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What is the alcohol or drug addiction detox process?

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Dr. Felix Brizuela
Neurology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Slow withdrawal

You are placed on medication with similar sedative like process to each and withdrawn in a stepwise fashion.
Much quicker in the case of alcohol, couple weeks vs. At times months with opioids.

In brief: Slow withdrawal

You are placed on medication with similar sedative like process to each and withdrawn in a stepwise fashion.
Much quicker in the case of alcohol, couple weeks vs. At times months with opioids.
Dr. Felix Brizuela
Dr. Felix Brizuela
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Dr. Gregg Albers
Addiction Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Detox

When a patient withdraws he has uncomfortable symptoms, withdrawing from benzodiazepines or alcohol, can have seizures, and gets dts , can die.
Medications are used to reduce the withdrawal symptoms, and to reduce the risk of seizures and death. Addicted individuals who have less severe withdrawal symptoms are more likely to finish treatment and have a lesser rate of relapse.

In brief: Detox

When a patient withdraws he has uncomfortable symptoms, withdrawing from benzodiazepines or alcohol, can have seizures, and gets dts , can die.
Medications are used to reduce the withdrawal symptoms, and to reduce the risk of seizures and death. Addicted individuals who have less severe withdrawal symptoms are more likely to finish treatment and have a lesser rate of relapse.
Dr. Gregg Albers
Dr. Gregg Albers
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Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Support & Meds

Depending on the type of substance and the severity of the addiction there are medical and non-medical detox methods.
Alcohol detox is done by substitution with a benzodiazepine (ie librium) and gradually tapered over time. Opiate detox is done by substitution with methadone. This is also slowly tapered. Tobacco detox is often done by using nicotine taper. Detox requires a good support system.

In brief: Support & Meds

Depending on the type of substance and the severity of the addiction there are medical and non-medical detox methods.
Alcohol detox is done by substitution with a benzodiazepine (ie librium) and gradually tapered over time. Opiate detox is done by substitution with methadone. This is also slowly tapered. Tobacco detox is often done by using nicotine taper. Detox requires a good support system.
Dr. Robert Woods
Dr. Robert Woods
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