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Detox Programs

For over a decade, we have been helping men and women in the Burlington, AL area overcome addiction to drugs and alcohol. Our Detox program is a safe, clinically supervised facility that helps patients take their first step towards becoming clean and sober. The goal of the detoxification process (sometimes called detox) is to cleanse drugs and harmful substances from the body. However, it is very important to remember the difference between detox and rehabilitation. Detox alone is not treatment. Detox therapies vary depending on which drug is being abused, and “cold turkey” strategies are not suitable for all kinds of addiction, so it’s best if detox is done in a regulated, medically supervised environment. Although some people find the possibility of detox frightening, our facilities take precautions to ensure that detox is safe and appropriate for each and every patient. To speak with a detox specialist, call us at 205-736-8089.

For over a decade, we have been helping men and women in the Birmingham, AL area overcome addiction to drugs and alcohol. Our Detox program is a safe, clinically supervised facility that helps patients take their first step towards becoming clean and sober. The goal of the detoxification process (sometimes called detox) is to cleanse drugs and harmful substances from the body. However, it is very important to remember the difference between detox and rehabilitation. Detox alone is not treatment. Detox therapies vary depending on which drug is being abused, and “cold turkey” strategies are not suitable for all kinds of addiction, so it’s best if detox is done in a regulated, medically supervised environment. Although some people find the possibility of detox frightening, our facilities take precautions to ensure that detox is safe and appropriate for each and every patient. To speak with a detox specialist, call us as soon as possible!

Types of Detox

The two sorts of detox are medically supervised withdrawal and social detoxification. Health care specialists might select one or the other depending upon:

  • the type of drug being abused
  • length of use
  • age of the client
  • the psychological state of the patient
  • the physical well-being of the patient
  • what sort of atmosphere the experts think will likely be most beneficial to the patient

People who benefit most from medically supervised withdrawal include those that have been hooked on:

  • alcohol
  • pain medications (prescription or pharmaceutical)
  • barbiturates or sedatives
  • opioids (heroin, OxyContin7, codeine)

The particularly nasty and painful withdrawal symptoms of these substances can be minimized by certain detox medicines that can only be prescribed by a doctor. People who use drugs along with alcohol, or who’ve been suffering from serious alcoholism, are advised to participate in medically supervised withdrawal. Medically supervised withdrawal facilities can provide medications that prevent health conditions due to withdrawal, like hallucinations, seizures, or other physical and psychological issues people experience while trying to quit cold turkey. Medically supervised withdrawal is also strongly recommended for any person that has ever experienced hallucinations or seizures, has a major illness, or has been diagnosed with particular mental illnesses.

Social detoxification is most effective for those who are expected to only experience mild to moderate withdrawal symptoms, from addictions to drugs such as:

  • marijuana
  • cocaine
  • methamphetamine
  • occasional opioid use
  • occasional alcohol use

In this type of detox, clients are supervised by medical staff and therapists that oversee the clients’ well-being, and also try to help them during the cravings of withdrawal without the use of medications. Social detoxification is a “social” process; that means clients aren’t segregated in hospital-like rooms but are living together while they detox. This helps addicts to prepare for a treatment program, where they will be working towards recovery in conjunction with a group of other addicts.

Our Rehab Center’s Techniques

Our facilities in the Birmingham, Alabama area provide a program that offers detox with the understanding that different kinds of drugs can result in a variety of different withdrawal symptoms. Depressants, like barbiturates, benzodiazepines, and alcohol, can cause:

  • hallucinations
  • tremors
  • seizures
  • higher blood pressure
  • increased heart rate
  • increased body temperature

Withdrawing from stimulants (for example, amphetamines, methamphetamine, cocaine, and Ritalin) doesn’t usually require much more than emotional support from family, loved ones, and therapists. However, it isn’t uncommon for habitual stimulants-abusers to need medication to avert symptoms of stimulant psychosis, which can cause:

  • suicidal thoughts
  • suicide attempts
  • paranoia
  • psychosis

Opiates, such as heroin, morphine, codeine, and OxyContin, can result in withdrawal symptoms that are minor or major health dangers, like:

  • runny nose
  • sweating
  • anxiousness
  • depression
  • quickening pulse
  • rapid breathing
  • bone sensitivity
  • muscle pain
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea

Take the First Step

Although in some cases detox is an essential first step, it is ONLY a first step, and not meant to take the place of the rehabilitation, or rehab, process. Though many facilities don’t provide reinforcement to follow up after detox, Our treatment center understands how easy it is to relapse after detox if the addict doesn’t start treatment. Detox Facilities Birmingham uses detox in tandem with rehab and other drug and alcohol abuse treatment methods so that detox is a solid first step. Total recovery is possible, and addicts are much more successful if detox is utilized in combination with drug and alcohol treatment. If you or someone you love is in the Birmingham, AL Area, and are in need of detox, rehab, and treatment, or detox and rehab facilities give us a call our professional recovery specialists at 205-736-8089.