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Detoxification is the first step in the journey to an addiction-free life. The Right Step drug and alcohol rehab center offers medically supervised detox for alcohol and drug abusers. Substance abuse clients who detox at The Right Step are supported by experienced medical professionals.

Why Is Medical Detox Important?

When someone is addicted to a drug, they often become physically dependent on that drug. Physical dependency means that when they stop taking the drug, they have withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms range in type and severity. Some drugs cause mild symptoms, such as agitation or irritation. Others can cause serious symptoms, like severe dehydration and seizures. Medical detox increases the chances of a successful recovery.

When medical detox is required for a drug, it’s because physical dependency changes brain or body function. These changes mean an addict relies on the drug to function normally. If they stop taking it, they may risk serious side effects.

If an addict is at risk of serious withdrawal symptoms, medical supervision can help them detox in safety.

What Drugs Need Supervised Detox?

Not all drug addictions require medical detox in a drug rehab center.

The drugs that are most likely to need medically supervised detox include:

  • Alcohol: Long-term or heavy alcohol abuse changes brain chemistry to the extent that alcohol withdrawal may cause serious seizures.
  • Benzodiazepines: Withdrawal typically isn’t physically dangerous but it can cause mental health symptoms. These include:
    • Insomnia
    • Anxiety
    • Panic
    • Depression

In medical detox, benzo addicts decrease their dose over time to reduce withdrawal symptoms.

  • Heroin: A heroin addict in withdrawal may have repeated bouts of vomiting and diarrhea. They risk severe dehydration that can result in heart failure.
  • Prescription opioids: The risk of dehydration exists, and cravings may lead an opioid addict to relapse.

Not every addict needs medical detox. But for most, it’s the safest way to complete withdrawal.

Even when unsupervised withdrawal is safe, medical supervision can still be useful. When you’re supervised during detox, you’re much less likely to relapse. Medical professionals can also prescribe medications that reduce cravings and other symptoms.

Inpatient Detox at The Right Step

The Right Step offers a comfortable, home-like setting that can help make detox smoother. Our onsite medical team provides expert inpatient detox services. These include round-the-clock monitoring and modern, evidence-based medications to help relieve withdrawal symptoms.

Supporting Drug and Alcohol Detox with Medication

Several different drugs can be used in medical detox. They’re used to help people undergoing heroin or alcohol withdrawal. After detox, they can help you stay sober.

  • Methadone helps heroin and opioid addicts maintain long-term sobriety. It can also ease withdrawal symptoms.
  • Buprenorphine relieves opioid cravings and can reduce alcohol cravings too.
  • Naltrexone reduces opioid and alcohol cravings and can reduce the risk of relapse.
  • Benzodiazepines are sometimes used to help ease withdrawal for alcohol addicts. Because benzos can be addictive, they are used sparingly.

After Detox

After completing drug and alcohol detox, your treatment team plans your next level of care. When possible, drug rehab treatment starts during this phase. Depending on your needs, this may involve individual or group therapy, or completing assignments and tasks to help you on your journey.

The Right Step offers both inpatient and outpatient drug and alcohol treatment programs. We also offer support for co-occurring disorders. This helps us give each client the level of care that’s best for them. After completing medical detox, clients can start a recovery program that:

  • Highlights core issues that lead to addiction
  • Includes evidence-based treatments
  • Emphasizes physical and mental health
  • Includes a focus on family
  • Provides support for long-term relapse prevention

Start Your Detox on the Right Foot

At The Right Step, we know that both addiction and recovery can be difficult. Many of our staff have had their own personal battles with alcohol and drug abuse and overcome them. Along with an expert level of care, they bring compassion and understanding for clients in detox and recovery.

If you think you might benefit from a medical drug and alcohol detox, call The Right Step at 844-877-1781. We’re ready to help you start your journey to recovery.

Posted on August 26, 2015
Last modified on April 26th, 2019

Editorial Staff

Written by

Editorial Staff

Krisi Herron

Medically Reviewed by

Krisi Herron, LCDC

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