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how does a "medically supervised detox work"? - January 29th 2009, 07:24 AM

I've decided that I need to quit heroin. I can't exactly do it on my own either and I guess that people around me don't exactly want to help. I want to do a "medically supervised detox". I had told my school counselor about my addiction and she said that there are ways that I could get off it. So she gave me the "medically supervised detox" option. I didn't ask her what it was. I don't know why I didn't. I guess I should have, right? Well now I don't know what it is. I've tried google searching it and nothing that helps me come up.


Would any of you be able to tell me what it is?
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Re: how does a "medically supervised detox work"? - January 29th 2009, 01:31 PM

Well, this is kind of an educated guess, but it could either be a controlled detox in a medical building, provided with counseling and such, or treatment with suboxone or methadone, I am not sure which it would be.
   
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Re: how does a "medically supervised detox work"? - January 29th 2009, 02:12 PM

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I've decided that I need to quit heroin. I can't exactly do it on my own either and I guess that people around me don't exactly want to help. I want to do a "medically supervised detox". I had told my school counselor about my addiction and she said that there are ways that I could get off it. So she gave me the "medically supervised detox" option. I didn't ask her what it was. I don't know why I didn't. I guess I should have, right? Well now I don't know what it is. I've tried google searching it and nothing that helps me come up.


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Heroin? Yikes. How do you come by getting that drug at your age? It's highly addictive, and I have to say I'm pretty sure it's going to be hard going cold turkey. My mother is an ex meth addict, and she was lucky. She got off, after many years, didn't struggle, and never went back. Same with smoking. But not everyone is like that.

It takes place in a drug rehabilitation center. They take care of you, offer you counseling. You'll be surprised how a counselor may help you. You'll want the drug so bad when you're in there, but that's what being clean and sober is all about. After that you can start going to meetings with other people that are trying to stay away from addictives.

If you need to talk I'm here. I have experience in the drug department. Good luck!
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Re: how does a "medically supervised detox work"? - January 29th 2009, 04:11 PM

I have to say it isn't difficult to come by the harder drugs, no matter what age you are. I was addicted to crystal meth, ecstacy and weed as well as dabbling in other harder drugs such as cocaine.I quit about 2 months ago. All that to say it's available and readily if you have the money for it. But anyway that's not the point of this.

Like HolyValor said, medically supervised detox is normally when you go into a center where they will offer you counselling as well as medication to help with withdrawl symptoms, allowing you to have only enough to make you comfortable and then tapering off of them as well. Also there are medical staff available in case of an emergency, like seizures and what not.

I don't have personal experience with the centers as I chose to quit cold turkey and without any help. But, I've heard they can be really helpful, especially with opiate withdrawls.

Good luck, and good job for making the decision to sober up!
   
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Re: how does a "medically supervised detox work"? - January 30th 2009, 10:23 AM

Okay, so here's what I've understood from what you guys have told me; they keep you at the place with doctors and stuff and then they kind of wean you off of the drug and give you counseling for why you use drugs.


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Re: how does a "medically supervised detox work"? - January 30th 2009, 12:15 PM

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Okay, so here's what I've understood from what you guys have told me; they keep you at the place with doctors and stuff and then they kind of wean you off of the drug and give you counseling for why you use drugs.


That's about right, yes. I don't know if you will get it or not but there's methadone. For methadone therapy, you are taken off of heroin and put onto methadone and methadone's dose is reduced and you're off of that. It may seem somewhat counter intuitive but the logic behind it is methadone is less addictive than heroin, and stopped heroin right away gives a larger withdrawl. Being put on methadone will reduce heroin withdrawl (still will have some). This would definately be done under medical supervision but I'm not sure if you will get it or not.

There's actually a lot of other possible theraputic methods to be used so I'm not sure what one you'll get.
   
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