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We provide a safe, clinically supervised facility that helps clients take their first step toward sobriety. Detoxification, usually called detox, is a procedure used to expel drugs and toxins from the body. Detox, however, is not to be mixed up with rehabilitation, as it is only one step in the process. Detox concerns vary from person to person, and, in most instances, the ‘cold turkey’ technique isn’t appropriate. In fact ‘cold turkey’ can even be unhealthy, or fatal in a few circumstances, so our team uses safe and verified strategies that treat each patient as individuals with different detox needs. Contact us to speak with a knowledgeable detox expert. Call 504-384-7870 now!
Types of Detox
The two kinds of detox are medically supervised withdrawal, and social detoxification. Health care specialists may choose medically supervised withdrawal or social detoxification depending upon:
- the type of drug being abused
- length of addiction
- age of the patient
- psychological state of the patient
- physical well-being of the client
- the type environment the professionals believe will be the most useful to the patient
Social detoxification is most effective for those in New Orleans who are expected to only experience mild to moderate withdrawal symptoms from drugs such as:
- infrequent opioid use
- occasional alcohol use
This kind of detox most often doesn’t require medications, but clients are monitored by nurses and therapists that manage the patients’ health and condition closely, and assist the client during their cravings of withdrawal. During social detoxification, patients aren’t separated into hospital-like rooms as they detox, but are encouraged to live alongside and socialize with other people that are in recovery. This type of detox prepares people for a rehab program where they will be living with and working alongside other addicts in recovery.
People who benefit the most from medically supervised withdrawal include those that are addicted to:
- pain medications (prescription or pharmaceutical)
- barbiturates or sedatives
- opioids (heroin, OxyContin7, codeine)
These drugs in particular have very nasty, painful withdrawal symptoms, most of which can be mitigated by certain detox medications that can only be prescribed by a professional. Participation in medically supervised withdrawal is vital for people suffering from severe alcoholism, or who are abusing alcohol alongside different substances. Medically supervised withdrawal uses medicines to control medical conditions that can develop because of withdrawal, such as hallucinations, seizures, or other physical and psychological problems that can result from withdrawing ‘cold turkey’ from alcohol, and other substances. Medically supervised withdrawal is strongly suggested for anybody who has ever experienced hallucinations or seizures, has a serious illness, or has been diagnosed with particular mental illnesses.
Our Facility’s Treatment Techniques
Different substances are responsible for a variety of withdrawal symptoms, which is why our facility provides so many detox services. Depressants (for example, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, and alcohol) normally require a steady reduction of the substance while at the same time utilizing medication to help with potential:
- increased blood pressure
- increased heart rate
- increased body temperature
Stimulants, like amphetamines, methamphetamine, cocaine, and Ritalin, generally have uncomplicated withdrawal symptoms that usually require emotional support from family members, friends, and counselors. Sometimes stimulants-abusers to require medication because they have developed stimulant psychosis, which can cause:
- suicidal thoughts
- suicide attempts
- paranoid thoughts
Withdrawal symptoms from opiates (including heroin, morphine, codeine, and OxyContin) vary from:
- runny nose
- quickening pulse
- quickening breathing
- bone sensitivity
- muscle pain
Take the First Step
Detox doesn’t replace a treatment program, but it’s a necessary first step towards recovering from addiction for plenty of people in New Orleans, LA. Unlike other detox centers, our programs centers offers reinforcement through and after a detoxification process because they take into account how easy it can be to relapse after becoming sober. Our facility uses detox in conjunction with rehabilitation and other drug and alcohol abuse treatment methods, so that detox remains effective beyond the first step. Recovery is attainable, but addicts are more successful if detox is used in combination with drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Call our professional recovery experts at 504-384-7870 for additional information regarding detox, rehab, and treatment, or to locate detox and treatment facilities.