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What is medical detoxification?

Medical detoxification is the first step in addiction treatment for clients who require medication-assisted therapy for substance abuse. As a precursor to effective psychotherapeutic treatment, medical detox addresses and mitigates the physical withdrawal symptoms that clients may face, such as seizures, hallucinations, delirium, anxiety, irritability, insomnia, depression, strokes and heart attacks.

Duration of Medical Detoxification

There is no cookie-cutter method to determine the length of medical detoxification. New Method Wellness customizes clients’ detox treatment plan according to their overall health, the length of addiction, the amount of consumption, and the type of substances that were abused.

Withdrawal Symptoms during Medical Detoxification

Withdrawal symptoms vary widely. Symptoms may begin as soon as six hours after the last time the person used, and they may last as long as 10 days to a few weeks. Alcohol and drugs have many withdrawal symptoms in common, which may include:

Medical Detoxification Process at New Method Wellness

New Method Wellness utilizes non-narcotic synthetic methods to assist individuals in overcoming their cravings for alcohol and drugs. While methadone is part of the standard treatment program in most drug rehabilitation centers, we do not use it because of the risks involved with its highly addictive pharmacological properties. Instead of methadone, we use Suboxone and Ativan.

Medical Detox for Opioid Dependence

Suboxone is the trade name for buprenorphine and naloxone. You might be familiar with some brand names such as Bunavail, Suboxone and Zubsolv. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002, Suboxone is available in the form of a tablet and dissolvable film. The weak euphoric effects of Suboxone make it ideal for opioid treatment because it has a low risk of overdose. Suboxone, if required, may be used briefly only during the medical detox phase.

Medical Detox for Alcohol and Benzo Dependence

Ativan belongs to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines, more commonly referred to as “benzos.” Incidentally, benzodiazepine abuse is common among patients who are treated for anxiety and other co-occurring disorders in association with substance abuse. During medical detoxification, Ativan may be used briefly to safely detox our alcohol and benzo dependent clients.

Our Clinicians

At New Method Wellness, we have a diverse, multidisciplinary team of licensed addiction psychiatrists, board-certified substance abuse counselors, and therapists who are dedicated to the wellness and recovery of our clients. Our clinicians always stay abreast of the latest developments in addiction treatment, making New Method Wellness the premier dual diagnosis treatment center in California. New Method Wellness has been featured on Dr. Phil, National Geographic, and US News & World Report. As America faces one of the most ravaging opioid epidemics of our time, New Method Wellness stands up to the challenge to combat this crisis with the most distinguished team of clinicians you’ll find in the nation.

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