When it comes to matters of detoxification and addiction or alcoholism treatment in general, most drug addicts understand the importance of certain key medications during the physical withdrawal period. In fact, many longtime drug addicts and alcoholics will agree that, it is often the mere thought of detox, and the associated withdrawal symptoms, that ultimately keeps them from deciding to enter a detox or substance abuse treatment center.
Those with addictions to heroin or opiate-opioid pain killers, for instance, are generally familiar with drugs like Suboxone and Subutex, which are designed to dramatically lessen physical withdrawal symptoms. For those with alcohol addictions, withdrawal medications like Valium and Ativan will be among the more commonly used during the detox process. Such is also the case for those addicted to benzodiazepine drugs like Valium (Diazepam) or Xanax (Alprazolam), which likewise can require detox period (prior to residential drug rehab) entailing any number of withdrawal medications.
Given the enormous rise in heroin and other opiate & opioid related overdoses, there is now a growing focus on helping to reduce the number of overdose deaths nationwide. While the numbers of heroin and opiate-opioid addicts haven’t increased that much here in Los Angeles, and Southern California as a whole, the story is vastly different in the Midwest and out East, especially in areas like NY, MA, CT, VT, ME, OH and a number of other states. Fortunately, newer detox medications like Suboxone (Buprenorphine and Naloxone) and Subutex (Buprenorphine) are playing key roles in helping to reverse this horrible trend…and the days of Methadone maintenance are basically a thing of the past.
Whatever yours or your loved one’s addiction may be, it is critically important that you be fully aware of the type of withdrawal process that may lay ahead. Certain classes of drugs, such as alcohol and benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax, etc.) can create potentially fatal scenarios if not detoxed from correctly. With respect to opiate/opioid drugs like heroin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, etc., a non-medication assisted withdrawal (i.e., without the use of Suboxone or Subutex) can result in the presence of violent withdrawal symptoms. However, unlike with alcohol and benzodiazepines, withdrawal from opioids and heroin is generally not considered to have potentially fatal consequences if not performed correctly…though it should be noted that being in full withdrawal (without medication assistance) is a very unpleasant experience!
It seems to be more and more common these days to see people, and even physicians, abusing the actual intent of drugs like Suboxone and Subutex, which is to help act as a bridge between active addiction and sobriety and/or treatment. However, the trend of Suboxone abuse is quite rampant and even occurs in some detox and drug & alcohol treatment centers.
At Revive Detox we take a much more proactive stance in the purpose of detox medications, which is to employ them during the detox but not beyond. Whereas many detox and treatment programs will allow the patient to use drugs like Suboxone and Subutex beyond the withdrawal period, Revive Detox uses them as withdrawal tools and does not support long-term Suboxone maintenance approaches.
- Opiate-Opioid pain killers (i.e., Vicodin, Percocet, Oxycontin, Morphine, Dilaudid, etc.)
- Benzodiazepines (i.e., Xanax, Valium, Lorazepam, etc.)
- Methamphetamine (aka: crystal meth, crystal, speed, crank, glass, etc.)
- Cocaine and crack-cocaine
- Bath salts and club drugs (i.e., MDMA/ecstasy, GHB)
- Marijuana (i.e., weed, kush, chronic)
Revive Detox Center is located in West Los Angeles, CA (near Westwood, Beverly Hills and West Hollywood). In addition to private detox for addiction & alcoholism, we also offer a variety of holistic and advanced addiction & mental health treatment services, including the addition of concierge, executive and luxury support options, based on the client’s location, clinical and lifestyle needs.
For more information on medication assisted detox using Suboxone, Subutex, Naloxone and others, or for general information on Revive Detox and our many addiction treatment & recovery support services, please call us 24/7 at: (844) 467-3848