Many people are unaware of the severe complications that can accompany alcohol detoxification. Not only is it one of the most deadly substance abuse detoxifications to endure, it is also unpredictable. The physical withdrawal symptoms that result from alcohol detoxification can be unbearable if managed without the care and oversight of a supervised detoxification team. In some cases, the symptoms can turn deadly . . .

Barbiturates can be highly toxic and lethal if not used exactly as prescribed, which is why benzodiazepines are more commonly prescribed today. Well-known benzodiazepines such as Xanax, Klonopin, Valium and Ativan are some of the more commonly doctor-prescribed benzodiazepines. However, benzodiazepines can be lethal if overused, especially if taken in combination with other drugs such as alcohol, barbiturates, opioids or tricyclic antidepressants . . .

Women and men metabolize both drugs and alcohol differently. In addition to that, their physical makeup is different from men as well, which affects how they are cared for during the detoxification phase of treatment. The latter point actually goes for all individuals, gender aside, since one’s physical characteristics will determine their meticulously managed detoxification protocol . . .

We believe it is essential for each person to have an individualized journey as it relates to addiction recovery. That’s why we focus on treating the individual during this process, while allowing the couple to support one another in this early stage of recovery. In many cases, the couple will be directed toward individualized healing tracks at later intervals of their recovery journey, as determined by their clinical team . . .

When it comes to opiates, abstaining for any period of time significantly lowers a person’s level of tolerance. The withdrawal symptoms that accompany opiate and heroin cessation are so severe that many who attempt to detox at home end up relapsing simply to end their painful symptoms. Prolonged opiate abuse causes a buildup of toxins throughout the bodies organs and bone system. The flushing of these toxins should only be administered by a trained medical detox staff as they are excruciating to endure . . .

Detoxing from amphetamines and illegal stimulants alone does not pose a significant risk of death, however the psychological implications from their short and long-term detoxification symptoms are extremely difficult to manage. One of the most notable high-risk symptoms of amphetamine withdrawal is suicidal thoughts or behaviors. The “crash” phase of detoxification from amphetamines and stimulants may be enough to cause the patient to do harm to themselves during extreme bouts of depression, mood swings, irritability or paranoia . . .

Offering men’s-specific therapy is one of the greatest advantages during this early stage of treatment for the men that we care for because it begins a dialogue and a therapeutic journey from the very start, during a phase of treatment that is especially sensitive for the recovering individual. Simply being heard and listened to is one of the greatest benefits our clients experience, aside from the medical attention they receive, as some have not had the opportunity to speak openly about their physical and emotional issues for months or even years . . .

Last modified: May 12, 2020

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