Medical Detox Program

Fear of withdrawal is a common deterrent to recovery. In fact, many of those who suffer from addiction are very reluctant to even attempt recovery because they assume they’ll be forced to contend with powerful withdrawal symptoms for an extended period of time.

As it happens, that’s not exactly true. Our Medical Detox Program minimizes the discomfort of detoxification, priming you or your loved one for a strong start to recovery.

What is Detoxification?

The best way to think of detoxification is as a deep cleanse for the body. It’s a period of time during which the body rids itself of all toxins and impurities — which, of course, includes alcohol and drugs — and returns to its natural state.

Used as the first stage of addiction recovery, detoxification also severs the ties of physical dependence between the body and a chemical substance. Where a person had previously experienced withdrawal symptoms after a brief time without alcohol or drugs, he or she would no longer be dealing with those withdrawal symptoms after completing detoxification.

Having taken care of a client’s initial physical needs, detoxification gets him or her ready to begin receiving actual treatment as part of a drug rehab program.

Who Needs Medical Detox Treatment?

There are certain substances that can be dangerous to stop taking abruptly. When addicted to one of these substances, medical detox treatment is strongly advised since this type of care provides round-the-clock medical supervision. This means the patient can detox safely without putting his or her well-being at risk.

The substances for which medical detox treatment is considered necessary include:

  • Opioids (e.g. heroin, prescription painkillers, fentanyl);
  • Benzodiazepines (e.g. Xanax, Klonopin, Valium);
  • Alcohol.

A common misconception is that the substances not listed above (e.g. cocaine, marijuana, crystal methamphetamine) aren’t physically or physiologically addiction. As it happens, there can be symptoms associated with withdrawal when a user abruptly stops taking one of these substances. However, these symptoms are generally psychological or emotional rather than physiological in nature.

The Medical Detox Program is often the first stage of care at Discover Recovery, designed to treat sub-acute withdrawal stages immediately following the cessation of alcohol or drug use. Through detoxification, the client is stabilized in preparation for the next phase of recovery.

Time spent in our medically-supervised detox treatment can vary according to the severity of the addiction and the client’s unique needs. However, most clients receive approximately a week of detox treatment.

While detoxing, our clients benefit from the support of a nurse practitioner and registered nurses who monitor their vitals in order to ensure client safety at all times. Similarly, our nursing staff will implement support and care to make the detoxification process as smooth as possible. It’s a much safer and more comfortable detox experience than is possible if detoxing independently at home (which is unsafe and ill-advised).

The objective of our Medical Detox Program is to help to put an end to each client’s physiological addiction to alcohol or drugs. Once this process is complete, our client can proceed to the next stage of rehabilitation, which involves participation in process groups, intensive counseling, and a variety of holistic treatment techniques.

Many patients who receive detoxification treatment at Discover Recovery continue into our Residential Program, our inpatient-style program that offers an intensive curriculum and usually lasts for 30 days or more.

Detox Treatments and Services

Alcohol Detoxification and Stabilization

Abrupt cessation of alcohol intake can be quite dangerous, particularly for individuals with severe alcoholism. If detoxification occurs too abruptly or without proper supervision, a condition known as delirium tremens can occur.

Alcohol acts as a depressant on the central nervous system by enhancing the effect of inhibitory neurotransmitters in the brain. When the body is suddenly deprived of alcohol, the brain experiences a deficit of these chemicals, which can result in symptoms associated with delirium tremens. Specifically, this can include:

  • Disorientation
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Inhibited mental status
  • Seizures
  • Respiratory failure
  • Death
  • Disorientation
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Inhibited mental status
  • Seizures
  • Respiratory failure
  • Death

However, our Medical Detox Program is equipped to help mitigate alcoholic withdrawal symptoms or delirium tremens. With the help of our trained, experienced nursing staff, clients can begin the healing process in comfort and complete safety.

During the alcohol detoxification process, our nursing staff will help manage a wide variety of symptoms, including headaches, anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, restlessness, loss of appetite, and depression.

Addiction Treatment With Compassion

Upon arrival at Discover Recovery Treatment Center, clients are greeted by our caring staff members and receive a full medical evaluation to determine whether detoxification services are needed.

When necessary, a personalized and highly detailed drug and alcohol detox program will commence. Throughout this process, our medical staff monitors the client around-the-clock to ensure comfort, manage withdrawal symptoms, and to make sure that the patient is safe.

As the body heals, the client’s state of mind will improve, making him or her much more receptive to the therapies and treatments. And it all begins with a safe, compassionate detox.

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