There is a massive difference between cold-turkey and medically supervised detox. With a cold-turkey detox, someone addicted to Lunesta suddenly stops taking the drug. A sudden cessation will trigger intense physical and emotional symptoms in the patient within 12 hours after the last dose. In some cases, these symptoms can be dangerous.
Medically supervised detox seeks to mitigate these risks with a tapering off schedule and the supervision of trained, qualified medical staff. In a medically supervised detox center, patients are given decreasing doses of Lunesta or a replacement non-benzodiazepine. By tapering off the patient, the drug can stay in their system for decreasing amounts over a period. This is much gentler on the body and prevents the occurrence of painful, intense and potentially dangerous withdrawal symptoms. If someone is able to detox in a controlled and supportive environment safely, they’re at less risk of experiencing a relapse because of the pain of withdrawal.