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What Are The Pros And Cons Of Medical Detox?

Medical detox–detox in a medical facility–has several clear benefits. First and foremost, medical professionals are on hand to manage the most dangerous symptoms of withdrawal. When withdrawal is severe enough, the symptoms can be life threatening. Seizures from alcohol withdrawal, for example, can be fatal and medical professionals can administer anti-seizure medication to reduce the danger.

Medical detox may also be necessary if you are unable to endure the symptoms of withdrawal and continually relapse. This is most often the case when the patient is a long-time alcoholic or is addicted to drugs such as heroin, cocaine, meth, or prescription painkillers.

Being in a medical facility will help prevent relapse and the medical staff may be able to administer medications to mitigate the discomfort of withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea or insomnia. Staff can also administer medication for the specific withdrawal symptoms of certain drugs, such as ativan for alcohol withdrawal or methadone for heroin.

The main drawback of medical detox is the cost. You’ll have a team of medical professionals watching over you 24 hours a day for as long as you’re there. Add to that the cost of medications and you can expect to spend at least $300 per day and usually more.

Some insurance will cover medical detox and Medicare may cover some programs. Detox facilities themselves may offer some financial support and you may qualify for government assistance or state treatment programs. Don’t automatically assume medical detox is out of reach because of the cost.

There are two important things to keep in mind when considering medical detox. The first is that it is going to be uncomfortable. The medical staff can reduce the danger and maybe reduce some of the symptoms, but your body still has to rid itself of a toxic substance that it depends on and it won’t be pleasant.

The second thing is that medical detox is intended to get you through the most dangerous and painful part of recovery but is not intended to address the underlying causes of your addiction. Detox is only the beginning of recovery.

Detox is the first step in the journey of recovery. Start your journey with The Gardens Wellness Center, a residential medical detox program offering comfortable and compassionate care for holistic healing. Call us today for information: (844) 325-9168