Sub-Acute Detox Treatment

What is sub-acute detox?

sub acute detoxIn medicine, when something is described as ‘acute’, it refers to a condition that is particularly unpleasant or chronic. In detoxification terms, this requires hospitalization and 24-hour care, because the side effects cannot only be powerful, but dangerous too.

Sub-acute detox is for those who are in generally good health and more stable. They don’t require constant monitoring and their detox process won’t put them in immediate danger.

The sub-acute detox process may be residential or outpatient, it all depends on the level of treatment required.

Our priorities when beginning the sub-acute detox process:

  • To assess the client physically and comprehensively before treatment begins, so we can plan every level of care.
  • To set out specific goals and outcomes with the client.
  • To inform the client of their progress and development throughout the process.
  • To introduce the client to their counselor during the detox process so they can transition smoothly to therapeutic practice.
  • To inform and engage family members and loved ones regularly, updating them of the client’s progress.
  • To ensure the client is made as comfortable as possible.

Who is sub-acute detox suitable for?

  • Those who are relatively physically and mentally stable, cohesive and can understand the treatment they’re receiving well.
  • Those who are highly unlikely to experience any dangerous side effects, because of what they have been using.

Sub-acute detox works well for those suffering from multiple problems, often known as co-occurring disorders. Mental health problems present alongside addiction in a lot of circumstances – this doesn’t always require hospitalization but does require ongoing treatment.

Who is sub-acute detox not suitable for?

  • Those who have tried a sub-acute detox program before and relapsed.
  • Those who have detoxed before and experienced particularly dangerous or negative side effects.
  • Those who are psychologically unwell or suffer from a particular cognitive disorder.
  • Those who have a long history of abusing multiple drugs.
  • Those who are detoxing from alcohol or opiates; substances that carry risks when going ‘cold turkey’ or not medically supervised.

When can someone end sub-acute detox?

The general indicator that sub-acute detox has been completed successfully is when the patient’s body is completely clean from any drugs or alcohol they have previously consumed, and their body has clearly dealt with the withdrawal symptoms successfully. The patient’s blood and urine will be tested throughout this period, so the medical professionals around them will be able to take accurate readings and know how clean they are.

How does aftercare work?

councellingAfter the sub-acute detox process has ended, it’s likely that the patient will be feeling quite strange, but perhaps more physically well than they have felt in a long time. It’s important to follow this positivity up with counseling and comprehensive psychiatric care.

Addiction is not just a physical condition, it also presents in the mind, and it is often our own impulses that create the cravings that lead to relapse. Detox alone is not enough for this very reason. According to the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, those who followed their sub-acute detox with treatment were 40% less likely to relapse than those who didn’t.

Residential treatment

If the patient chooses to follow up their sub-acute detox with residential treatment, they will be highly supervised and provided with structured activities and treatments to aid their recovery. Family and loved ones can visit frequently and will be updated on the client’s progress as they complete the various stages of care.

Residential treatment focuses on:

A sober living environment
A safe place free of temptation to act as a transition period before returning home.

Four phases
There are four phases of treatment, which last for up to 90 days in total. The initial stages involve slightly less contact with visitors and the outside world, with the last stage focusing on re-entering it safely and having more contact.

A variety of helpful therapies
Our clients have access to the following in residential care:

  • Physical therapy and training
  • Massage
  • Yoga
  • An onsite nutritionist
  • Addiction counselors
  • Group therapy
  • Spiritual groups and Christian therapy
  • Art and expressive therapy

Outpatient treatment

For patients who have completed residential detox and treatment, outpatient treatment can be a great way to continue the good habits that have been developed. Those who stay in some form of rehabilitation treatment, even after they feel they have recovered, are far more likely to avoid relapse.

Our outpatient treatment features all the benefits of inpatient, residential treatment, but can be accessed at different periods of the day. One of the key aspects of long term recovery is for clients to resume work and study, completing the normal daily tasks that make their life what it is. Outpatient treatment accommodates this and the individual’s new schedule.

The priorities of outpatient treatment:

Using recovery methods in everyday life

The real test begins when someone re-enters the outside world. Clients can face many challenges they didn’t anticipate, such as pressure from friends, and maintaining their sobriety despite finding themselves in emotional or stressful situations.

The positive habits learned in residential treatment can be refreshed when necessary via outpatient care.

Maintaining healthy relationships

Some relationships have to end when an individual gets clean from drugs and alcohol, usually because groups of old friends can be a negative influence. Some relationships break down as well and it becomes a priority of recovery to rebuild them and make them stronger than ever.

Romantic and family relationships can be improved hugely after long periods of distress and conflict when someone gets clean.

Finding your sober identity

Drugs are so all-consuming that many find it a great struggle to rebuild their lives in new, healthy ways. Our residential treatment aims to create those good habits, and outpatient treatment supports clients and helps them maintain it on a long term basis.

Sub-acute detox might be right for you or someone you care about! Contact us now to take the first step.


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