No addiction treatment program can ever really succeed completely without having the individual undergo a comprehensive detoxification program. However, it is quite understandable why people may seem confused about a medically managed detox Alaska program versus a social model detox or even a naturally assisted detox.
Detoxification involves the removal of the drug or substance from the body either by helping the body get rid of the substances naturally or the use of medications to help minimize the effects of withdrawal symptoms during the detox treatment, or even both. Medically managed detox programs are always done with the aid of medications to help ease the symptoms associated with the withdrawal of the addicting substance.
Benzodiazepines and antidepressants are medications that are often used to calm the individual who may show restlessness and agitation as well as pain and discomfort during acute withdrawal episodes. These medications can include diazepam, lorazepam, and chlordiazepoxide and have been shown to be useful in the management of acute alcohol withdrawal symptoms such as depression, irritability, sleeplessness or disturbed sleep patterns, and tremors. In more severe cases, phenobarbitals have been used.
Benzodiazepines have also been used in the management of crystal meth and cocaine addiction. However, diazepam is only given for mild to moderate withdrawal symptoms. A more potent benzodiazepine is lorazepam which can be given to individuals with severe withdrawal symptoms. Care should be taken in the use of these medications because these have a high risk of addiction as well. This is why its administration should always be carried out as part of a medically managed detox program.
While an individual may be addicted to opiates like heroin and morphine or opioids like oxymorphone and oxycodone, there are some forms of opioids that have less addictive potential. These are used to wean off the individual from the addicting substance by giving the body what it needs. Over time, the dose of these medications are slowly tapered off to minimize the occurrence of withdrawal symptoms while facilitating the removal of the drug from the body. These replacement medications can include buprenorphine and methadone. There is another drug – naltrexone – that has shown promise in the alleviation of symptoms. However, current recommendations show naltrexone is better used after a medically managed detox program to help prevent relapses.
Generally, other withdrawal symptoms can be managed by their respective drug classes. For nausea and vomiting, the individual may be given an antiemetic in addition to gastrointestinal tract regulators. For rapid heart rate, the use of benzodiazepines can lower the rate of cardiac contraction. However, care is needed to make sure it does not go lower than the physiologic limit.
A medically managed detox program is often indicated for individuals with moderate to severe withdrawal symptoms associated with their respective addictions. These detox programs are under the direct supervision of a medical professional to ensure optimum physiologic stability for the individual. Only upon successful stabilization can the person progress to the treatment phase of his rehabilitation.
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