Article provided by: Royal Life Detox
A crucial step in addiction treatment programs is the removal of addictive toxins from the body. You know an individual is addicted if he develops withdrawal symptoms once the toxins are removed from the body. Detoxification’s side effects may range from mild to severe, depending on the substance being abused and dependency level. In addition, the withdrawal symptoms may be physical or psychological and may be accompanied by cravings or fever. Medically assisted detox is recommended because stopping substance abuse suddenly may lead to cold turkey. Arizona detox at the Royal Life Centers is usually done in a controlled environment with 24-hour supervision. Medically assisted detox is recommended for addiction to prescription opioids, alcohol, heroin, and benzodiazepines.
Prescription opioids include narcotics such as morphine, Percocet, oxycontin, fentanyl, and codeine. The poppy plant is the source of these drugs. These drugs bind to the brain’s opioid receptors, which effectively blocks pain and creates a euphoric feeling. The DEA considers opioids to have little medicinal value and a high potential for abuse and dependency.
Prescription opioids claim more than 40 lives in the U.S. each year due to overdose. In addition, more than two million Americans are addicted to prescription opioids.
It is essential to manage this type of addiction with medically assisted detox first to prevent adverse withdrawal symptoms. Some of the withdrawal symptoms of prescription opioids include:
- Agitation and irritability
- Muscle aches
- Nausea that may be accompanied by vomiting
- Runny nose
One in 80 adults between the age of 18 and 80 has been prescribed benzodiazepines. This is one of the most prescribed psychiatric drugs in the U.S. Benzodiazepines act on the central nervous system, creating a calming effect that minimizes panic and anxiety and helps the user sleep. Benzodiazepines are categorized as prescription tranquilizers; they slow down the heart rate and respiration, creating a calming and relaxing effect. Common benzodiazepines include Librium, valium, Ativan, Klonopin, and Xanax.
The withdrawal symptoms of opioids and benzodiazepines are usually mild or moderate. On the other hand, stopping alcohol intake abruptly can cause adverse withdrawal symptoms that may be life-threatening. Alcohol stimulates the central nervous system to release the pleasure hormone dopamine.
More than 16 million people in the U.S suffer from alcohol addiction. Many people in the U.S. population admit to binge or excessive drinking. Some of the withdrawal symptoms from alcohol include nausea, headache, muscle aches, nightmares, short-term memory loss, sweating, dehydration, and depression. Severe withdrawal symptoms such as seizures, confusion, hallucinations, and agitation are often caused by delirium tremens, a life-threatening withdrawal symptom.
Royal Life Centers offers safe detox performed by trained specialists in our specialized facilities. When patients visit our facilities for addiction treatment, we assess their situation carefully and recommend the best treatment option for them. We understand that people respond to treatment in unique ways, which is why we tailor our detox program to meet patients’ needs.
Are you looking for a place to get started? Contact Royal Life Centers at 877-732-6837.