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Which Substance Abuse Issues May Require Medically Assisted Detox?

Detoxing from certain substances under the supervision of medical professionals can help you navigate withdrawal safely.

Withdrawal symptoms from substance abuse can be uncomfortable and even life-threatening in some cases. Medically-assisted detox seeks to soothe the physical symptoms of stopping the use and abuse of drugs and alcohol.

Since it addresses the very real physical symptoms of withdrawal, medically-assisted detox is recommended for some substances more than others. 

Prescription opioids & heroin

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) classifies heroin as a Schedule I drug, which means it has no medical use. The DEA classifies many other opioids as Schedule II controlled substances. Schedule I and Schedule II controlled substances are highly addictive with a higher than usual potential for abuse and dependency. Opioids bind to the opioid receptors in the brain, blocking feelings of pain and producing a sense of calm. This class includes prescription narcotics, such as Percocet, Vicodin and OxyContin.

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