We know the circumstances where a medical detox is necessary and which facilities offer a safe solution and a high level of residential treatment to follow. Many medical doctors who manage a detox process are also clinically trained in addiction psychiatry to address behavioral care. This is optimal, doctoral level detox and behavioral care from day one occurring simultaneously.
The additional stress and anxiety of a withdrawal process is very real for a client about to enter treatment. Modern and non-narcotic medications are used to greatly reduce the physical and psychological discomfort from withdrawal.
Opiates and Benzodiazepines (Xanax), are the primary drugs that require a physician supervised medical detox. While opiate detox can be rough, there is no health risk during withdrawal. Non-narcotic and modern medications are used to greatly reduce discomfort during the initial detox phase. Xanax and other benzodiazepines are similar to an alcohol detox in terms of health risk. There are high risks for seizure and stroke without a medically managed detox.
We know the facilities that are licensed and staffed for inpatient detox services along with those that claim to be, but are not. We recommend only fully accredited and licensed addiction treatment centers.
For severe alcoholism a medical detox is necessary. Withdrawal leads to high risks for stroke and seizure and the process should be managed by a medical doctor.
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