Sub-Acute Detox Treatment
What is sub-acute detox?
In 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 ensure the client is made as comfortable as possible.
Who is sub-acute detox suitable for?
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 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?
After 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.
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.
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:
An onsite nutritionist
Art and expressive therapy
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.