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Medical Detox and/or Drug Rehab?

DO I NEED A MEDICAL DETOX, A DRUG REHAB OR BOTH?

When someone has a problem with drugs or alcohol and decides that he or she is ready to change their lives, one of the first questions to ask is whether he or she needs to go to a medical detox or to a drug rehab, or to both. The answer to this is not easy but generally depends on whether the person is dependent or addicted.

Defining Drug or Alcohol Dependent or Dependence

A person is said to be “dependent” on a drug if the person is going to have uncomfortable physiological symptoms when they stop taking the drug. Many times a person will continue taking the drug, not because they believe that it is helping them, but because stopping the drug will be very painful for them and will possibly prevent them from working or doing their normal activities for days or even weeks.

Defining Drug or Alcohol Addiction or Being Addicted

A person is said to be addicted to a drug or alcohol if the person not only is dependent but is drinking alcohol or taking the drug because of the way it makes them feel and gets them “high”. If they stop drinking or taking the drug, they will not only have uncomfortable physiological symptoms but will also have emotional issues.

Defining Medical Detox

A medical detox is where a person goes to an inpatient medical center for their drug withdrawal or alcohol withdrawal. There is a vast difference between medical detox centers. You can see the difference between Novus Medical Detox Center and most other facilities by clicking here.

Defining Drug Rehab

Drug rehab refers to programs which seek to help a person addicted to drugs or alcohol overcome their need for the drug or alcohol on an emotional level. Drug rehabs are outpatient and inpatient. Some drug rehab programs include a detox component while others do not.

SHOULD I DO A MEDICAL DETOX OR A DRUG REHAB OR BOTH?

The following table sets forth a general guide to whether a person should go to a medical detox, a rehab or both.

SUBSTANCE DEPENDENT ADDICTED MEDICAL DETOX DRUG REHAB MEDICAL DETOX & DRUG REHAB
ALCOHOL
OXYCONTIN FOR PAIN
METHADONE FOR PAIN
VICODIN FOR PAIN
OXYCODONE FOR PAIN
MORPHINE FOR PAIN
FENTANYL PATCH FOR PAIN
LORCET, LORTAB OR PERCOCET FOR PAIN
HEROIN
METHADONE FOR MAINTENANCE
OXYCONTIN TO GET HIGH
OXYCODONE TO GET HIGH
VICODIN TO GET HIGH
HYDROCODONE TO GET HIGH
MORPHINE TO GET HIGH
LORCET, LORTAB OR PERCOCET TO GET HIGH
FENTANYL PATCH TO GET HIGH
COCAINE
CRYSTAL METH
XANAX
ATIVAN
VALIUM
KLONIPINAND OTHER BENZO-DIAZEPINES
PAXIL, LEXAPRO AND OTHER ANTI-DEPRESSANTS
SEROQUEL, ZYPREXA AND OTHER ANTI-PSYCHOTICS

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