Before you can journey through the treatment process of addiction, the first thing you need to do is detox from the drug or drugs in your system. This can take days or weeks, depending on the type of drugs and the duration of them. It’s a time where you are monitored round-the-clock, so you remain safe. Medication for detoxing includes Methadone and Buprenorphine (Suboxone, Subutex, and Zubsolv). To reduce cravings after medical detox, you can also take Naltrexone.
During this phase, medical personnel also address any medical issues and administer any additional medication if necessary. You can also choose to be under anesthesia for detoxification, but there are some cautions to consider and are best discussed with your doctor.