Detox is shorthand for detoxification, a process that occurs when you stop using drugs or alcohol and go through withdrawal as the substance(s) you have consumed leave your system. While any form of substance withdrawal can cause serious discomfort, withdrawal from two substances in particular — alcohol and benzodiazepine tranquilizers — can produce life-threatening complications. For this reason, you should medically detox under proper supervision instead of attempting to detox on your own.
When a teenage or young adult child has a problem with alcohol or drugs, it can cause parents to experience anger, fear and disappointment. Dealing with an addiction problem for any member of the family can be confusing and overwhelming, but when the addict is your child, it may feel even more so. It’s important to realize that wishing your child didn’t have an addiction problem won’t make the problem go away.
The Best Alcohol and Drug Treatment Centers Offer Individualized Programs
When you or a loved one are dependent on alcohol or drugs and want to find help, the question everyone asks, of course, is “where should I go?”
George Joseph would certainly recommend The Right Step. After all, he’s the founder and COO of the Texas-based drug and alcohol treatment center company, which has led (literally) thousands of addicts into recovery – and into healthy, productive lives.
But Joseph is also a flag-bearer for the camp that recognizes that drug and alcohol addiction treatment is a very personal issue, with many unique facets. Above all else, Joseph recommends finding a facility that best addresses the individual needs of each person seeking help.
Joseph was a blogger on www.DoctorOz.com, the website for noted physician and television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz (Dr. Oz, for short). He outlined the various types of addiction treatment options that quality facilities generally offer. Here are some highlights:
If you or a loved one is in need of drug and alcohol treatment, the wide range of facilities and levels of service can be overwhelming–multiple providers, varying philosophies, different treatment modalities, pricing differences, insurance and more. Where do you look for help? And how do you choose the best option?
A quick Internet search will lead you to a myriad of treatment providers. The good news is that virtually all these providers have web sites equipped with helpful self-assessment tools and contact information to speak with knowledgeable professionals.
If this isn’t the first time you’ve considered helping a loved one treat an addiction problem, odds are good that you’ve seen information on the Internet about attempting to go through alcohol detoxification without the supervision of a doctor. While it is true that some people are able to go through the process safely, we cannot stress enough that alcohol detoxification can be deadly without medical supervision, and a trip to the ER may not be fast enough to save a life if something goes wrong. Here are some of the risks taken those who attempt alcohol withdrawal without medical help:
– Hallucinations leading to injuries or accidents
– Lethal dehydration
– Heart attack
Doc Talk: All About Detoxification
By: Dr. Jason Powers
Title: Chief Medical Officer, The Right Step and Spirit Lodge
Info: Among the first doctors certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). H Magazine Texas’ “Top Doc” in Addiction Medicine, 2007-2009. 2008 winner of Sierra Tucson’s Gratitude for Giving, Compassion Award.
Dr. Powers, The Right Step Chief Medical Officer, has worked in addiction recovery for eight years and has helped The Right Step’s inpatient detoxification program reach out to, and reform, hundreds of addicts over the years. We asked him to share some information on detoxification for addiction victims and their loved ones.
The decision to end an addiction is a life-changing one and, the easier that process is, the sooner patients will be able to move forward with the process of healing. The Right Step offers both inpatient and outpatient medically supervised detoxification programs. Our experienced staff specializes in the detoxification and treatment of alcohol addiction, benzodiazepine addiction, opiates, prescription medication, and the complexities of poly-substance dependence.
The basic process for our medically supervised detox programs is:
Patients are evaluated by our chemical dependency professionals who determine the patients’ needs, such as whether they require inpatient care or whether they can stay at home and go through our outpatient program. Our staff also discovers if a patient suffers from additional co-morbidities such as depression, anxiety, bipolar, chronic pain issues, or other risk factors so that we may treat all simultaneously for the best outcomes.
I recently read two very interesting articles profiling Pharma companies in the growing world of pain medication derived from Opioid’s. The first article, “Painful Medicine”, was in Fortune magazine. The second was done by the Associated Press.
What is an Opioid or Opiate? It’s a broad category of drugs that are best known as painkillers. These are naturally derived from the poppy plant and include opium, codeine, and morphine or are synthetic and semi-synthetics variants of those molecules: Hydrocodone and Oxycodone are the most abused opiates.