Drug and Alcohol Detox for Fargo, North Dakota
Detox facilities have been serving people in the Fargo, North Dakota area for over a decade. Detox programs offer a safe, clinically supervised process that helps clients take their first step toward recovery.
The goal of the detoxification process (also called detox) is to cleanse drugs and toxins from the body. For many, this is a crucial first part of the recovery process. Detox needs differ from person to person, and many times the “cold turkey” technique isn’t safe.
The prospect of detox may be daunting to some people. Rest assured, we take every precaution to make sure that detox is safe and appropriate for each client. For any questions, or to talk to a detox specialist, call 701-380-5836 today!
Types of Detox
The two most common kinds of detox are medically supervised withdrawal and social detoxification. Addiction professionals will choose either method depending on:
- the type of drug being abused
- period of abuse
- age of the client
- the psychological state of the client
- the physical well-being of the client
- what type of environment the experts think will be the most beneficial to the client
People who benefit most from medically supervised withdrawal include individuals addicted to:
- pain medications (prescription or pharmaceutical)
- barbiturates or sedatives
- opioids (heroin, OxyContin7, codeine)
These drugs have particularly unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Detox aids can help reduce these symptoms. However, only a medical doctor can prescribe these aids.
In addition, anyone who is affected by severe alcoholism, or who has been abusing alcohol with other substances, should participate in medically supervised withdrawal.
The medications used during detox help patients avoid potentially serious medical conditions, such as hallucinations, seizures, or other physical and mental issues.
Additionally, anybody who has ever experienced hallucinations or seizures, has a serious illness, or has been diagnosed with certain psychological diseases requires medically supervised withdrawal to be able to safely wean themselves off of drugs and alcohol.
Social detoxification is better suited for people who are expected to only experience mild withdrawal symptoms from using drugs such as:
- occasional opioid use
- occasional alcohol use
In this method, nurses and therapists monitor the client’s health and support them through the symptoms of withdrawal without the use of medication.
Social detoxification requires that clients live together in a “social” environment. They aren’t segregated in institution-like rooms while they detox.
This prepares people for a rehab program where they’ll be living with and working alongside other people in recovery.
Medical and clinical experts know that different drugs result in a wide range of withdrawal symptoms, which is why expert guidance is crucial for the detox process.
Depressants (for instance, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, and alcohol) usually require a progressive reduction of the drug, while at the same time prescribed medications can be used to prevent against potential:
- increased blood pressure
- higher heart rate
- higher body temperature
Stimulants (including amphetamines, methamphetamine, cocaine, and Ritalin) typically have mild withdrawal symptoms that only require emotional support from family members, friends, and counselors. When appropriate, psychiatrists may prescribe medications to avoid stimulant psychosis, which can result in:
- suicidal feelings
- suicide attempts
Opiates (including heroin, morphine, codeine, and OxyContin) can lead to withdrawal symptoms with a range of health risks, like:
- runny nose
- rapid pulse
- quick breathing
- bone sensitivity
- muscle pain
Take the First Step Towards Freedom
For many people, detox is the most important first step towards recovery. However, it’s ONLY a first step, and isn’t a substitute for a rehabilitation program. Some facilities don’t offer support after the completion of detox, but we understand that it is very easy to relapse after detox if the addict doesn’t begin rehab. If used with rehabilitation and other drug/ alcohol abuse treatment methods, detoxification will be an effective first step to breaking free from drug and alcohol abuse. The combination of these treatments provide the best chance of success. Recovery is possible. Our knowledgeable recovery specialists are available 24 hours a day to answer questions pertaining to detox, rehab, treatment, and treatment facilities, so call 701-380-5836 now!