Learning to Treat Drug Detox
Detoxing is one of the most effective ways to treat drug addiction. The video linked here explains how a drug overdose might be treated in a hospital around arrival, and how to process a detox, which must happen before drug rehabilitation can take place. So how does rapid opiate detox work?
The simulated scenario in the video explains that the patient was primarily given a dosage of naloxone, which helps to abate the emergent situation. Sometimes patients have already been in the hospital for drug abuse or drug overdose and this history is important to the detox doctors.
Drug abuse can begin with painkillers administered in hospitals. It is important to keep track of any painkillers prescribed to try and steer clear of drug use after the prescription has ended.
The most important thing about caring for a patient going through detox is to monitor the situation closely. Patients can lose consciousness or have a cardiac arrest if not cared for properly. It is also important to use compassion when caring for patients with drug abuse. This is the best way to ensure an open line of communication between patient and doctor.