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Which Substances Absolutely Require Medical Detox?

Medical detox is a safe and comfortable way to withdrawal from drugs or alcohol. It can be beneficial for every substances and always has better success rates than those who try to quit on their own. Although medical detox is always recommended for any substance addiction, some substances require medical attention.

All drugs have some form of withdrawal. Whether it be physical or just psychological, a person will always feel noticeable effects of quitting drugs. These are short term symptoms but in some cases they can be deadly. It is important to learn in which cases it is absolutely necessary to go to medical detox.

Some drugs, like heroin, have strong physical withdrawal symptoms. Although these are extremely uncomfortable, it is very unlikely to cause lethal symptoms. Medical detox can be highly beneficial for heroin addiction and is always recommended, but in an emergency or lack of ability to obtain heroin, the withdrawal symptoms rarely cause seizures, coma, or death.

Marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine usually all cause fatigue, emotional withdrawal, and depression. These symptoms may be dangerous in regards to causing suicidal thoughts, but the withdrawal from these drugs rarely causes fatal symptoms. Medical detox and medication can greatly assist with withdrawal symptoms and is still highly recommended.

There are some substances where medical detox is absolutely necessary. These drugs create a strong physical dependence which causes the body to shut down once they are removed. This can cause grand mal seizures, coma, and even death. The next list of substances should never be handled lightly, and if one is using any of these drugs every day medical detox or hospitalization should be seeked before quitting. Never try to quit these substances on one’s own will.

Alcohol

Although alcohol is among the most used substances in the world, it is also extremely addicting. Alcohol dependence can cause powerful seizures or coma. Alcohol withdrawal also causes severe tremors, disorientation, and confusion. Motor skills are also impacted greatly and often leaves a person dysfunctional.

Alcohol withdrawal requires what is called a taper. Tapers are typical benzodiazepines or other anticonvulsive drugs. These allow the body to come off drugs slowly rather than suddenly Sudden lack of alcohol is what causes the body to shut down.

Not only do tapers make the withdrawal safe, but they also make it much more comfortable. Tremors are reduced as well as nausea, anxiety, depression, and restless legs. In alcohol detox a person is always monitored 24/7 to ensure safety and comfort. Sleeping medications along with blood pressure medicines are also used which significantly reduces pain.

Benzodiazepines

Benzos are prescription anxiety and anticonvulsive narcotics. They include Xanax (alprazolam), Klonopin (clonazepam), Librium, Valium, and many others. They are used to treat severe anxiety as well as panic attacks and seizures. Benzos are another drug that can cause lethal withdrawal.

Benzodiazepine addiction is often very insidious. Sometimes one does not even know they are addicted until it is too late. Often people assume they are safe because they are prescribed by their doctor. Often long term prescription are avoided because of their risk.

Benzo withdrawal causes severe discomfort and grand mal seizures. Withdrawal can also even lead to coma or death. Seizures can also lead to accidents resulting in death, or falls resulting in brain injury. Seizures themselves can also cause brain damage. This is why it is so important to seek medical help prior to deciding to quit benzos.

Benzo detox should never be conducted at home, even if one plans to taper down. A regulated and monitored taper will be used in a hospital where medical staff can be sure the right amount is being used. Even lower amounts than usual can cause seizures.

Barbiturates

Barbiturates are not as commonly used today as they once were. They are prescription drugs used to treat anxiety and insomnia. Because of the addictive nature, risk of overdose, and severity of withdrawal, the use of these drugs has been drastically reduced.

Barbiturates cause the body to become physically addicted, resulting in lethal symptoms if stopped suddenly. Barbiturate withdrawal can cause seizures, disorientation, or coma. A barbiturate taper is used in medical detox to bring a person of the drug slowly. Similar to other drugs, this results in more comfort as well as significantly reduced risk of convulsions.

Fentanyl

Medical detox is highly recommended for opiate withdrawal, but fentanyl has even more risks, and it may be necessary. Fentanyl is an extremely powerful synthetic opiod that is 100 times stronger than morphine. It is often prescribed to patients with severe chronic pain.

Severe fentanyl dependence can cause dangerous withdrawal symptoms like seizures. This is fairly rare, but is the only opioid that has shown to cause seizures. Always take caution when prescribed fentanyl and talk to a doctor before quitting.