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Comfortable Alcohol Detox and Drug Detox
- Three Types of Detox
- Our Detox Program
Detox Doesn't Mean You Have to Suffer
Initial withdrawal from drugs or alcohol can be physically distressing, painful and even dangerous. Without appropriate care, withdrawal symptoms can include increased blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, severe muscle cramping and seizures.
Alcohol Detox & Drug Detox
Certain types of drugs require a detox. Alcohol detox generally includes monitoring vital signs, doctor consultation and prescribed medication to ease withdrawal symptoms. Examples of drugs that require detox include: Alcohol, benzodiazepines (i.e., Valium, Xanax) and opiate-based drugs including heroin and prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin, Vicodin, Hydrocodone, etc.
Other drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamines and marijuana do not require detox. However, as with any drug dependent upon amount and frequency of use there remains the significant potential for psychological dependence and given this, a period of stabilization followed up by a recovery program is advisable for long-term success.
Alcohol poses one of the most dangerous forms of withdrawal. An abrupt cessation of alcohol (going “cold turkey”) will result in withdrawal symptoms within hours and the time necessary for complete alcohol detox can range from 3 to 14 days. Alcohol detox can result in a variety of physical and/or psychological symptoms. Mild withdrawal symptoms include headaches, nausea, vomiting, perspiration, restlessness, agitation, loss of appetite and insomnia. More severe symptoms may disrupt the autonomic system, resulting in seizures (convulsions), visual or auditory hallucinations and the DTs (Delirium Tremens). It is estimated that 1 in 4 patients are at a high risk for a withdrawal seizure if medications are not administered during the detox phase. For this reason, alcohol detox frequently involves doctor prescribed medication that have similar effects to alcohol are given to reduce the risk of seizure. These medications generally include certain benzodiazepines and anticonvulsant medication that are prescribed in tapering amounts until the body is physically stabilized and the threat of seizure removed. Professional advice should always be sought in alcohol detox and consultation with a doctor during alcohol detox is generally necessary.
Specific Types of Drug Detox
Benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax, Klonapin) are classified as depressants, tranquilizers or sedatives as they slow down central nervous system activity, Benzodiazepines can become addictive within a short period of time and are one of the most dangerous drugs to detox from due to the high risk of seizure.
Opiates such as heroin, methadone and prescription painkillers generally require a detox depending upon quantity and frequency of usage. Dramatically reducing or stopping opiate-based drugs after prolonged and/or heavy use frequently results in a very difficult withdrawal. While there are many types of detox options available, supervised detox is highly recommended for safe withdrawal.
Methamphetamines can either be snorted, smoked, or injected bringing a powerful adrenaline rush, excitement, exhilaration and euphoria. Meth has been described as an intense and nearly instant addiction. Detoxification from methamphetamines does not require supervision; however, the cravings can be intense. For this reason, a cutting-edge technique known as Neruo-Transmitter Restoration Therapy (NTR) has been introduced as an effective way to reduce and potentially eliminate the often intense cravings. NTR is a naturally-occurring amino acid solution delivered intravenously that bathes the brain in nutrients, easing withdrawal symptoms and cravings and restoring a natural alertness within days instead of the weeks or months it can take under normal detoxification procedures. Meth addicts who find the crash off of methamphetamines to be much less harsh with the application of NTR.
At SouthCoast Recovery, we’re concerned for your health and well being at all stages of the recovery process. We offer state-licensed, social model drug & alcohol detox with a holistic emphasis. Our entire focus is to stabilize and minimize the physical discomfort of withdrawal so your experience is as painless as possible.
You Don’t Have to SufferThere are generally three ways to undergo drug or alcohol detox:
"Cold Turkey Detox:"
The first and most painful way to detox is going “cold turkey.” You merely quit drinking or taking the drug and accept the consequences as the body recognizes the chemical it has come to rely on is no longer forthcoming. Sweats, shakes, tremors, anxiety, muscle cramps, hallucinations and even seizures can accompany cold turkey detox. This can be dangerous and even life-threatening. This method is definitely not recommended.
The second and most traditional method is a managed detox. A mild form of prescription medication is given in small doses to gently ease the body off alcohol or drugs under 24-hour supervision.
NeuroTransmitter Restoration Detox:
Lastly, a revolutionary method of detoxification called Neurotransmitter Restoration (NTR®) therapy is gaining ground. NTR® consists of an amino acid solution administered over a 10-day period. This solution “bathes” the brain in nutrients which helps to jump-start cell-repair and return mental clarity in days rather than the weeks, months or even years it can take under normal conditions.
A successful detox is the first step in a successful recovery. At SouthCoast Recovery you’ll receive an individual health evaluation where every step of treatment is tailored to your needs. During the period of detoxification, every effort is made to reduce stress.
You’ll stay in a tranquil residential home where lots of rest, personal care, nutritious meals and 24-hour supervision with an available consulting physician (MD) are provided for your comfort. If needed, prescription medication is administered for pain, anxiety, cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Herbal remedies, acupuncture and detoxification massage may also be administered in order to encourage the body’s own healing process.
Because a high relapse rate can be linked to an unsuccessful detox process, this specialized phase of our treatment process is a crucial element of your recovery. As you progress through the initial stages and begin to feel physical health returning, group counseling and one-on-one sessions are introduced until clients feel well enough to participate in the regular schedule. At SouthCoast Recovery, we help clients get through detox, get into recovery and get on with life.
Clients stay in a safe, comfortable environment supervised 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our consulting physician (MD) manages your detoxification.