015 alone, over 30,000 people overdosed on prescription painkillers or heroin, with numbers rising every year. Preliminary data suggests that anywhere from 59,000 to 65,000 Americans died of a drug overdose in 2016.

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Addiction is a complex disease that affects not only the person addicted, but their support system of friends, family, and loved ones as well. Overcoming opioid addiction is possible! There are a few treatment options for opioid dependence, including medication assisted treatment which is available at TTHI Counseling Center.

What is medical detoxification?

In the case of opioids, benzodiazepine drugs, and prescription pain relievers containing opiates, medical detox begins with stopping the use of these substances before beginning treatment. However, detoxification is just the first step in addiction recovery. Medication assisted treatment combines medicine designed to minimize cravings, such as Vivitrol and Suboxone, and therapy. Counseling and behavioral therapy is an important part of medication assisted treatment. Therapy can address any underlying issues that might be contributing to addiction and can provide coping skills and improve problem-solving. Through behavioral therapy, you’ll be able to learn how to become a successful member of society again.

What are the side effects of detoxing from opioids?

So, what happens when you detox from opioids? There are several physical and psychological effects of withdrawal that can range from mild to severe, and even life threatening under some circumstances. Symptoms of withdrawal can include shaky hands, sweating, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, headaches, insomnia, and the urge to use drugs or alcohol. You might also experience diarrhea, dehydration, chills, cramps, depression, watery eyes, runny nose, and cravings. In the most severe cases, benzodiazepine withdrawal can cause seizures.

Why is it important to detox in a medical setting?

Withdrawal from addictive substances can be difficult and life threatening, particularly when it comes to opioids, benzodiazepine drugs (benzos), prescription pain relievers containing opiates, and alcohol. This withdrawal risk is why it’s necessary for individuals who are addicted to these substances to receive treatment in a residential care setting where 24/7 monitoring and a variety of treatment methods and therapy is available. Because withdrawal symptoms can be life threatening, it’s important that individuals never attempt to detox on their own.

What should I do if I or someone I love needs medical detox?

If you are ready to choose recovery, medication assisted treatment with Vivitrol and Suboxone, combined with behavioral therapy, is available at TTHI Counseling Center in Kissimmee, St. Cloud, and Longwood, Florida. Our counseling center in Chattanooga also offers medication assisted treatment with Vivitrol, combined with behavioral therapy.

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