Drug Detox Treatment
What is detox?
Drug and alcohol detoxification involves the purging of all harmful, addictive substances from the body. When someone has been abusing addictive substances or alcohol for a while, it’s harmful to suddenly deprive them of this, and can result in seizures, convulsions or even death.
The whole detox process is supervised and monitored 24/7 within our facility. Everyone who begins detox treatment with us will have their vital signs monitored closely, and can be treated with various medications to make the withdrawal symptoms easier to cope with.
Due to the unpleasantness of the detox symptoms, it’s difficult for people to complete it successfully without relapsing. If drugs are accessible, or the individual feels unable to control themselves, they will go back to the substances that have provided them with comfort before. At our facility, this isn’t an option, so the success rate is significantly higher.
Common symptoms of detox
Muscle pain and tension
Fluctuations in temperature
Mental and emotional:
Irritability and tension
This is not a definitive list of withdrawal symptoms or side effects, and depends largely on the specific substance being purged, as well as other factors. Different precautions may have to be taken, and detox may take longer.
The length and severity of addiction – If someone has been using for years, or even decades, their body will have built up a significant tolerance for, and dependence on, whatever substances they have been abusing.
Detoxing different substances
Clients may find that withdrawal from benzodiazepines is very similar to detoxing from alcohol, because they both work in a similar way. If withdrawal becomes particularly severe, patients can suffer from delirium tremens, which is classed as a medical emergency. This can occur in 10% of those experiencing alcohol withdrawal.
Stimulants (cocaine, ecstasy, methamphetamines)
The side effects from this are commonly mental as well as physical, and can include profound depression and suicidal thoughts.
Opiates (heroin, prescription painkillers)
Opiates are highly addictive and pose slightly different detox challenges; sometimes the withdrawal period can last for weeks at a time.
There are some medications that have been developed solely to treat opiate addiction and can improve the comfort and safety of the patient during detox. Methadone and buprenorphine can be prescribed to stabilize the patient.
Why is detox necessary?
Detox can feel torturous, so it’s a common emotional response for people to wonder why it’s all so necessary. Detox is the first step of recovery, not the whole process.
It’s crucial for the body to process the toxic substances and replace them with naturally-occurring ones before long term recovery begins. It’s a remarkable process, performed mainly by the liver and kidneys, and rids the body of anything it deems harmful. Those who have been using consistently for a period of time may not have been fully sober in months, or even years.
Treatment must begin with the individual is completely sober and fully detoxed; it’s counterproductive for someone to embark on rehabilitation treatment while still using.
How we approach drug and alcohol detox
We are fully aware that detox is no picnic, and we don’t lull our clients with any kind of falsehoods before they begin the process. After the admissions process, detoxification begins immediately, and we limit visitation during this medically intensive process. Your loved ones will be updated every step of the way while they’re unable to physically visit; no one will be kept in the dark. We provide:
Rapid drug detox
Inpatient drug detox
Outpatient drug detox
Full medical management and supervision
We have a medical facility onsite with doctors and nursing staff trained in addiction recovery. When detoxification begins they will test the urine and blood to get an accurate reading of what substances you have ingested, then take the appropriate medical precautions.
When detox begins, they will treat as many of the unpleasant side effects as possible, but it’s often impossible for them to prevent them. The body needs to process the toxic substances and get used to continuing without them, and withdrawal is an inevitable part of this.
Going Cold Turkey – Not a Good Idea
Going ‘cold turkey’ is often people’s chosen method if they decide to detox themselves privately at home. This can be extremely dangerous and can lead to fatalities because the body goes into shock and can convulse or seize.
Alcohol and opiates are the most dangerous drugs to quit instantly. The body is completely unused to functioning without the substance and struggles immensely to cope without it – this is what creates the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.
Stimulants like cocaine and amphetamines, while they do not generally lead to fatalities, still can induce intense psychological withdrawal symptoms which require professional attention.
We provide constant medical attention regardless of the drug or drugs of choice.
Treatment begins immediately after detox
Your mental recovery treatment will begin immediately after this, when you are physically and emotionally ready. We try not to delay any element of this once the individual is fully clean, so we can get them back on track and learning healthier lifestyle choices as soon as possible.