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Authored by Granite Recovery Centers    Reviewed by James Gamache    Last Updated: January 14th, 2022


James Gamache Medical Reviewer
Jim is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and Licensed Masters Level Addictions Counselor (MLADC). He has been working in the field of mental health/addiction treatment since 1995. Jim earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from Springfield College in 2000, and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Boston University in 2002. In 2002 Jim was hired by the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester holding the position of Clinical Case Manager. From 2004-2019, Jim was employed at WestBridge Inc. During his time at WestBridge, Jim held the following positions; Clinician, Team Leader, Director, & Chief Operations Officer. In 2019 Jim transitioned employment to GateHouse Treatment Center as the Clinical Director for 10 months. In October of 2020 Jim transitioned to Granite Recovery Centers and is currently serving as the Senior VP of Clinical Services and Quality Assurance.

Withdrawal is a painful situation that often traps many people in drug addiction, afraid to experience its agonizing symptoms. Thankfully, detox medications can help people overcome this pain and get through recovery. As a result, an addiction treatment program is often the right choice for people in this frustrating and dangerous situation. In order for them to safely remove the substance from their body, a supervised medical detox is theh safest option.

Granite Recovery Centers provides medical detoxification for people who do not need immediate medical intervention, are not a danger to themselves, and are capable of self-evacuation in the event of an emergency.

 

Medications Help Decrease Withdrawal Intensity

The medications used in detox help to provide people with the best chance of recovery success. When withdrawal hits, a person may experience a variety of painful symptoms. Including nausea, confusion, anxiety, seizures, hallucinations, and much more. When these occur, a person may feel compelled to continue using substances as a way of avoiding this type of intense pain.

In this way, withdrawal often creates a difficult cycle for a person. They may end up feeling like they are too weak to escape from the grips of addiction or that they simply lack the willpower. Willpower and strength have nothing to do with it – like cancer, addiction is a disease. Does a person who experiences a relapse in cancer lack willpower? Of course not.

As a result, individuals experiencing withdrawal need to take advantage of the various detox medications available for their care. These medicines help to manage a variety of painful symptoms and are suited for specific drugs. Fully understanding their benefits provides the best chance of overcoming the health issues related to this dangerous problem.

 

Types of Detox Medications

Medical providers and research specialists have created a broad array of unique care options that help to manage withdrawal from various drugs. Each of these substances must be carefully managed and administered to ensure that a person gets the best chance of recovery. Just a few of the most popular options for detox include:

  • Alcohol Withdrawal – Typical medications for alcohol withdrawal include benzodiazepines – to limit painful symptoms – barbiturates – used in limited cases – and anticonvulsants.
  • Opioid WithdrawalMethadone is one of the most common of the medications used in detox for opiates. Other care options include clonidine and buprenorphine.
  • Stimulant Withdrawal – Stimulants are often harder to treat with detox medications, though options like modafinil, bupropion, and disulfiram are in the early stages of testing.

The type of medication used will vary depending on a person’s needs. For example, agonists block the absorption of opiates in the body. As a result, a person will either experience no reaction or even get sick if they try to use substances. Often, this type of aversion therapy is the best choice for those who struggle to manage their craving for substances.

Therefore, people experiencing withdrawal from any type of drug should receive these medications. The administration method will vary. Some people may receive medications and take them at home. However, others will need the help of an addiction therapy specialist to ensure things go smoothly and to decrease the chance of developing more severe reactions, including the potential for coma or even death.

 

Receiving Proper Withdrawal Help

The trick to detoxification with medicines is to taper off the doses at a rate that minimizes withdrawal risk while also helping eliminate the need for the replacement drug. Trying to do this step at home or without professional help is not advisable because it is easy to either underdose or overdose. Therefore, medical care in a rehab center is typically the best step.

When getting medications for detox, it is essential to focus on evidence-based care to ensure that everything goes well. This treatment option ensures that an individual receives specialized treatment from experts who fully understand their addiction. They can give these medications to them in a way that minimizes withdrawal and helps avoid replacement addictions.

 

Come to Us for Expert Treatment

If you are interested in detox medications and getting your life back on track, contact us at Granite Recovery Centers. We not only have an exceptional detox program but also provide residential treatment, intensive outpatient care, sober living, and holistic care treatments. Services include individual and group counseling, dual-diagnosis, 12-step care, evidence-based treatment, behavioral treatments, and trauma care. Let us help you regain a sober life and call us now at 855.712.7784 for treatment.

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