Inpatient Detox


Inpatient detox is the process of purging the body of addictive substances and lessening the effects of withdrawal on an inpatient basis. When you arrive at inpatient detox, medical professionals will take a thorough history. They will then design a protocol based on your specific needs.


Withdrawal from an addictive substance can be very painful and, in some cases, life threatening. This is why inpatient detox is so helpful. In inpatient detox, staff can monitor you to make sure that the withdrawal process to ensure that is safe. In addition, you will be given medication to manage the symptoms of the withdrawal. Often, when people try to quit using an addictive substance at home, they end up relapsing just to relieve the discomfort. In an inpatient detox setting, medical professionals are able to manage these uncomfortable symptoms.


In an inpatient detox setting, you will also be given other kinds of therapy to help with withdrawal. Besides medication, you will be given treatments like massage, acupuncture, and healthy nutritious food. Inpatient detox is aimed at getting you weaned off drugs and alcohol in the most comfortable way possible.


Outpatient detox


Detox is the process of ridding the body of addictive substances and managing the symptoms of withdrawal. When the body becomes dependent on a substance, stopping or lessening the dose of the substance results in withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms can range from slightly uncomfortable to life threatening.


In some cases, medical staff may recommend detox on an outpatient basis. For less severe addictions, you may be able to detox in the comfort of your own home.  In outpatient detox, medical staff will give you medications which you will take at home. Some of these may be “replacement medications” meaning that they have similar effects to the drug you are dependent on. You may also be given medications to manage specific withdrawal symptoms, like blood pressure medication or muscle relaxers to manage muscle tightness. You will then be slowly tapered off of the replacement medications. In outpatient detox, you must return to the facility on a regular basis to receive the medications and so the staff can monitor your progress.


Outpatient detox is not indicated for certain substances or addictions. If physical addiction is severe and/or withdrawal may be life threatening, most places will recommend an inpatient detox.


Opiate detox


Opiates are a class of drugs that are derived from the opium poppy plant. Drugs like heroin, morphine, oxycodone, opana, and kratom are all considered opiates. Opiates are highly addictive, and withdrawal can be very painful.


Opiate detox is the process of weaning a person off of opiates and controlling the withdrawal symptoms.  Withdrawal symptoms are the physical effects of purging the body of addictive substances. It occurs when a person becomes tolerant to a drug.

Tolerance results when the body adapts to regular opiate use over a long period of time. Eventually, it takes more and more of the opiate to produce the original effect. This is what happens to long term opiate users. Their bodies expect the opiates. When opiate use is stopped or the dose is significantly reduced, the body reacts in a physical way. This is why the opiate detox process is so important. In opiate detox, medical staff can administer medications to manage your withdrawal symptoms and ensure that the process is both safe and comfortable.


Withdrawal from opiates can cause unpleasant symptoms. Some common opiate withdrawal symptoms include extreme pain, tremors, muscle cramps, sweating, chills, rapid heartbeat, itching, restless leg syndrome, runny nose, sneezing, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and weakness.


In opiate detox, medical professionals administer medication to manage these symptoms. They often give “replacement” medications to lessen the effects of withdrawal. Beyond the “replacement” medications like buprenorphine or methadone, you will also be given meds to treat muscle spasms, high blood pressure, anxiety, and insomnia.  They also monitor your vital signs to ensure that the process is safe.