What Is Detox?

What Is Detox?

What Is Detox?

Detox entails the process of the body ridding itself of a toxic substance, like drugs or alcohol, but it doesn’t stop there! Comprehensive detoxification also includes implementing healthy coping mechanisms for physical withdrawal symptoms. Beyond that, our medical team teaches our clients about learning how to withstand the mental cravings for drugs or alcohol.

What are Withdrawal Symptoms?

What are Withdrawal Symptoms?

What are Withdrawal Symptoms?

For those who struggle with drugs and alcohol, medical supervision is essential for making sure the body and mind respond in a healthy way to the sudden absence of dangerous substances in the body. Quitting cold turkey, at-home detox kits & “rapid detox” methods can lead to a lot of serious medical issues, including, but not limited to:
  • Heart irregularities
  • Stroke
  • Seizures
  • Tremors
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Mental health episodes
  • Death
Personalized assessments are key, so be careful with unsolicited advice and claims made by anyone other than your physician.

What are the main steps of detoxification?

What are the main steps of detoxification?

What are the main steps of detoxification?

Due to a variety of factors like severity and duration of the addiction, as well as the person’s individual health history, everyone’s detox needs are unique. But the process always involves three principle steps:
  • Evaluation: Doctors screen new patients for addiction history, physical conditions & mental health issues. Blood tests are used to measure the amount of drugs in the patient’s system which helps determine treatment plans and necessary medications. This determines detox timelines and patient acuity.
  • Stabilization: Patients are stabilized with medical and psychological therapy. The goal of stabilization is to prevent any form of harm to the patient. Doctors can prescribe medications to prevent complications and reduce withdrawal symptoms. Mental coping mechanisms for withdrawal are taught in this phase as well.
  • Preparing Entry into Treatment: The final step of detox is preparing the patient for a treatment program. Doctors & coordinators educate patients about the treatment process and what to expect. Some patients also require transitional support throughout the change to a residential setting.

What Is 'Inpatient' Detox?

What Is 'Inpatient' Detox?

What Is 'Inpatient' Detox?

With Residential or Inpatient Detox, the patients stay at a facility for a designated time, under constant supervision from doctors and nurses. Patients are not permitted to leave during the process, for their own safety & success. Length of stay is determined by:
  • The type of drug being abused.
  • How long the drug have been used by the patient.
  • Whether or not the patient is struggling with addiction to other drugs or co-occurring mental health conditions
  • Each patient’s personal addiction and recovery history. Patients coming to detox for a second or third time are almost always referred to Inpatient Detox.
  • Various other individual circumstances.

What Is 'Outpatient' Detox?

What Is 'Outpatient' Detox?

What Is 'Outpatient' Detox?

With Outpatient Detox, the patient can live at home, while receiving treatment several times per week at a treatment center. This may be recommended, if:
  • A patient’s withdrawal symptoms are expected to be mild.
  • A patient is at low risk for experiencing any type of complications from withdrawal.
  • Patients have a solid support system at home to help as they recover.
  • Patients are completely committed to their recovery.
  • Patients have never been through a relapse before.

What are effective detox methods?

What are effective detox methods?

What are effective detox methods?

Diet: A balanced diet will provide the body with the nutrients needed to reset itself and prepare for a life without drugs and alcohol. This also sets the stage for healthier eating habits during and after treatment.
Exercise: Physical activities like running, yoga or weight lifting can improve the body & mind’s physical recovery from drugs.
Medical Detoxification: A process that systematically and safely withdraws people from addicting drugs, under the care of a physician. This can include medications that help protect the body from life-threatening withdrawal symptoms.
Therapy: Counseling sessions that help patients address healthy responses to cravings.

How long does the Detox process last?

How long does the Detox process last?

How long does the Detox process last?

Detox typically lasts 1-2 weeks, and is mostly determined by the type of drugs the patient is struggling with.

Other factors can dictate timelines, which can be determined by a physical assessment.

 

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