Medical Detox Before Primary Treatment


Medical detox before primary treatment is often necessary for alcoholics and substance abusers. Addicts who make the decision to stop using often find that it is not as simple as just putting down the drug or drink. Often, after years of alcohol and drug abuse and dependence, the body and mind are so accustomed to the altering substance that any attempt to stop taking it results in withdrawal.

Withdrawal happens because drugs and alcohol suppress the brains production of neurotransmitters such as noradrenaline. When the substance is suddenly withheld, the brain rebounds by producing a surge of adrenaline that causes the symptoms of withdrawal.

Every withdrawal experience is different depending on the substance in question. Alcohol, opiates and tranquilizers produce significant physical withdrawals, while cocaine, marijuana and ecstasy cause little physical withdrawal but induce major emotional withdrawal. All drugs can cause severe emotional withdrawal symptoms.

Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

Emotional withdrawal symptoms:

  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Poor concentration
  • Depression
  • Social isolation

Physical withdrawals symptoms:

  • Heart palpitations
  • Muscle tension
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Tremors
  • Sweating

Dangerous withdrawals symptoms:

  • Grand mal seizures
  • Strokes
  • Hallucinations
  • Delirium tremens (DTs)
  • Heart attack

Because of the myriad of mild, moderate and severe withdrawal possibilities, it is generally best to detox within a clinical setting. At New Method Wellness, our health professionals specialize in drug and alcohol addiction treatment and provide the highest detoxification care in our substance abuse detox program.