Medical Detoxification Programs in Wichita KS

Medical detox is a process of medically supervised management of the rapidly progressing, and severe symptoms of withdrawal from drugs or alcohol. In medical detox, the patient is given medication to taper the elimination of drugs or alcohol from the body.

Reactions to the abrupt discontinuance of drug use can be alarming and stressful for the body. With medical detox, the tapering, or slowing of the process, relieves the strain on the individual and lessens the severity of the symptoms of withdrawal. The body begins to detox within 6-30 hours of the patient's last use of the controlled substance.

Find this and other addiction treatments by calling Wichita Drug Treatment Centers at (316) 768-4392.

Types of Detox Programs

  • Natural - Often termed "Cold turkey," this type of detox is completed without medication to relieve withdrawal symptoms. There is abrupt discontinuance of the substance and no tapering of the addiction.
  • Medicated detox - Withdrawal symptoms are managed through medication.
  • Medical detox - Patient is medially tapered off of the controlled substance, or a replacement drug may be utilized to slow the detox process.
  • Inpatient - Inpatient detox is supervised by medical personnel in a treatment facility or hospital.
  • Outpatient - This detox method is utilized with long-term methadone and suboxone medical replacement therapy for opiate detox. Detox may take several months to complete using this method.

Medications used for treatment include:

  • Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone) - A partial opioid agonist indicated for treatment of opioid dependence.
  • Methadone - An opioid, methadone reduces withdrawal symptoms and is used as a replacement drug for heroin during detoxification. It is also used during detox for other opiate drugs.
  • Naltrexone (Naltrexone hydrochloride) - Naltrexone is a pure opioid antagonist. It works by blocking the effects of opioids.
  • Antabuse (disulfiram) - Is used in cases of chronic alcohol abuse. Antabuse disrupts an enzyme that works with metabolizing alcohol. It is used to keep alcoholics from drinking by creating unpleasant side-effects such as nausea, vomiting, cramping, and more.

Why People Should Seek a Residential Treatment Center for Detox?

Detoxification and abstinence alone does not rid the body of cravings, urges, and the physical, emotional, and psychological symptoms of addiction. Drug and alcohol treatment is a complete program addressing all aspects of addiction. Elements of addiction such as the behavioral, psychological, and emotional components, are not relieved by ending drug use.

Without treatment, the addict is unprepared to deal with the mental and emotional issues they will face. Daily living will expose environmental and social triggers that can hamper recovery without the tools, education, support, and guidance gained through treatment and relapse prevention.

Detoxing in a home environment "cold turkey" is very dangerous. The detox process should be completed under medical supervision with trained staff, and is most efficiently done through the medical detox process. Withdrawal symptoms are serious and potentially life-threatening. An emergency cannot be properly anticipated in the home. Chances of a successful detox outcome are greatly lessened without the aid of medical supervision.

Residential drug treatment provides the recovering addict with supervised living accommodations that give the patient the opportunity to gradually assimilate into a normal environment and build a network of resources that they can use in their recovery.

Patients live in an atmosphere of community with other recovering addicts, gain the social skills, and develop through personal growth before moving back into the environments where they will be faced with stressors, triggers, and temptations. The inclusion of relapse prevention programs is especially useful for heroin and other opiate addicts due to the long-term emotional and psychological effects of those drug types.

If you, or someone you know, needs help or information call Wichita Drug Treatment Centers at (316) 768-4392. They can help.

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