Medical Detox

01Medical Detox


Drug detox is necessary to allow the body to adjust slowly to a change in toxin levels when it’s become physically dependent on a substance.

Before starting detox, our medical staff determines the type of detoxification necessary for each patient. We assess which detox works best by analyzing the what, how, when and why: what drugs were used, how much was taken, when did the abuse start, and why did the patient choose to do this– were there any mental disorders contributing to the issue?

Every patient is unique

Adults requiring medical detox need special consideration on a case by case scenario. We tailor all our detox treatments to the individual needs of the patient, in every age group. The medical needs of a twenty-five year old will be different than that of a fifty-five year old, and we strive to make all of our patients comfortable throughout the detox treatment and beyond.

Pregnancy Drug Detox: Two Lives to Save

In the case of expecting mothers, the mother and the baby’s substance dependence is an important factor to consider during drug detox. Our professional medical staff will address both the mother and the pregnancy to bring back both to a healthier state.

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The primary goal of detox, whether it is drugs or alcohol, is to safely manage undesirable withdrawal symptoms. It is important to note that every person may experience different symptoms associated with drug or alcohol detoxification.

Medically Guided Detoxification

Various types of medications are used during drug detox to help patients deal with the effects of the drugs leaving the body. The type of drug and the dosages taken over the short and long term will have a direct impact on the severity and length of detoxification and any associated withdrawal symptoms. In most cases medically guided detoxification is the best option. While detox can be done at home, it can be dangerous and even life threatening. Medical supervision is the best way to avoid serious issues such as dehydration or seizures.


Comprehensive Review

Evaluation is the first order of business when preparing to detox. Medical professionals will screen an incoming patient for any mental health or physical health related issues. This may also include blood tests to determine the level of drugs currently in the patient’s body and a comprehensive review of the patient’s medical history. The next step involves the stabilization process related to detoxification. This is typically done using psychological and medical therapy.

Withdrawal Symptoms

The main objective of stabilization in any detox program is to ensure that no harm comes to the patient. This process may include prescribing medications that have proven successful over the years in treating addiction. These medications are also used to prevent complications and lessen the effects of sometimes overwhelming withdrawal symptoms. The final step in the process involves preparing the patient for entry into treatment. The patient is familiarized with the treatment process and what they can expect. Keep in mind that an inpatient detox program is usually the best way to achieve long-lasting success following detox.

Dangerous Side Effects

There are a number of side effects that can be expected when going through drug detox or detoxification for alcohol addiction. Medical detox helps patients to better deal with the painful and potentially dangerous side effects of this type of experience. Drug and alcohol withdrawal may cause any of the following common side effects:

  • Mood swings
  • Weakness throughout the body and in the muscles
  • Nausea and a general feeling of sickness
  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness or anxiety

Another important consideration is that of the dangers associated with detoxing during pregnancy. Women who are pregnant should understand that the detoxification process, especially when done “cold turkey,” could result in undue stress placed upon the unborn child. Preterm labor, as well as dangerously severe fetal distress, can result when detoxing while pregnant. Working with detox specialists is absolutely essential while pregnant as a way to keep the baby and mother safe and healthy throughout the entire process.


In addition, there are several approved drugs that are routinely used to help people detox in a safe way while reducing withdrawal symptoms. There are different drugs used for heroin addiction, alcohol addiction, and even cocaine addiction. Detox specialists are trained to identify the type of addiction and to then apply the most appropriate medication as necessary. Medications used for detoxification from drugs are often designed to mimic the effects of the drug in order to reduce withdrawal symptoms.

Working with a Support Group

Finally, patients should know that there is life after detox and that the patient’s quality of life is greatly improved once addiction to drugs or alcohol has been eliminated. While detoxification is always the first step in addiction treatment, there is much more to a successful recovery. In essence, those who are addicted to drugs and alcohol must also be treated for psychological addiction. Counseling and working with a support group or participating in an inpatient rehab program is usually the best way to address these issues. Transitioning to a healthier and happier life is clearly possible through drug and alcohol detoxification. Contact Family Center for Recovery today to learn more