Addiction Detoxification – Call 312-638-6880 Now!

Detoxification, or “detox” for short, is the first step in the addiction treatment process. It lasts for a period of three to seven days and is intended to purge the patient’s body of all drug residues and help them safely withdraw from their drug of choice. Withdrawal symptoms may begin within three to twenty-four hours of the patient’s final dose, and they may last for weeks. To prevent serious harm or discomfort, and to ensure that the patient’s body is evacuated of all poisonous substances safely and naturally, detox is a must.

Approved Detox Medications

To counter the severe symptoms of withdrawal, the following medications may be used:

  • Buprenorphine – This opioid drug is used to step down heroin addicts and assuage cravings.
  • Methadone – Also used during opioid detox.
  • Naloxone – Used in the case of opioid overdose, as it blocks the opioid receptors in the brain.
  • Antabuse (disulfiram) – This drug blocks the absorption of alcohol, and causes alcoholics to experience unpleasant symptoms like sickness, cramps, and vomiting if they take a drink.

The Hazards of Relapse

While detox rids the body of its physical dependence on a drug, it does not fully treat addiction. Cravings will still arise in the patient’s mind, and their underlying psychological issues are still unaddressed. It’s vital that a patient move on from detox to a qualified rehab center and complete a full 45- to 90-day course of therapy and counseling. This is essential to prevent the patient from slipping back into their old destructive thinking and negative impulses which trapped them in their addiction. Counselors and therapists will tease out the latent psychological blocks, social and environmental stressors, and other factors which abetted addiction and can discourage recovery.

To learn more about detoxification or any other part of the treatment process, avail yourself of Addiction Drug Rehab Chicago’s expertise at (312) 638-6880.