Different types of detox methods can be used. The type of substance that was abused and the spectrum of withdrawal symptoms a patient experiences will influence what type of detox is appropriate.
At Desert Cove Recovery, we will recommend detox based on an initial assessment of your personal history. Depending on each person’s need, Desert Cove Recovery provides referrals to professional Arizona detox services under a physician’s order. Some of the types of detox that may be recommended include:
This form of detox is not recommended very often. However, in some cases of less severe addiction, an outpatient detox program with regular checkups by a treatment team may work. In cases where money is an issue, or a person must continue working, regularly going into an outpatient detox may help a person avoid relapse and ensure they have medical care should they need it.
For most people, an inpatient detox will be recommended. Inpatient detox is often the safest choice and offers the highest success rates. During an inpatient detox program, people will have the medical care they need around the clock.
Detox from opioids is often different than detox options for other substances. The FDA has approved several medications to help treat opioid addiction. These medications provide a different way to treat this type of addiction. Whether prescription medications or heroin are the opioids of choice, medication and inpatient detox care are recommended to begin the treatment of opioid addiction.
The medications used during opioid detox can help alleviate some of these substances’ more unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. The medication will gradually be tapered off, so the withdrawal symptoms are not as severe.
Withdrawal symptoms for opioid detox will vary based on whether the opioid of choice is long or short-acting. Heroin is a short-acting drug; withdrawal symptoms typically appear just a few hours after use and can go away after a few days. A longer-acting opioid such as painkillers may not have withdrawal symptoms until a few days after the last use, and the symptoms may last for weeks.