Detoxification is often the first stage of alcohol addiction treatment. Detox allows the body to physically overcome dependency on alcohol while also reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms to make recovery more comfortable. When conducted in a relaxing, controlled medical environment, alcohol detox carries minimal risks and can be highly effective at helping individuals safely and comfortably move toward recovery.
What to Expect During Alcohol Detox
Quitting alcohol abruptly on one’s own can be dangerous—even fatal—especially for heavy drinkers who have struggled with addiction for many years. However, at medically supervised alcohol detox programs, patients have 24/7 access...
Opiate detox treatments can help individuals safely overcome physical dependence on any substance in the opiate drug class. Derived from the poppy plant, opiates are drugs that are commonly prescribed on a short-term basis to treat moderate to severe pain. Opiates carry a high risk for physical dependence and addiction and can lead to an overdose or death after just one use. Fortunately, opiate detox treatments can help individuals overcome physical dependency on this drug class and go on to experience healthier, addiction-free lives.
What Are Opiates?
There are three main classifications of opiates: those that are...
Heroin is one of the most highly addictive illicit drugs due to the way this substance interferes with brain chemistry and triggers cravings. Those who try quitting heroin abruptly on their own can face serious health complications, and a greater risk for relapse, overdose, and death. Heroin detox can help these individuals overcome physical dependence on heroin and other opioids, and reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms to result in a safer, more comfortable recovery.
Effects of Heroin
Heroin is processed from an opiate called morphine, which is derived from poppy plants. Heroin binds to opioid receptors in...
Methadone is a prescription medication that has been used since the 1960s to treat opioid dependence. Methadone is often prescribed long-term to help curb opioid cravings and withdrawal symptoms in patients recovering from opioid addiction. Unfortunately, since methadone is also an opioid, users are at high risk for becoming physically dependent on this drug and struggle with fully overcoming their addiction to opioids.
What Is Methadone?
Methadone is a synthetic opioid that binds to opiate receptors in the brain to mimic the effects of other opioids without offering the same feelings of euphoria, drowsiness, and pain relief....
Suboxone (Buprenorphine) Detox
Suboxone is a prescription medication commonly used to treat opioid addiction. The drug is effective at reducing opioid cravings and withdrawal symptoms, which then allows patients to overcome addiction comfortably while facing a lower risk for relapse. But because Suboxone is still an opioid, patients who abuse the medication or use it incorrectly can become addicted and suffer ongoing problems with opioid addiction despite receiving treatment.
Suboxone detox can help these individuals overcome dependency on Suboxone and other opioids, including morphine, heroin, and fentanyl. When conducted in a controlled medical environment, Suboxone detox can be safe,...
Benzodiazepines (Benzos) Detox
Benzodiazepines, also known as benzos, are commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, insomnia, and seizures. Benzodiazepines carry a high risk for physical dependency and are usually only prescribed for short-term use to lower the risk for addiction. Those who struggle with benzodiazepine addiction can undergo detox at an inpatient treatment facility, and eliminate this substance from their bodies to achieve improved health and sober, drug-free lives.
Effects of Benzodiazepines
Benzodiazepines are central nervous system depressants, or tranquilizers, that produce sedative effects. The drugs work by binding to gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptors in the brain to produce feelings of...