As the first and foremost step in the addiction treatment, detoxification reduces the severity of withdrawal symptoms and prepares an individual for addiction treatment while nursing him or her back to health. While most physicians are certified to prescribe medications that help them in managing their uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, the process of detoxification at a rehab holistically aims to help a patient in accelerating his or her recovery process. Several factors like adherence to treatment regimen and the progress made during detox significantly affects the ability of a person to achieve sobriety.
BRIDGE, a wearable medical device, is the brainchild of Dr. Arturo Taca Jr., an addiction specialist based in St. Louis. It has become quite popular nowadays as one of the best and easiest ways of getting over the pain of opioid withdrawal. As Paul Finch, a physician assistant in Fairbanks, Alaska, notes, "The BRIDGE is a treatment fad. But right now I've got moms tapping out one (dollar bills) trying to buy Bridges for their kids. It's the best we have on the market." There are many who claim that the device has helped them overcome the pain and fear of withdrawal.
Some of the prescribed pain medications are also known as narcotics or opioids. Names called for these drugs include morphine (brand names Avinza, Duramorph, etc.), tramadol, oxycodone (brand names Percocet, OxyContin, etc.), hydrocodone (brand names Vicodin, Lortab, etc.) and fentanyl (brand names Duragesic, Actiq, Fentora, etc.), among others. All opioid drugs have the strong ability to become addictive, even when these opioids taken under a doctor's supervision.
Ambulatory Detoxification is an outpatient model of detoxification from drugs or alcohol with many benefits of inpatient detoxification but in a less-restrictive, cost-effective environment. This is the first step in a continuum of substance-abuse treatment that ultimately leads to recovery.