What is the Difference Between Social and Medical Detox? – Avedis

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Detoxification can be called selected intensive therapy individually and comprehensively, including mandatory supervision by a specialist doctor.

Indications for detoxification for alcoholism and drug addiction:

  • Break out of drunkenness.
  • Urgent help with sobering up.
  • Relieve hangover.
  • Dangerous alcohol poisoning.
  • Preparation for coding for drug or alcohol addiction.
  • Stopping acute drug withdrawal.

Two types of detoxification: social and medical

In addition to detoxification, the Medical Detox Los Angeles Avedis clinic provides social detox services.

Social detox services are very convenient in that a person, being completely unable to transport, can receive help in the comfort situation. But at the same time, the addict receives a minimum set of tools to help him get out of this state comfortably and painlessly. It is also very important that a person who has been poisoned by alcohol or a drug overdose feels comfortable. Situations are different and not everyone wants to continue treatment and get rid of destructive habits. The home environment is not always helpful, since many relatives do not know how and how to help the patient. We should not forget about the lack of awareness among the home environment about how to treat a drug or alcohol addict while removing harmful substances from the body. Calling a doctor at home is a temporary solution. It can only help if the patient is not deeply dependent and wants to alleviate his condition a little to get out of a hangover.

Carrying out detoxification in a clinic is safer, because a person becomes restricted in movement and communication. For detoxification to bear fruit in full recovery from any addiction, medical detox is a more effective solution.


Treatment begins with diagnosing the person’s condition:

  • Skin.
  • Reflexes of muscles and neurology.
  • Pulse and blood pressure.
  • body temperature measurement.
  • ECG.
  • Breathing and heart testing.
  • Abdominal examination.

After rapid diagnostics, a treatment regimen is developed. The prescribed treatment depends on the degree of intoxication or drug intoxication. This can be an isolated case after alcohol abuse, or it can be very advanced, when a person has been using for a long time and does it regularly, going on binges.

Naturally, with prolonged binges or drug use, therapy will differ significantly.

The detoxification procedure lasts several hours. The doctor is nearby all the time. It is important to assess the situation and the human body’s reaction to the drugs.

Contraindications for providing detoxification at home may include:

  • Complicated chronic abnormalities of the cardiovascular and nervous system, kidneys and liver, pancreas.
  • Hypertension, arrhythmia, hyperthermia.
  • Withdrawal state.
  • Mental illness during withdrawal.
  • Intoxication.

Benefits of medical detox

  1. Round-the-clock monitoring of a person’s condition.
  2. Due to access to a complete list of medications and medical specialists, the advantage will be a quick correction of the prescribed therapy.
  3. Excluded possibility of repeated use of alcohol or drugs, because the person is not only in the reliable hands of experienced doctors, but also under full supervision. It’s very effective.
  4. Psychotherapy begins immediately after the condition improves.

Medications used during detoxification

Drug treatment for detoxification requires experience, knowledge and qualifications for complex treatment.

For medical detox the following are used:

  • Solutions for infusions.
  • Ascorbic acid and B vitamins.
  • Nicotinic acid and nootropics.
  • Antioxidants.
  • Sedatives.
  • Analgesics.
  • Antispasmodics.
  • Sedatives.
  • Hepatoprotectors.
  • Adrenergic blockers.
  • Diuretics.
  • Specific antidotes.

Hardware detoxification of the body

  • Intravenous laser blood purification.
  • Hemosorption.
  • Plasmapheresis.
  • Xenon therapy.

These procedures have a complex effect on the body, improving immunity, normalizing blood properties, preventing the formation of blood clots, stimulating the respiration of body tissues, activating cells and metabolic processes, eliminating weakness and fatigue, headaches and muscle pain.

What is the difference between medical and social detox?

Although both approaches address the root causes of addiction, they use different methods. In clinical rehabilitation programs, the patient resides permanently in a treatment facility, while social programs allow the client to live at home. Both medical and social treatment programs have their advantages and disadvantages, depending on which type of treatment is best suited for every specific situation.

When is medical detox needed?

It is indicated in cases where the social method has already been used, there is a long history of use, the motivation for recovery is not stable, and there have already been breakdowns before.

Before choosing a treatment method, it is necessary to honestly assess the situation and become familiar with the peculiarities of the course of addiction. The main principle here is efficiency. The peculiarity of the course of the disease is that addicts destroy not only their physical condition, but all spheres of their life are destroyed – psychological, spiritual, social. The longer the course of the disease, the less the addict is adapted to life, the more skills and abilities he loses. For complete and effective treatment, conditions are required in which all these skills can be restored, the cause that led to addiction can be found and eliminated, and taught to interact fruitfully with the environment and not seek help from substances. While staying in the clinic, all these conditions can be met.

Today, medical detox is considered preferable by narcologists, as it reduces the risk of relapse during rehabilitation to zero and allows the most complete use of all the tools available to specialists. It is important to have complete information when choosing treatment.