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Medical Detox Centers by State

Medical Detox Centers by State

Medical Detox Centers in the United States for Drugs, Medication and Alcohol

Medical detox centers and facilities operate all throughout the United States and provide services that allow addicts to safely stop using their current drug of choice under medical supervision. When an addict consumes any drugs or alcohol in excess over a certain period of time, the person’s body will become physically addicted to it. The body itself becomes dependent upon the substance in order to function at the level it has become accustomed to. Each drug is different and affects the body in different ways, but some drugs cause severe physical addictions and when stopped, cause severe physical withdrawals. For most addicts, these severe physical withdrawals are very painful, and can also be very dangerous to overcome.

When an addict is checked into a medical detox enter they are receiving services to help overcome the physical withdrawals from their current substance of choice. During the medical detox process, the addict is monitored and supervised by nurses and doctors, and is given prescription medications to help alleviate the withdrawal symptoms. During this time, they are tapered off of the drugs they are on if it is methadone, suboxone etc., and gradually weaned off of the prescription drugs given to them to help alleviate withdrawal symptoms. This process can typically take a week to two weeks, but it is not un-heard of for some people to be upwards to a month in a medical detox facility. This is normally in extreme cases of severe alcoholics, and methadone users on high dosages.

The Medical Detox Process with Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Medical detox or drug detoxification is a process where clinicians will use other drugs to assist in alleviating withdrawal symptoms, and helping the patient adjust to having no illicit substances within their body. This can come to result with the patient being completely drug free, or being started on some type of maintenance program for a period time while they go through further treatment and complete drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Medical detox can be used in any situation where an addict cannot stop using the drugs or alcohol they are taking abruptly, without going through severe and or dangerous withdrawals. In the case of a extreme alcoholic, a medical detox may be needed, as other medications and medical supervision may be required to ensure they are comfortable, and the withdrawal symptoms are under control. Medical detox can really be administered to any addict who may be having a tough time with the withdrawals, but it is typically used for the more severe cases. Opiate addicts will usually attend a medical detox, but if they do not end up becoming completely drug free at the end of it, they may be given such drugs as Buprenorphine, Suboxone or Methadone, which will help maintain their sobriety from other opiates.

Medication-Assisted Treatment Programs for Substance Abuse

Medication-assisted treatment services or opioid treatment programs are certified by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). These types of programs provide treatment for people struggling with opioid addiction. Drugs such as methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone are used during detox and therapy. There are 14,809 facilities throughout the nation, and 10% of them had opioid treatment programs. Approximately 33% of the programs offered buprenorphine for medication-assisted opioid therapy, and 28% provided injectable naltrexone for medication-assisted opioid treatment. Methadone is being supplied at 95% of opioid treatment programs, and 25% provide methadone only, and 75% offer methadone and buprenorphine.

There are 4,951 facilities in the nation providing buprenorphine as part of treatment, and 22% of these programs are part of an opioid treatment program. Most treatment centers offering buprenorphine are administering it as part of medication-assisted treatment. Among the 4,178 facilities within the nation, 12% provide injectable naloxone. Most drug treatment programs offering buprenorphine as part of treatment are private non-profit or private for-profit treatment centers. The federal government operated roughly five percent of the facilities offering buprenorphine and county or community governments managed around four percent. The effectiveness of medication-assisted treatment is determined by what type of behavioral counseling is given to the patient.

What is the difference between a medical detox and a regular detox center?

A medical detox center will typically have doctors and nurses on staff to monitor the more severe withdrawal cases, for example, those coming off of methadone, large quantities of alcohol, and heavy dosages of opiates. These detox centers are medically supervised as the addicts who attend them could possibly die from their withdrawal symptoms.

Medical detox centers are not rehabilitation centers in the sense where their addiction is treated, it is merely a stop over to get a person physically well enough to attend rehab when they are in a situation where they cannot just stop taking their drug of choice. Medical detox centers are both privately funded and also government funded or funded by the state. Private centers will go the extra mile for comfort and provide more amenities and luxuries, which you are paying for. State-funded programs provide the basic service and come at low-cost or no cost, and or are covered by various health insurances.

Can Medical Detox Assist with all Forms of Drug Dependency?

It is not always the case that an addict will require a medical detox, there are so many cases throughout the United States where individuals have been prescribed narcotic medications for various reasons, and have come to a point where they need to get off of the drug. It may have come to a point where the body has become so physically dependent on the drug that a ‘cold turkey’ withdrawal is impossible. A medical detox center is there to help these individuals successfully stop using their prescription and help them improve their overall health once they have gone through the withdrawal process. One important step with medical detox is to stabilize the patient, and this may involve many different methods, but stabilizing the patient's physical health will only help prevent them from returning to the substance they were withdrawing from. Not every individual attending a medical detox is an addict; in fact, the vast majority of private medical detox centers available in the United States assist clients who require help stopping the use of a prescription medication. Some of these facilities are set up especially for that reason, but will of course help any individual who requires assistance.

Is Medical Detox more Costly than a Traditional Detox?

Medical detox centers can be pricey, especially the private facilities, which offer many amenities and luxuries for their clients. Private medical detox centers can cost anywhere from $5000 to $25,000, depending on the facility, length of stay, and severity of the dependency. There are many medical detox facilities within the United States that do accept health insurance, and this will help offset some or all the costs. Hospital inpatient programs are also set up to help in this manner, as they are designed to help stabilize a patient before they enter a drug treatment center.


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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people.