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Medical Detox in Greenville


Alcohol and drug addiction takes a toll on everyone involved, including those at work, school, and at home. Detoxification is the process of removing traces of an addictive substance from the body. It’s the first step toward recovery, and can often be one of the most difficult.


Medical detox involves administering medications to alleviate cravings and reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms. While in-patient medical detox conducted in a fully-staffed detox center like Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers Greenville is the most effective way to begin recovery, outpatient medical detox can be equally effective for those who are committed to beating an addiction and who have a strong support system at home and in the community.


Quitting On Your Own Can Be Dangerous


Detoxing at home without medical assistance can be particularly dangerous for those withdrawing from alcohol. While quitting opiate use has fewer dangerous symptoms and stimulant withdrawal is rarely dangerous, opiate, stimulant, and alcohol withdrawal can all be extremely painful and uncomfortable.


In addition to preventing dangerous medical conditions during withdrawal, medical drug and alcohol detox can help prevent immediate relapse, which is common for those withdrawing at home due to the desire to make the symptoms stop. If you have attempted quitting drugs or alcohol on your own, and have been unsuccessful, Greenville Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers can help. Call us today at 864-607-9031.


Inpatient vs. Outpatient


Always conducted under the supervision of qualified medical staff, in-patient detoxification is a holistic process that includes the ongoing assessment of symptoms and the evaluation of underlying mental health and medical issues that will need to be addressed during treatment once the process is complete.


Outpatient detoxification can be effective as long as the patient is prepared, committed, and has a support system in place. This process allows patients to maintain a higher level of privacy as well as to put strategies to immediate use in their daily lives.


Medications Used


The symptoms of alcohol withdrawal include tremors, hallucinations, seizures, and delirium tremens, which are also known as the DTs and can cause dangerous or fatal spikes in blood pressure, pulse, and breathing rate. Drugs that may be given to patients during the medical detox process include:


  • Benzodiazepines to help alleviate symptoms like anxiety, depression, and insomnia.
  • Anticonvulsants to prevent or treat seizures.
  • Beta blockers to combat dangerously high blood pressure and other heart-related effects of withdrawal.
  • Antabuse, which changes the way alcohol is metabolized by the body and causes unpleasant side effects when alcohol is consumed.


Withdrawal symptoms associated with opiates, such as prescription drugs like Vicodin and Oxycontin and illegal drugs like heroin include agitation, anxiety, muscle aches, abdominal cramps, nausea, and vomiting. Drugs administered during the withdrawal process for opiates include:


  • Suboxone, Methadone, or Naltrexone to reduce cravings and relive some of the other symptoms.
  • Antidepressants like Paxil to alleviate anxiety, depression, and insomnia.


Stimulant withdrawal symptoms for prescription drugs like Adderall and illegal drugs like cocaine and crystal meth include anxiety and depression, chills, body aches, exhaustion, and intense cravings.


Although drugs that may help block cravings are being tested, there are currently no FDA-approved drugs to alleviate the intense cravings associated with stimulant withdrawal. However, some medications that can help include:


  • Amantadine and Bromocriptine to help increase energy and normalize sleep.
  • Bupropion to help reduce cravings and combat anxiety, depression, and insomnia.


Detox is only the first step in addiction recovery. Successful detoxification paves the way for successful treatment, which will involve a patient-specific program that will include individual, group, and family counseling, cognitive therapy, nutritional guidance, and the assessment and treatment of any underlying mental or physical health issues.


A comprehensive aftercare program will assist the patient’s successful transition to sober living and will include a strong support system, ongoing counseling and behavior therapy, and in some cases, residing in a sober living facility for a period of time and undergoing workforce training and assistance with finding a safe place to live.


If you or someone you love is having trouble quitting drugs or alcohol, it may be time to seek professional medical help. At Greenville Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers we can help you overcome your addiction. Call us today at 864-607-9031.


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