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Differences in Types of Detox
Differences in Type of Detox

Alcohol Detox

Alcohol withdrawal is one of the most dangerous forms of withdrawal, especially without proper medical care. The abrupt cessation of intake may result in symptoms only within hours of the last drink and these symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable. Depending on the amount and frequency of alcohol intake, complete detox from alcohol can take anywhere from 3 to 14 days or even longer. Some of the most common physical and psychological symptoms that may result from alcohol detoxification may include mild symptoms like nausea, headaches, perspiration, vomiting, agitation, restlessness, insomnia, and loss of appetite. More severe effects include the disruption of the autonomic system, which may result in convulsions or seizures, auditory and/or visual hallucinations, and the most severe, Delirium Tremens (DT). An estimated 1 in 4 patients have high risk of withdrawal seizure from alcohol when not properly medicated during the detox stage. This is why alcohol detox often requires medications that induce similar effects as alcohol to reduce this risk. Tapering amounts of alcohol intake can also reduce withdrawal effects, although this may also mean longer periods of detoxification.

Drug Detox

Benzodiazepine Detox

Benzodiazepines or tranquilizers, depressants, and sedatives like Xanax, Valium, and Klonapin slow down the CNS (central nervous system) activity. These highly addictive substances are among the most dangerous to detox from, as they pose high risks of seizure.

Opiate Detox

Opiate drugs like methadone, heroin, and different kinds of prescription painkillers require detox and the length and mode of the process largely depends upon the frequency and amount of drug usage. Going cold turkey or dramatically reducing intake of opiate-based drugs after heavy or prolonged use will likely result in extremely difficult withdrawal. This is why supervised detox is recommended to manage withdrawal symptoms safely.

Methamphetamine Detox

When smoked, snorted, or injected, methamphetamines can cause a powerful rush of adrenaline, causing heightened excitement, euphoria, and exhilaration. As such, addiction can be instant and intense and while detoxification from meth often does not require strict supervision, cravings for the drug can be too intense for a recovering addict to get past by himself. This is why different techniques have been developed to reduce risks of relapse during and after detox.

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