Drug detox is the transition from using an addictive substance to complete abstinence from that substance. Huntington Beach detox programs offer medically assisted detoxification for people who are struggling with an addiction to stimulants, opioids, cannabinoids, and sedative-hypnotic drugs. Depending on which type of drug the person is addicted to, medically assisted detoxification can involve administering gradually lower doses of the addictive drug, implementing a safer substitute drug with similar effects as the original drug, or giving the patient medications that reduce certain withdrawal symptoms.
Stimulants include cocaine, nicotine, and meth. Stimulant withdrawal symptoms include depression, insomnia, fatigue, anxiety, paranoia, and irritability. In combination, these withdrawal symptoms can hinder a person’s ability to carry out daily activities. When someone is unable to carry out their normal activities and cravings to use again start increasing, then the risk of relapse becomes a stronger possibility.
There are currently no medications for stimulant withdrawal, so you will likely be instructed in outpatient therapy to abstain from the stimulant drug until withdrawal symptoms subside on their own. Your therapist will also encourage you to avoid any cues associated with the drug you are addicted to because these can trigger strong cravings.
Opioids are a class of drugs that include heroin and prescription pain killers. Withdrawal from opioids can be severe because people often experience an increased heart rate, high blood pressure, insomnia, muscle spasms, abdominal pain, nausea with vomiting or diarrhea, muscle pain, and anxiety. Therefore, detox without medications is rare when it comes to opioid addiction.
Methadone is the most frequently used medication for any opioid addiction because this substance lasts longer than other drugs while decreasing opioid withdrawal symptoms. This provides the patient much needed relief from the aches and psychological pain associated with abstaining from opioids.
Other medications are given to alleviate specific withdrawal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pain.
Withdrawal from cannabinoids is not severe enough to require the use of medications, but can still include some unpleasant symptoms like anxiety, irritability, problems with sleep, excessive sweating, nausea with vomiting or diarrhea, and increased heartbeat. These are often treated in an outpatient setting.
Treatments for sedative-hypnotics like prescription anti-anxiety meds like benzodiazepines are different than many other drugs. Some detox programs gradually reduce the dosage of the sedative-hypnotic drug over several weeks while others administer a benzodiazepine that produces effects that last longer. These are expected to decrease severe withdrawal symptoms because the drug’s effects are gradually taken away.
Where to Find Help for Drug Addiction
If you are struggling with a drug addiction and feel trapped, please do not hesitate to contact Chelsea By the Sea at 1 (844) 31-CLEAN to learn more about our treatment services. Chelsea By the Sea is a California addiction recovery center that is family-focused, pet-friendly, and offers medically assisted detox, family interventions, and residential treatment programs so you do not have to face the pains of withdrawal and urges to use again alone. We are here to give you a fighting chance.