What is Medical Detoxification?
Medical detoxification, the process of removing hard drugs and alcohol from your body at the beginning of recovery, is absolutely critical to a healthy and successful recovery from addiction. While successful medical detoxing is key to moving forward with recovery, some drugs are more difficult to detox from than others. In fact, certain drugs can even be dangerous to stop using. For that reason, we never recommend that you detox at home, but instead under medical supervision.
Keeping Healthy While Detoxing
Detoxing is important because some drugs are so powerful that, by simply ending your use of them, you can do serious harm to your body. The four drugs that stand out from the rest of the pack are heroin, alcohol, benzodiazepines, and methamphetamine. While each of these four drugs is different in how it affects your body, all of them can cause some serious health problems during use and after detox.
4 Drugs that Require Medical Detoxification
As an opiate, heroin belongs to the same family of drugs as prescription painkillers like Vicodin, OxyContin, and Percocet as well as morphine and opium. Heroin detox can be dangerous and, in rare cases, even life-threatening. Symptoms of heroin withdrawal include:
- Aches, pains, soreness
- Fever symptoms
- Anxiety, irritability, depression
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
While alcohol is the most commonly abused drug, it’s also one of the most dangerous during withdrawal and detox. The alcohol withdrawal timeline includes symptoms like cause serious seizures which can actually be deadly depending on the person’s former drinking habits. In addition, heavy drinkers can also experience “delirium tremens,” a horrible condition that causes hallucinations, disorientation, and other changes in mental activity.
Also known as “benzos,” benzodiazepines, Valium, Xanax, and Ativan, are often prescribed for anxiety. Those who abuse benzodiazepines are usually slowly weaned off the drugs at a benzo detox center to avoid serious medical complications. Going off benzodiazepines drugs cold turkey can cause delirium, psychosis, and repeated suicidal thoughts.
Methamphetamine is a nervous system stimulant that gives people a sense of energy and euphoria. However, when you stop taking methamphetamine suddenly, it can cause your body to go into crisis. That’s why it is imperative to have the help of a reputable meth detox program. Methamphetamine abusers may experience lesser symptoms like insomnia or irritability, or more drastic ones like psychosis, delirium, and hallucinations.
Stay Healthy, Start Recovery Off Right
Long-term drug abuse can cause serious damage to your internal organs, which makes detoxing even more important. If you want to recover from drug addiction, one of the most important things you can do is to stay healthy. Medical detox gets your recovery off to a good start and guides you through the most dangerous part of the recovery process. Call Serenity House Detox at 866-294-5306 to get started today.