Often the first step in addiction recovery is detoxification, a process by which the body dispels of toxins that it acquired while the addiction was taking place. Many reputable treatment centers provide detoxification programs that can assist you with this – it’s the safest option, because home detoxes can send your body into extreme withdrawal which can be deadly if you do not do it right. A treatment team can monitor your vital signs 24/7, meaning that assiduous efforts will be taken as to not compromise your health.
Detoxification is, however, discomforting. Headaches, aching limbs, thirst, bad breath, greasy skin, irritability and depression, and fatigue are all common effects of detox. With technology today, there are many medications that have been used to help people move through the detoxification process more smoothly; many of which have even been designed to help discourage cravings for drugs. Let’s review some of those medications below:
- Naltrexone (Vivitrol) – an opioid antagonist, a client must be drug-free for 48 hours before taking this medication in order to avoid experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms. Typically a monthly injection, patients most often take this after inpatient detoxification.
- Buprenorphine (Buprenex) – a partial opioid agonist, this medication is often taken daily or by monthly injections. As with Naltrexone, a patient must be drug-free for 24-48 hours.
- Disulfiram (Antabuse) – often used to treat alcoholism, this medication creates unpleasant side effects when alcohol is consumed. These effects may involve headaches, nausea, weakness, blurred vision, and more.
- Acamprosate (Campral) – also used for alcohol dependency, this drug affects chemicals in the brain that may have become unbalanced from alcohol use.
- Paroxetine (Paxil) – this is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) which works by restoring the balance of serotonin in the brain. This medication can assist with depression and anxiety that may assist drug detoxification.
Detoxification can seem like a scary process, but it’s well worth it. Having the right healthcare team means that you will be in good hands – you won’t have to worry about how you should go about the process, as there will be people guiding you through the steps. If you’re ready for detox, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today.
Simple Recovery is a world-renowned, California state-licensed substance abuse recovery center. We offer dual diagnosis treatment, so if you are experiencing both substance abuse and symptoms of a mental disorder, call us today at 888-743-0490 so that we can work with you to restore your happiness, health, and well-being. You do not have to continue living this way; there are many people here ready to help you.