Medical Detoxification Programs in Port Saint Lucie (772) 882-3919

Two aspects exist to any type of substance abuse addiction: the physical withdrawal symptoms and the mental cravings. Alcohol and drug detox programs aim to address both of these factors, both through medical detox and supportive therapy and counseling.

Medical detox is a process through which medical professionals help a person with a substance abuse problem go through the withdrawal process by providing medical assistance to minimize symptoms. These symptoms can depend upon the substance abused, but may include nausea, vomiting, anxiety, seizures and headaches.

Medical detox programs offer a slower approach to break a person’s physical dependence on drugs and/or alcohol. Compared to “cold turkey” approach, medical detox programs are ideally easier on a person’s body because withdrawal symptoms are not as severe.

At Drug Treatment Centers Port Saint Lucie, our medical team of doctors and nurses strives to provide each patient with individualized care, and make sure that this process is conducted in a safe and supportive environment. Dial (772) 882-3919 and find help for your addiction today.

Why is the “Cold Turkey” Method Dangerous?

An alcohol or drug addiction indicates a person’s body has become so used to a substance that he or she experiences withdrawals when it is not in their system. Substance abuse changes a person’s brain chemistry. When an addict attempts to detox at home, withdrawal symptoms can be severe. In the case of alcohol withdrawal, they can also be life-threatening. Detoxing in a supervised medical environment can not only protect a patient’s health, but the approach also minimizes harmful medical symptoms and increases the likelihood a person can successfully quit their substance of abuse.

Inpatient Program

The first consideration made when choosing a detox program type is what drug or substance a person is abusing. A detox program for alcohol withdrawals will require difference medications and treatments than a program for heroin abuse.

The medical detox program at Drug Treatment Centers Port Saint Lucie is carried out as part of our residential inpatient drug rehab program. This requires that patients live at the facility for at least a month to 45 days. During this time they will receive a variety of treatments and psychotherapy to help give them the knowledge and tools they will need to understand their addiction and identify and avoid triggers.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Regardless of whether the detoxification process is conducted under medical supervision or otherwise, this process will cause some withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms depend upon the individual’s health, substance abused, years of abuse and the daily amount consumed.

  • Meth: symptoms can include increased appetite, anxiety, paranoia, psychosis, depression and excessive sleeping.
  • OxyContin: symptoms include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, rapid heartbeat, excessive sweating, hot/cold flashes, anxiety, agitation, difficulty sleeping and dilated pupils.
  • Alcohol: symptoms can include sweating, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, headaches, hallucinations, seizures, confusion, tremors and irregular heartbeat. Some of these side effects can be so severe that they often require an inpatient hospital stay or medical support.
  • Heroin: symptoms include anxiety, muscle pains, sweating, diarrhea, dilated pupils, nausea and vomiting.

Medications Used

Drug Treatment Centers Port Saint Lucie doctors will administer treatment medication if needed, such as when a person is experiencing serious symptoms. Medications that can be administered during this process include:

  • Methadone, a drug used to help people withdraw from opiate addictions, such as heroin, morphine or OxyContin.
  • Alcohol withdrawal symptoms are often treated with anti-seizures and sedative medications to reduce side effects. Examples include diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan) or chlordiazepoxide (Librium)
  • Addiction to stimulants, such as cocaine or methamphetamine, may require medications such as desipramine (Norpamin) or Valium to minimize symptoms.

Detox not only provides medical support for an individual suffering from substance abuse, but also mental support. Through counseling and addiction treatment therapy, those suffering from addiction are encouraged to explore the emotions, patterns and behaviors that led to their disease. This added component for detox can enhance the likelihood a person can successfully overcome their drug dependence.

At Drug Treatment Centers Port Saint Lucie, we have the knowledge and experience necessary to help our patients get through this often difficult and emotional time. Choose the path that leads to a safe recovery; call us today at (772) 882-3919.

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