Dallas Texas Medical Detox
When is Detox Necessary?
When an addict or alcoholic becomes physically dependent upon a substance they will experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop consuming that substance. Detox is necessary to minimize the symptoms of drug and alcohol withdrawal and maintain the patient's physical well being. The symptoms and length of the withdrawal process depend on what drugs the patient used and how long they have been abusing them.
During medical detox, the patient's vital signs are monitored and their emotional stability is gauged to ensure that they will not suffer any harm or inflict harm on others. Patients who have been abusing alcohol, opioids or benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, ect.) should always undergo a medically supervised detox. These are the most dangerous drugs to withdrawal from. A medical professional should be present throughout the process to treat any adverse reactions that the patient might encounter. During this period, medication is often necessary to manage the more severe symptoms of withdrawal.
Medications used in Detox
Upon admittance to our Medical Detox Program, our addiction treatment clinicians will perform a comprehensive evaluation to determine the individual needs of each patient. The purpose of this is to create a detox plan tailored to the specific physical and psychological necessities of the patient. Our clinicians will discern what drugs have been used and to what extent as well as if the patient has a co-occurring mental disorder. These psychological disorders may or may not have been previously diagnosed or medicated by a psychiatrist.
In some cases, medication will be administered to help treat these symptoms. Aside from psychiatric drugs, other medications may be employed to ease withdrawal symptoms or decrease cravings. These are administered on a case by case basis. Some of the most common detox medications include:
- Naltrexone - This is an FDA-approved medication that is used to treat patients with alcohol or opioid addictions. Naltrexone is an opioid antagonist that blocks the effects of opioids in the brain. This nullifies the euphoric effects of opiates and also decreases cravings for opioids and alcohol.
- Suboxone - Since 2002, Suboxone has been approved by the FDA to treat opioid addiction. Similar to methadone, this medication is used to treat opiate withdrawal symptoms. However, it carries less addiction and overdose risk than methadone.
- Vivitrol - This is a long-lasting injection that contains the same active ingredients as Naltrexone. As opposed to the daily oral dosage of Naltrexone, Vivitrol injections last a month help to establish long-term abstinence from opiate and alcohol abuse.
Our Medical Detox Program
Our Medically Monitored Withdrawal Management Program provides 24-hour nursing care with a physician on-site to handle significant problems. Psychological counseling is also available 16 hours a day. Clients of our Dallas Texas detox have often had a recent history of withdrawal management at a less intensive level of care, marked by an inability to complete the process or enter into continuing addiction treatment.
Riverwalk Ranch is the appropriate setting for clients with subacute biomedical and emotional, behavioral, or cognitive problems that require inpatient treatment. Patients in our medical detox program receive integrative medical care in a safe, home-like environment. Our prescribing doctors’ aim is to keep our clients as comfortable as possible during their detox.