Looking into Drug Detoxification in Order to Get Help

Looking into Drug Detoxification in Order to Get Help


How can you best go through drug detoxification if you are hooked on drugs?  There are a few options you can pursue in this case, each with some advantages and disadvantages.

Cold turkey detoxification – this actually has some advantages, believe it or not, and one of them is that it is the cheapest route.  But in fact, if your attempt to quit does not work at all, and you end up relapsing, then you would have been better off to spend more money on quitting.  Continuing to use drugs is usually very expensive in the long run, so if cold turkey fails for you, then it is not cheap at all.  It is in fact expensive.  On the other hand, if you pay several thousand dollars for rehab, and you end up staying clean and sober for the rest of your life, then that is not expensive at all.  It is in fact quite cheap, considering how much you gained from it.

Female opium addict hides her face - Mazar-i-Sharif detox centre
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I actually recommend cold turkey detox for nicotine addiction, as it is what finally worked for me after other systems like the patch and the gum had failed me.  You can also use cold turkey for certain drugs like marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine.  Going cold turkey is definitely not advised for drugs such as alcohol, benzodiazepines, and barbiturates.  Coming off those drugs cold turkey can actually be fatal in some cases.

Drug rehab detoxification – if you can afford it, it is generally a good idea to detox in a rehab setting where there is medical supervision.  Of course this is a fairly expensive option, so not everyone will be able to do this.  But if you can make it happen, then it generally provides a good amount of help and support above and beyond simply detoxing at home in your living room.  In addition to the supervised detox, you will probably attend some groups and lectures and things that will help you to learn about recovery and how to stay clean once you leave rehab.  This is can be a large benefit over other forms of detox, especially if they have not worked for you in the past.

Ultra rapid detoxification – this is a specialty procedure that is fairly new and is somewhat controversial.  It is very expensive as well and you will probably have to put up cash in the amount of several thousand dollars.  They then put you under and flush your system rapidly from all opiate drugs.  When you wake up your detox symptoms will supposedly be gone and you will feel fairly normal at this point.  Many people have had this procedure done and gone back to using opiates very soon, however, effectively wasting the money and effort.  Just because it is a magic detox does not make it a bullet proof recovery.  The addict still has to do some serious work on themselves in order to change their life and avoid returning to drugs.

If you are just thinking about getting yourself cleaned up from drugs or alcohol, then I would urge you to look into getting professional help.  Making the call is twice as important as who you actually call.  Just do it!