Medical Detox: Separating the Myths from Facts

Medical Detox: Separating the Myths from Facts

  • December 03, 2018

If you are thinking about entering into a drug detoxification program, it is important that you understand the difference between myths and facts. To make an informed decisions, you need to know the truth. Medical detox – one of the most popular and widespread types of detox that is used today – has a number of myths associated with it and suffers from a lot of controversy due to those half-truths. With this particular type of drug detox, you will maintain regular appointments with a health care provider. While at those appointments, you will be provided a dose of medication. Alternatively, you will receive a prescription for a medication that can be administered at home. These medications are used to help diminish drug cravings, re-establish normal function of the brain, and prevent a drug relapse.

What Exactly Is the Truth About Medical Drug Detox?

Alcohol Addiction

If your addiction is with alcohol, there are currently three FDA-approved medications that can be used. These are: The first is naltrexone. This particular medication works by blocking your opioid receptors that are directly related to your craving to drink and the satiating feelings that you experience after you drink. The medication helps to diminish the tendency to relapse into extremely heavy drinking. It has been proven to be very effective in many patients, although it is not for all everyone. The second is disulfiram. This medication can help delay the degradation of the alcohol, which often results in the accumulated of acetaldehyde, producing unpleasant responses, such as nausea and palpitations in the event that you do have a drink. The third is acamprosate. This particular medication works to help reduce any anxiety or depression symptoms that you may experience throughout the process of detoxification. These are often called withdrawal symptoms.

Drug Addiction

When it comes to opioid dependence, treatment that uses medication is often the ideal choice. To treat an opioid addiction, such as morphine and heroin, buprenorphine or methadone are often effective medications that are used. Some people find naltrexone to be effective. Both buprenorphine and methadone are able to relieve cravings and suppress any withdrawal symptoms that the user may be experiencing by acting on the same transmitters in the brain that the opioids do. Naltrexone, on the other hand, which should only be used after the drug detox has been completed, works by obstructing the effects of opioids directly at the receptor sites. However, because of compliances issues, this medication is not extensively used. Overall, these medications have the ability to help any drug user to separate themselves from harmful drug-related activities and open themselves up to potential behavioral treatments that can help them get their life back on track.

Tobacco Addiction

For those who are addicted to tobacco, there are two FDA-approved medications that can be used. These are varenicline and bupropion. Both of these have the ability to help a user avoid a relapse.

So, What Are the Myths Associated With Medical Detox?

As previously mentioned, there are many myths that surround the medical detox process. It is important that this false information is debunked, so we have taken care of some of the biggest myths right here.

Medical Addiction Recovery Is Simply Replacing One Addiction With Another.

Addiction is thought to be a very serious and chronic condition. For that reason, the treatment is supervised under medical professionals and is considered a medication. It is never thought of as a substitution or a replacement.

Methadone Is Just as Dangerous as – If Not More So Than – Heroin.

When used improperly, yes, the drug methadone can be extremely dangerous. However, methadone is a medication that is 100 percent legal. It is produced by approved pharmaceutical companies under quality control standards. The effects that are produced by methadone are significantly less dangerous and debilitating than the effects that are experienced by heroin. Methadone is taken orally in a clean and safe environment, whereas heroin is typically injected in very un-sanitary settings. With that being said, methadone treatment can dramatically reduce the rate and spread of HIV infection and STDs. Methadone will not cause the deterioration and decaying of your teeth nor will it exhaust your calcium levels. In fact, individuals’ health may actually improve while taking methadone. For pregnant women suffering an opioid addiction, methadone is only the only mediation that has been approved. 

Once the Medical Detox Has Been Completed, Everything Will Be Fantastic.

Unfortunately, this is not true. Effective drug abuse treatment goes beyond just the medical detox. There is more to your drug abuse issue than the drug itself. It goes deeper than that. While it is true that medication plays an important role in your treatment, it often needs to be combined with counseling and other forms of behavioral therapies in order to be effective.

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If you are unsure about anything that you’ve read or heard, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Take the time to reach out and speak to a qualified counselor or medical practitioner here at Shadow Mountain Recovery. We’re here to help and will do whatever it takes to get you walking down the path toward recovery.

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