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Alcohol/Drug Medical Detoxification in Fort Myers FL

Medical detox is the supervised process of detoxifying the body to reduce the risk of medical complications from the use of harmful substances. There are proven and effective detox protocols, which when followed, result in a comfortable and safe outcome.

Because people react differently to treatments and have various health situations, no single medical detox protocol meets the needs of every person. Metabolisms vary from person-to-person and do not always react the same way to each procedure, and alternatives are in place to be used when necessary. Conditions addressed by medical detox procedures include vitamin and mineral deficiencies, dehydration, and various withdrawal symptoms.

Following detox, treatment is recommended. For help finding treatment centers, call Drug Treatment Centers Fort Myers at (239) 362-9207.

The Dangers of Detoxing At Home

Ridding the body of an accumulation of deadly toxins in a home setting places the individual in a position of high risk. It is not a simple procedure, and the person detoxifying can experience seizures, serious dehydration, excruciating pain, and even death. Alcohol withdrawal is the most risky, and can cause hallucinations, convulsions, and heart seizure as a consequence of "cold turkey" alcohol cessation. Death could occur if there is no medical intervention available.

Types of Detox Programs

Outpatient Programs

If the person requiring detox has responsibilities they cannot abandon at home or at work, an outpatient program may be the best option. Benefits of this program include:

  • Treatment during the day and allowed home in evening
  • Good for mild addiction symptoms
  • Social support system
  • Individual can maintain relationship with family
  • Minimal interruptions in daily activities
  • More freedom

Inpatient Programs

The treatment at an inpatient facility is similar to that of the outpatient program, however, the care is provided 24-hours a day. Benefits of this program include:

  • No access to temptations
  • No falling back into old habits
  • Risk of relapse significantly diminished
  • Medical treatment available if needed

Types of Drug Detox

  • Crystal Meth Detox - There are two phases of detox for all methamphetamines. The acute phase lasts a week to 10 days and is a period of severe withdrawal symptoms, including paranoia, depression, intense meth cravings, irritability, anxiety, and pain. The protracted phase can last many months and its ongoing symptoms include insomnia, cravings, difficulty making decisions, memory issues, and depression. The only time crystal meth withdrawal is dangerous is if a person experiences a severe psychosis and becomes a danger to others or his or herself.
  • OxyContin Detox - OxyContin is an opioid and should never be abruptly discontinued. Tapering off gradually is a procedure supervised by medical staff. Withdrawal symptoms develop when the previous drug level drops. Diverse treatments, including psychosocial and pharmacological are necessary to accommodate different individual needs. Some of the withdrawal symptoms include anxiety, insomnia, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and muscle cramps.
  • Heroin Detox - Heroin is an opiate and highly addictive. Withdrawal symptoms occur not only when a person is addicted, but also after heavy use. Symptoms of withdrawal include strong cravings for the drug, mood changes, pain, excessive amount of body fluids, fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, insomnia, and restlessness. Morphine and codeine are also opiates and exhibit similar withdrawal symptoms.

If you or a loved one are suffering from a substance addiction, medical detox is the safe option for recovery. Call Drug Treatment Centers Fort Myers today at (239) 362-9207 to find out how we can help you find treatment centers for your addiction.

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