Medical Detox in Cleveland, OH

Drug Detox Centers Cleveland knows that an addiction is a chronic disease that requires treatment just like any other disease of the mind and body. It is characterized by a person being unable to stop consuming the drug or alcohol in spite of major negative effects on their health, social life, work life, and even their legal or financial status. Addiction also involves a physical dependence in which the brain comes to rely on the substance to function normally.


What is Detox and What is Medical Detox?

Detox is the process of getting the addicted substance out of the body and breaking the physical dependence to that substance. Medical detox is a form of addiction treatment that involves going through this process under the care and supervision of medical professionals.

The medical detox process allows recovering addicts to receive emotional support that can help prevent a person from giving up during the detox process. Additionally, during medical detox, doctors can administer prescription medications to help reduce the severity of the withdrawal symptoms that a person experiences as well as make the detox process shorter overall.


Why Choose Medical Detox?

Medical detox is the best option for detox for numerous reasons.  First and foremost, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, it is next to impossible for a person to detox and to recover from an addiction without professional assistance through a treatment program.

And, in the case of detox, withdrawal symptoms can easily push a person back to substance abuse just to make the discomfort go away if they do not have a professional support system in place. Additionally, there are some withdrawal symptoms that are severe and can be life-threatening like seizures, hallucinations, psychosis, and respiratory and heart problems. Being in a medical detox program under the direct supervision of highly trained medical professionals can be the difference between life and death in such situations.


Medications Possibly Used in Medical Detox

Different types of addictive substances call for different approaches to detox. Some of the different types of drug addictions treated and the medications that can help with the medical detox process include:



There are numerous options that can help a person going through alcohol withdrawals. If seizures occur, Neurotonin may be administered to help quell those seizures. This medication can also help to get the brain functioning normally again faster than it would without medication. The symptoms of depression and insomnia that commonly occur with alcohol detox can be treated with Paxil, and alcohol cravings can be managed and reduced with Chantix.



Opiate addictions are among the toughest to break as it can be difficult to overcome cravings and the intensity of withdrawal symptoms, but there are numerous medications to help. Clonidine helps to reduce the prevalence and severity of body and muscle aches during detox. Anxiety and depression can be managed with Paxil. And Suboxone or Buprenorphine can be used to help reduce withdrawal intensity and duration.


Stimulants and Sedatives

Stimulants and sedatives are two classes of addictive drugs that do not yet have approved medications for use to manage withdrawals and shorten the detox process. However, because severe withdrawal symptoms can occur, such as psychosis and heart issues, medical professionals will closely monitor patients during detox and intervene as necessary to protect a person’s overall health. Tapering off the drugs, particularly sedatives can also be beneficial to prevent the most severe withdrawal symptoms.

Drug Detox Centers Cleveland offers high quality medical detox programs as well as the additional addiction treatments needed to fully overcome a drug or alcohol addiction. Just call us today at (216) 666-2727 to speak with one of our caring recovery advocates.