Common Symptoms of Detox: Psychological and Physical
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What Is a Detox?
Detox is the process of removing drugs or substances that are harmful to the body. This can include alcohol, drugs, tobacco, or other substances that harm a person’s health. The goal of a detox is to allow the body to cleanse itself of these substances and restore itself to a state of balance and good health.
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How Long Does Detox Take?
The duration it takes to detox from a substance will vary depending on several factors, including medical history, what substance was being used, the severity of use, and any underlying medical conditions affect the length of the detoxification process.
Common Symptoms of Detox
Physical Symptoms of Detox
- Sweating and chills
- Headaches or migraines
- Stomach, nausea, or digestion problems
- Loss of appetite
- Problems sleeping, including insomnia and fatigue
- Rapid heart rate and palpitations
Psychological Symptoms of Detox
- Mood changes or mood swings
- Feeling unsettled or unstable
- Intense fear disproportionate to societal norms
- Intense feelings of sadness
- Inability to feel pleasure
- Confusion or difficulty thinking clearly
- Poor concentration
The first stage, evaluation, involves a medical professional assessing the individual’s physical and mental health and substance use history. Doctors use this information to determine the appropriate course of treatment and identify any potential complications that may arise during the detox process. It also ensures that the individual is ready to enter a treatment program.
Preparing Entry Into Treatment
Preparing for entry into treatment involves making the necessary arrangements for the individual to begin a formal treatment program. This step entails clinical practitioners informing individuals about their options for continued treatment after the initial detox or inpatient or outpatient programs as well.
What To Expect During a Detox
- Lack of energy
- Digestive problems
- Inability to focus
Can I Detox at Home?
Home Detox vs. Medical Detox
Which Drugs Require a Medically Assisted Detox?
Drugs that may need a medically assisted detox include alcohol, opioids, benzodiazepines, and stimulants such as cocaine and methamphetamine. These drugs can be particularly dangerous to detox from without medical supervision because they can cause severe withdrawal symptoms that may be life-threatening, such as tremors, hallucinations, severe dehydration, and others. A medically assisted detox can help to manage these symptoms.
What Medications Are Used in Detox?
- Methadone: Methadone is a medication that is used to treat opioid dependence. It works by binding to the same brain receptors as opioids but doesn’t produce the same high or dangerous side effects. This can help reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms and make it easier for individuals to stop using opioids.
- Buprenorphine: Buprenorphine is a medication that is used to treat opioid addiction. It is combined with other medications to help overcome opioid addiction and avoid the painful symptoms of withdrawal. Buprenorphine can help to reduce cravings and prevent relapse.
- Naltrexone: Naltrexone is a medication used to treat opioid addiction and alcohol dependence. It works by blocking the effects of opioids and alcohol in the brain, which can help to reduce cravings and prevent relapse.
- Acamprosate: Acamprosate is a medication that is used to treat alcohol dependence. It works by regulating the levels of certain chemicals in the brain that are affected by alcohol use. Acamprosate is not a cure for alcohol dependence but can help support recovery and prevent relapse.
- Disulfiram: Disulfiram is a medication that is used to treat alcohol dependence. It works by causing a person to experience unpleasant side effects, such as nausea and vomiting, when they drink alcohol. A healthcare provider prescribes disulfiram as part of a comprehensive treatment plan that includes counseling and other support services.
How to Prevent Drug Detox Symptoms
Coping With Withdrawal
- Ask for help
- Eat well
- Drink plenty of water
- Relieve symptoms with over-the-counter (OTC) medications
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