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Medical Detox – West Chester

Drug and alcohol detoxification, or detox, is the process of breaking the physical dependence to these substances so that treatment therapy can begin to address underlying psychological aspects of the addiction. During the detox process, withdrawal symptoms typically set in, and these can be very uncomfortable.

What is Medical Detox?

Medical detox is medically supervised detox, and it’s the most commonly used and successful method of breaking a physical addiction. During medical detox, physicians provide medications as needed to alleviate or prevent uncomfortable or dangerous withdrawal symptoms, and the patient is evaluated for various issues surrounding the addiction, which will be addressed during the treatment phase of rehab.

Why is Medical Detox Essential?

For those withdrawing from alcohol or central nervous system sedatives, dangerous shifts in body functions like blood pressure, respiratory rate, and body temperature may occur, and without medical intervention, these are potentially fatal. Medical detox is critical for safety when withdrawing from these substances.

In addition to ensuring safe withdrawal, medical detox is essential for successful recovery in most cases. Because withdrawal symptoms can be excruciating, many patients who try to detox on their own at home will relapse almost immediately due to the discomfort. To find out more about the detox protocols offered at Drug Treatment Centers West Chester, dial 347-542-5767 today.

Withdrawal Symptoms and Medications Used to Treat Them

Each type of drug has its own symptoms of withdrawal, but not every patient will experience the onset of all of the possible symptoms, which may range from mild to intense, depending on the severity of the addiction and the amount of the substance in the body when detox begins.


Withdrawing from alcohol causes symptoms like nausea, vomiting, anxiety, tremors, seizures, and hallucinations as well as delirium tremens, or DTs, which is a potentially fatal condition that causes shifts in heart and other body functions.

Medications provided to alleviate the intensity of symptoms and prevent the onset of DTs include Neurotonin to prevent seizures, Paxil to reduce depressive symptoms, and Chantix to alleviate cravings.


Withdrawing from opiates, which include the street drug heroin and prescription medications like OxyContin and Fentanyl, causes symptoms that include hot and cold sweats, body aches, diarrhea, vomiting, and anxiety.

Medications used during medical opiate detox include Methadone to prevent the onset of withdrawal symptoms, Subutex to block cravings and reduce the time it takes to detox, and Clonidine to alleviate body aches and cramps and reduce anxiety.


Symptoms associated with withdrawal from stimulants like cocaine and meth and prescription drugs like Adderall and Ritalin include intense depression and anxiety, suicidal thoughts, insomnia, and irritability. These are particularly intense during withdrawal from meth.

Since no medications have been developed or approved to treat stimulant withdrawal, doctors typically prescribe drugs like Zyban to alleviate the intense cravings and depressive symptoms associated with stimulant detox.


Withdrawal from sedatives like Xanax, Ativan, and Valium causes symptoms that can be extremely dangerous or even fatal, including high blood pressure and an increase in body temperature.

No medications are available to treat the symptoms of withdrawal from sedatives, and so the detox process for these drugs is a matter of tapering off the doses to prevent the onset of these symptoms.

Don’t let addiction take over your life any longer. The professionals at Drug Treatment Centers West Chester can help you get your life back on track. Call 347-542-5767 today and get started.

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