Recovery From Addiction Begins In Our Medical Detox Program
What Is a Medical Detox Program?
A medical detox program is the first step for seeking help for drug or alcohol addiction. When a person is dependent on drugs or alcohol and stops using, they can experience powerful withdrawal symptoms ranging from unpleasant to life-threatening. By detoxing in a medical center, you will avoid the dangers of an at-home detox. Our detox center is staffed with caring medical staff trained to help patients manage their withdrawal symptoms. Nursing care is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to ensure safe detoxification.
While the length and severity of withdrawal symptoms vary between substances, we recommend contacting us if you intend to detox. The discomfort of withdrawal commonly leads people right back to using when they detox at home. Detoxing at home is also less effective long-term since the underlying cause of the addiction remains untreated. Our detox center is not a typical hospital setting but a healing center. Our CARF accredited program ensures you will experience safe medical detoxification that is partnered with effective therapy techniques designed to maximize the potential for success.
How Detox Works at Midwest Detox Center
The Intake Process
Every patient is unique. Upon admission to our facility, our medical and clinical staff will perform a comprehensive assessment of your mental, physical, and emotional health. Your individualized treatment plan will be designed based upon your history of substance use and other health factors.
Stabilization through medical and psychological therapy is essential to our admission process. Our goal is to ensure the safety of every person in our care throughout their stay with us. Stabilization is designed to effectively minimize dangerous withdrawal symptoms and maximize your comfort.
Our staff will help you build a solid foundation for long-term recovery. Our medical detox program will expose you to the types of therapy in treatment. No matter where you choose to receive treatment after detox, our team is committed to supporting you as you continue in early recovery.
What Medications Are Used in Our Medical Detox Center in Ohio
Medical detox involves a tapering process in which a dose of a medication is gradually lowered over time to wean the person off of the drug. It is common for people who suffer from addiction to opiates or opioids to be switched to a replacement prescription medication. Next, the person is weaned off that replacement drug. In addition to the medications listed below, a medical detox program will use conventional over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and stomach medications for diarrhea or constipation, both common withdrawal side-effects depending upon the substance used.
Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist approved for use in 2002 by the Food and Drug Administration. Buprenorphine was developed as an alternative to methadone. This medication, sold under the brand name Subutex, is ideal for treating addiction to opioid-based prescription medication and heroin. As a partial opioid agonist, buprenorphine binds to the same receptors in the brain as opioid drugs like heroin and hydrocodone. While it produces mild euphoria and respiratory depression, it is not as potent as full opioid agonists and does not induce the same type of high. Buprenorphine can help ease opioid cravings and reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms. Buprenorphine has a longer half-life, which means it stays in the body longer than opiates helping to reduce cravings. At Midwest Detox Center, we can put you on a buprenorphine taper that will break your body’s physical dependence on opiates.
Suboxone (Buprenorphine and Naloxone)
Suboxone is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist. When used in detox under proper medical supervision, the buprenorphine in Suboxone eases opioid withdrawal symptoms and cravings. The naloxone component of the drug acts as an anti-tampering medication, preventing people from abusing buprenorphine. In large doses, buprenorphine can induce similar effects as full opioid agonists. If someone abuses Suboxone by injecting or crushing and snorting the medication, the naloxone component prevents the buprenorphine from binding to opioid receptors. This causes the individual to go into withdrawal instead of getting high.
Vivitrol (Naltrexone) is an opioid antagonist prescribed to individuals undergoing medical detox from opiate drugs like heroin, morphine, or oxycodone. Naltrexone binds to opioid receptors in the brain and prevents opiate drugs from binding to these sites. Vivitrol injection is used to prevent relapse in people who became dependent on opioid medicine and then stopped using it. Vivitrol injection is also used to treat alcoholism by reducing your urge to drink alcohol. This may help you drink less or stop drinking altogether.
Benzodiazepines reduce the potential for seizures, delirium, and other withdrawal symptoms associated with alcohol use disorder. In our detox program, people being treated for alcohol addiction are commonly prescribed Librium (chlordiazepoxide), Valium (diazepam), or Ativan (lorazepam). These medications treat anxiety and panic disorders but are also effective in helping wean an individual off of alcohol.
While there are several medications to help with opiate or alcohol detox, there are no specific medications to treat withdrawal from cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamines, and other types of drugs. Detox from these substances consists of withdrawal symptom management through comfort medications and addiction therapy.
Psychotropic Medications for Dual Diagnosis
We specialize in providing medical detox services for people with co-occurring mental health disorders. Some medications used for those with a dual-diagnosis include:
- Zoloft–This medication is a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) that is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), social anxiety disorder, and panic disorder.
- Wellbutrin–Wellbutrin is used as a smoking cessation aid and antidepressant. It is used to treat depression and help people quit smoking. Wellbutrin can also prevent depression caused by seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
- Zyprexa–This drug is an antipsychotic used to treat mental disorders, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.