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Posted: November 4, 2014 by in Better Services Rehab Program

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Our detox facility is a safe, medically supervised facility that assists patients in taking their first step toward living a sober life. Detoxification, often known as detox, is the systematic process of cleansing drugs and harmful substances from the body. Detox on its own doesn’t replace rehabilitation. The detox process might initially be intimidating for addicts who have tried the “cold turkey” approach before. People who have been abusing for many years will also be apprehensive, but it really isn’t that frightening. For over a decade, we have been helping men and women in the Salem, OR area overcome addiction to drugs and alcohol. Our detox center utilizes safe and medically-proven methods and afterward provides a custom-created recovery process for each patient. Call us today at 503-470-4900 as soon as possible.

Varieties of Detox

Medically supervised withdrawal and social detoxification are the two widely-used types of detox utilized in most detox facilities. Detox specialists may choose medically supervised withdrawal or social detoxification depending on:

  • the type of substance being abused
  • duration of substance abuse
  • age of the patient
  • the psychological state of the patient
  • physical health of the patient
  • the environment that specialists believe will be beneficial to the patient

Medically supervised withdrawal is usually used for patients who have been hooked on:

  • alcohol
  • pain medications (prescription or pharmaceutical)
  • barbiturates or downers
  • opiates (heroin, OxyContin7, codeine)

These substances generally have very painful withdrawal symptoms.  Many times, these can be lessened with specific detox aids. These detox medications can only be prescribed by professionals. People who use drugs alongside alcohol, or patients affected by severe alcoholism, will also be recommended to undergo medically supervised withdrawal. Medically supervised withdrawal centers use medication to avoid health complications associated with withdrawal, such as hallucinations and seizures. This treatment also prevents other physical and mental problems that occur from withdrawing suddenly from alcohol and other drugs. Medically supervised withdrawal is strongly suggested for any person who has ever experienced hallucinations or seizures in the past. Patients suffering from a serious illness or diagnosed with particular psychological illnesses should also use medically supervised withdrawal.

Social detoxification is much better suited for people who have less severe drug abuse problems. Their drug detox will only result in moderate withdrawal symptoms for substances like:

  • marijuana
  • cocaine
  • methamphetamine
  • occasional opiate use
  • occasional alcohol abuse

This detox method supervises patients and tries to help them battle their cravings of withdrawal without using the medicine. During social detoxification observed by medical staff and therapists who monitor the patients’ health, patients aren’t separated into hospital-like rooms while they detox. Instead, they are advised to live alongside and socialize with other addicts in recovery also. This will help addicts prepare for more strenuous stages of the rehabilitation program where they’ll be working toward long-term sobriety alongside a group of recovering addicts.

Our Rehab Program’s Techniques

We have programs that provide detox with the holistic understanding that different kinds of substances are responsible for a wide range of withdrawal symptoms. Depressants, like barbiturates, benzodiazepines and alcohol, can cause:

  • hallucinations
  • tremors
  • seizures
  • increased hypertension
  • increased heart rate
  • higher internal temperature

Withdrawal from stimulants (such as amphetamines, methamphetamine, cocaine, and Ritalin) are usually less dangerous. The treatment center recommends emotional support from family, friends and therapists as essential to the detox. Sometimes, psychiatrists recommend medicine to avoid stimulant-induced neurosis which can cause:

  • suicidal tendencies
  • suicide attempts
  • paranoia
  • psychosis

Opiates, like heroin, morphine, codeine, and OxyContin, can cause withdrawal symptoms that range from minor to severe, such as: 

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

Taking the First Step

For many addicts, detox is a vital first step toward recovering from drug addiction. However, it’s JUST the first step and doesn’t replace the entire rehab program. Although many detox facilities don’t offer after-care support that follows up from detox, our treatment center understands how easy it is to relapse after detox when the addict doesn’t begin rehabilitation right away. Detox, along with rehab, makes treatment detox an extremely effective first step. Total recovery is within reach and people are much more successful when detox is utilized with drug and alcohol rehab in our treatment facilities. If you or someone you love is in the Salem. OR area and need detox call us at  503-470-4900.

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