Detox. All our primary care programmes include a tailored medical detox. This is a major part in the addiction rehabilitation process. It is the starting point, the first stage if you like. Once the client has had a detox them the rehabilitation starts. This is the part where we need to help the client get over the psychological aspects of addiction.
What is a Detox
A medical detox in the drug and alcohol profession is a way of removing all the alcohol or drug from the body. This can take anywhere between 7 and 14 days and in some cases care take longer. There are a lot of governing factors to how long a detox will take.
- The clients age
- The clients weight
- How long they have had the addiction
- how much they take or drink a day
- The condition of their health
These are just a few things which will affect the length of time a clients detox will take.
So how does it work
With all our tailored medical detox we replace the drugs or alcohol for safe medication. There are several types of medication. These are Methadone, Subutex, Librium, DF118, Sleeping pills etc, just to name of the few of the well known medicines used in detoxing. Every detox is different. This is because every client is different.
Example. If we take a Heroin addict. He may not want to detox on Subutex as he would need to been clean (Rattle) for 36 hours before he can take it, or it will bring on withdrawal. Most addicts will not go 36 hours clean. So they may prefer to detox on Methadone. The problem here is you are still taking a highly addictive drug, and if you speak to any Heroin addict they will tell you Methadone gets right into your bones. It is not a nice drug, and takes some getting off. Another option is DF118. This is an opiate based pain killer, and taken in large amounts will help a Heroin addict to detox. These are just a few of many detox methods used throughout the UK today .
NEVER TRY TO DETOX ON YOUR OWN AS IT CAN BRING ON A FIT OR SEIZURE, AND IN SOME CASES BE FATAL. ALWAYS SEEK MEDICAL ADVICE.