Medical detox is a type of detox that is done under medical supervision. Medical detoxes are designed to be safe and ease discomfort involved with withdrawals. Medical detoxes are staffed with doctors and nurses trained in helping patients cope with withdrawal symptoms. Without medical care, these withdrawal symptoms can be unpleasant, dangerous, and even life threatening.
Who needs medical detox?
Not everyone needs a medical detox. People who need medical detoxes may meet one or more of the following criteria:
- They’re addicted to certain drugs
- They would experience great discomfort without medical help
- They would risk their health withdrawing without medical supervision
People using the following drugs may need medically supervised detox:
- Prescription pain pills