Finding the Right Detox Center

  1. Article SummaryPrint
  2. What Addictions Are Covered?
  3. What Do Detoxification Clinics Do?
  4. How Can I Persuade a Loved One to Go to a Detox Center?
  5. Common Addictions
  6. Why Detox From Drugs?
  7. At the Detox Clinic

Finding the right detox center can be a tricky task if you are looking to help someone, whether it is yourself or a loved one, to get clean from drugs or alcohol. Different centers have different strengths and weaknesses, so you may need a little help to find the right one for you. If you would like help in selecting the right one for you or your loved one, please call the national toll-free hotline at 1-800-928-9139 to discuss the options available.

What Addictions Are Covered?

Depending on the detox center, addictions covered may include opiate addictions; alcohol abuse; GHB, MDMA (ecstasy), or ketamine use; or tranquilizer misuse. The initial treatment for these substances varies, so it is worth remembering that the center that is helpful for one person may not be so helpful for another. This is why it is important to get independent advice.

Did You Know?

There are nearly 11,000 rehabilitation centers in the United States, both public and private. There are a variety of approaches available from these rehab centers, including faith-based approaches, basic wilderness-style camps, and incredibly luxurious detox centers.

What Do Detoxification Clinics Do?

Detox centers aim to help an individual become sober from the abused substance or substances. This may initially consist of medications that reduce withdrawal symptoms, remove cravings, and cure other side issues, such as malnutrition, depression, or anxiety. The next stage is usually some form of therapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, group sessions, one-on-one counseling sessions, and motivational therapies. The patient is eventually encouraged to enter the outside world, first with supervision and later on his or her own.

Did You Know?

Detox centers do not have locks or measures to prevent patients from leaving. Even if the addiction therapy has been ordered by a court, patients may leave whenever they like, although there may be consequences later for not completing the program.

How Can I Persuade a Loved One to Go to a Detox Center?

Often a loved one will not realize that he or she has a problem. First, try subtle hints. Often an addict realizes there is a problem but is too afraid to find a solution. Leaflets left on a desk or a casual conversation may help to trigger a confession that the addiction has spiraled out of control. However, this is uncommon, as denial is a key part of many addictions.Sometimes intervention is necessary. There are professionals who can help you to arrange an intervention that will give the stark choice to your loved one: Go to detox or face consequences. These consequences may regard financial support, a home, visitation rights, or privileges.
 

Preparing for the intervention may consist of arranging treatment on your loved one's behalf. You would then gather as many of your loved one's family and friends as possible and ask them to prepare small speeches on how your loved one's drug abuse has affected them and the consequences that will ensue if the addict does not seek treatment. If your loved one refuses to cooperate by going to a detox clinic, you need to implement these consequences.

Interventions can be emotionally draining, so it is good to have a professional on board to help you through this time. The reward will be having a loved one who is free from alcohol and drugs.

Did You Know?

Around 40 percent of addicts have a concurrent mental disorder, such as anxiety, depression, or an antisocial disorder. It is important that these are treated at the same time as the addiction or else the patient is much more likely to relapse.

Common Addictions

 

Opiates

Opiates are drugs derived from the opium poppy or ones that are synthesized to mimic these drugs. Examples include opium, morphine, oxycodone, and heroin. Opiate addiction may stem from legitimate prescription use or from chasing euphoria. Opiates are extremely addictive, as they change the way the brain releases certain neurochemicals, which would reduce pain in a nonaddict. This means that once the patient has developed a long-term opiate addiction, a stay in a detox center can often be vital, as the detoxification clinic's staff can help to reduce the effects of withdrawal symptoms through the use of medication, such as buprenorphine or methadone, as well as therapy.

 

  • Did You Know?

    Morphine or codeine addiction can be fatal, especially when mixed with alcohol. Both alcohol and opiates lower breathing rates, which can be fatal. A treatment center can help you or your loved one with both addictions.

Alcohol

Alcohol is one of the world's oldest drugs, and around 17.6 million Americans abuse alcohol or are alcohol dependent. Alcohol addiction typically stems from the desire to change the person you are, such as becoming more relaxed or numbing the stresses of life. Long-term use of alcohol can, like most other addictions, cause changes in the brain, which means alcohol addiction is classified as a disease. It is treatable, however, and a detox center can help you or a loved one to achieve sobriety.

Treatment typically involves detoxing from alcohol in the first week, aided by medications such as disulfiram, naltrexone, or acamprosate, followed up with counseling and therapy. Withdrawal symptoms can be managed through other medications. Once sobriety and sober habits are reinforced through a variety of treatment and rehabilitation methods, the individual can return to normal life. Long-term counseling is recommended, and a good detox program will supply this and recommend support groups in your local area.

  • Did You Know?

    Alcohol abuse was the major factor in nearly 15,000 deaths from liver failure in 2007. This statistic does not include other potentially preventable deaths, such as falls, driving accidents, or other alcohol-induced injuries.

Tranquilizers

Tranquilizers include medications such as Valium and Xanax. They are typically prescribed for insomnia or anxiety, although they have legitimate use in alcohol withdrawal as well. However, they are easy to abuse, particularly in conjunction with a stimulant such as cocaine or amphetamine. Approximately 1.8 million Americans abused tranquilizers in 2005, and many of these were due to being prescribed a benzodiazepine for a legitimate medical condition. Tranquilizer withdrawal typically involves a long tapering-off process where the drug dosage is reduced over a period of time. As there is a risk of stroke and arrhythmia during the withdrawal process, a detox center is often a key part of getting clean and sober. This makes withdrawal a lot more comfortable and reduces the likelihood of the return of the original condition that made a tranquilizer necessary.

 

  • Did You Know?

    Tranquilizers are often prescribed for anxiety, and long-term use normally means you end up needing a higher and higher dosage to calm yourself. This often results in anxiety or panic, a phenomenon known as the paradoxical effect.

Stimulants

Stimulants include amphetamine, methamphetamine, and MDMA, also known as ecstasy. These stimulants are frequently used in a rave, club, or party atmosphere as they increase a user's confidence and reduce inhibitions. They also allow a user to stay awake and alert longer, so they are frequently used by militaries and students. Adderall, a prescription-only drug, contains amphetamine, and it is frequently used by students to study longer and to complete essays. However, while amphetamines and similar stimulants are not physiologically addictive, they can be psychologically addictive, and withdrawal symptoms may occur with reduced or discontinued use. In addition, the circumstances surrounding the abuse should be explored, and a detox center is ideal for this.

 

  • Did You Know?

    Stimulants are often taken with tranquilizers, as the user often cannot sleep after taking a stimulant. This increases the risk of serious heart, brain, and breathing problems as the body struggles to cope with the chemical influences.

Why Detox From Drugs?

Drugs and alcohol carry the risk of multiple disorders, from psychological to physiological. Alcohol abuse carries the risk of violence, cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, and a general inability to carry out day-to-day tasks. It also increases the risk of being caught driving drunk or having an accident at work. Often, insurance companies will not pay if alcohol is involved in an accident, so you will have a financial liability as well.

Morphine Addiction

morphineMorphine addiction treatment is an essential step in a person’s recovery from morphine dependency and addiction. Out of all of the different types of addictions that a person can develop, morphine addiction is one of the toughest to control. Without professional treatment, it is particularly difficult for a person with a morphine problem to achieve long-term sobriety and avoid relapsing. Read More

Opiates depress most of the body's functions, making it very hard for an individual to function in society when addicted to morphine or heroin. The initial effects are similar to alcohol in that reaction times are slowed and decision-making processes tend to be less clear. In addition, the risk of stroke and severe depression are much higher with opiates than most other abused drugs.

Stimulants increase blood pressure and heart rate, which can sometimes lead to heart failure, as the body cannot cope with the increased stress. Cramping and vomiting may occur, along with severe headaches that reduce your ability to concentrate. Some stimulants may cause the body to overheat, and a lack of sleep may lead to irritability. Stimulants are often antisocial drugs, as they alienate your friends as you take more and more to have a good time.

Tranquilizers have similar risks to alcohol and opiates. In addition, a user may experience anxiety, panic, and other symptoms of panic disorder, which is what tranquilizers are often prescribed to treat.
 

A detox from drugs can help you to get back on track with your life, whether it is you who is addicted or a loved one. People seldom realize how much of an effect they have on their partners' lives when abusing drugs or alcohol.

At the Detox Clinic

Once your loved one is persuaded to go to a detoxification clinic, he or she will be treated as a patient. A routine exam will be carried out to determine what drugs your loved one is abusing and whether there are any underlying health or mental health issues. A detoxification strategy will be created and implemented. This will allow your loved one to remove the drugs from his or her body. Medications may be given to reduce side effects, and in some cases, medications are used to reduce the cravings or the risk of further drug abuse. Medication for any underlying health issues will also be started.

Once the drugs are removed from your loved one's system, a rehabilitation program needs to start. This will allow your loved one to see the effect of the drug on people's lives. It will also help to convince and reinforce the idea that your loved one has a problem with addiction. This helps your loved one to see the devastating effects the drug has had on your lives.

Therapy is all about identifying why your loved one started abusing drugs and how your loved one can stop using them. It identifies opportunities to prevent situations from forming that encourage your loved one to take drugs and encourages strategies that prevent exposure to these situations. It also reinforces good behaviors and discourages poor ones.

In many cases, the family of the addict can play a part in the rehabilitation. A loving family often provides a reason for getting clean, particularly when the addict realizes how the drug abuse has affected loved ones. In many cases, getting the family functioning as a major supporting unit for the addict is a key goal for the therapist, so you will end up learning a lot about addiction and addictive behaviors.