Medical detox is the process of eliminating drugs and alcohol from the body while under the care and supervision of health care professionals. Addiction is a serious chronic condition that requires the assistance of professional monitoring, medical treatment, therapy, and relapse prevention.
Depending on the extent of the addiction and the type of substance abused, an addict's body and brain typically respond with powerful, relentless cravings that may seem impossible to resist. The experienced staff at Philadelphia Medial Detox Centers understands the undesirable effects of substance withdrawal and closely manages your responses to medical detox. We do our best to slowly wean you from the dependence of drugs or alcohol for a safer and more comfortable transition to a state of balance and health.
Perhaps you have tried to stop drinking or taking drugs and have found it impossible to endure the anxiety, physical disturbances and powerful cravings of an alcohol or drug detox. Drug treatment centers in Philadelphia provide a safer treatment that eases the body into a healthy, drug-free state. In addition, certain classes of drugs can cause serious health risks if not monitored by a physician. If you are addicted to a prescription medication, such as Vicodin, oxycodone or other opiates, you may require a medically assisted drug treatment for a safe withdrawal. Dependence on drugs in the Valium family, such as Xanax, klonopin, temazepam and other benzodiazepines, can also result in serious health problems if a detox is not monitored.
The experienced professionals at drug and alcohol treatment centers in Philadelphia are trained to anticipate the emotional and physical responses to drug and alcohol treatment. As part of the detox process, the staff also observes your mental health and vital signs to apply the necessary medical assistance that may be required to assure your well-being.
An alcohol or drug detox can also result in health risks if not supervised by a medical team of professionals. We strongly advise that people who are alcohol dependent refrain from quitting without medical supervision. For certain people, alcohol withdrawal may cause high blood pressure, rapid heart rate or blood sugar issues that need to be addressed by a qualified doctor. Healthcare professionals provide the appropriate medical care that assures a safer and more comfortable treatment process.
The symptoms of withdrawal can be physical, mental or both. Physical withdrawal symptoms include sweating, chest tightness, heart palpitations, irritability, breathing difficulties, tremors and stomach upset.
Mental and emotional withdrawal symptoms include depression, anxiety, headaches, inability to concentrate and isolation from friends and family. The addict may also experience insomnia and restlessness. In some instances, the symptoms may be severe and require medical intervention. If seizures, severe chest pain, hallucinations or delirium tremens are noticed or experienced, the addict should seek immediate medical attention.
Recovering from an addiction is challenging, and many addicts don't make it past the first stage of withdrawal. That's why getting help for addiction is paramount. We will help you navigate through the stages of withdrawal.
The acute stage is where the alcohol or drug addict experiences the physical symptoms of withdrawal and extreme cravings. This stage can last up to two weeks and usually needs medical intervention and observation to ensure the addict isn't experiencing life-threatening symptoms.
The post-acute stage can last two years or longer. This is why most former addicts tend to refer to themselves as a recovering alcoholic or recovering addict. This phrase reminds them that they are still occasionally tempted to return to their old habits. During the post-acute stage, the symptoms are mostly mental, and the addict will wish that they could use again.