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Detox Process

Find Detox Help Now in the Clarksville, TN Area

For over a decade, we have been assisting people in the Clarksville, TN area find detox help. Detoxification (or detox) is the process used to expel drugs and impurities from the body and is often an important preliminary measure for anyone who wants to enter rehab and get clean from drugs or alcohol. The detox procedure can be frightening for anyone who has attempted to quit using the “cold turkey” method, or for long time abusers, but it doesn’t need to be. Our treatment center makes provisions to ensure that detox is safe and appropriate for each and every patient. For any questions, or to speak with a detox specialist, call detox specialists at 931-910-2783 immediately.

Types of Detox

There are two varieties of detox currently offered:  medically supervised withdrawal and social detoxification. Health care specialists choose one or the other after evaluating:

  • the kind of substance being abused
  • length of addiction
  • age of the patient
  • the mental state of the patient
  • the physical well-being of the patient
  • what kind of setting the professionals think will likely be the most beneficial to the patient

People who will require medically supervised withdrawal include those who are dependent on:

  • alcohol
  • pain medications (prescription or pharmaceutical)
  • barbiturates or sedatives
  • opioids (heroin, OxyContin7, codeine)

These drugs usually have very unpleasant, uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, but the symptoms can be reduced by certain detox medications that may only be prescribed by a physician. People who abuse drugs along with alcohol, or who are suffering from severe alcoholism, are usually advised to undergo medically-supervised withdrawal. Withdrawing abruptly from alcohol can make people hallucinate, have seizures or develop dangerous physical and psychological complications, all of which can be prevented by the use of medications and other treatments used in medically supervised detox centers. In addition, anybody who has ever experienced hallucinations or seizures, has a severe illness or has been diagnosed with certain psychological diseases should participate in medically supervised withdrawal to safely wean themselves from drugs and alcohol.

Social detoxification is provided for individuals who are only expected to experience moderate withdrawal symptoms, from addictions to drugs such as:

  • marijuana
  • cocaine
  • methamphetamine
  • occasional opioid use
  • occasional alcohol use

The social detoxification technique provides support and encouragement to clients during their cravings and withdrawal. No medications are used, but the process is still monitored by nurses and counselors who manage the clients’ health. During social detoxification, patients live alongside each other in a “social” setting, instead of being isolated in hospital-like rooms as they detox. In this style of detox, clients are ready to live with each other and work along with other addicts in recovery when they enter a treatment program.

Find Detox Help With Our Treatment Center’s Strategies

Our staff understands that different kinds of drugs are responsible for different kinds of withdrawal symptoms, making it important to take part in a detox program that knows how to adapt the process accordingly. Depressants, such as barbiturates, benzodiazepines, and alcohol, can lead to:

  • hallucinations
  • tremors
  • seizures
  • higher blood pressure
  • increased heart rate
  • increased internal temperature

Stimulants, such as amphetamines, methamphetamine, cocaine, and Ritalin, usually only have mild withdrawal symptoms that require nothing more than emotional support from family members, friends and therapists. However, occasionally an individual can be diagnosed with stimulant psychosis and will need medication to prevent:

  • suicidal thoughts
  • suicide attempts
  • paranoia
  • psychosis

Withdrawal symptoms from opioids (including heroin, morphine, codeine, and OxyContin) run the gamut from:

  • runny nose
  • sweating
  • nervousness
  • depression
  • quickening pulse
  • rapid breathing
  • bone pain
  • muscle sensitivity
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea

Taking the First Step

For many people, detox is a vital first step toward addiction recovery, but it is JUST a first step and should never take the place of a rehab program. We provide recovery intervention program services once detoxification is complete. Patients receive guidance during and after a detox process in order to avoid a relapse after getting clean and sober. Detox in conjunction with rehab for drug or alcohol addiction makes Alcohol programs services the most productive solution for anyone who wants to achieve total recovery. If you or someone you love is in need of services such as detox, give us a call at 931-910-2783 today.