Medical Detox Program
Drug and alcohol detox is often the first step toward a more healthy and positive life, but the uncertainties of detox and withdrawal can be nerve-wracking. Will withdrawal be painful? How long will detox last? Is it dangerous? Understandably, these are all common concerns people have regarding detox treatment.
At Positive Recovery Centers, we offer drug and alcohol detox in a welcoming environment where you can feel comfortable and cared for. Our top priorities are your safety and comfort and we provide individually-tailored detox programs.
We offer many different types of detox programs, including (but not limited to):
- Alcohol detox
- Heroin detox
- Cocaine detox
- Methamphetamine detox
- Prescription opioid detox
- Benzodiazepine detox
- Sleeping pill detox
- Synthetic drug detox (kratom, bath salts, etc.)
When is Detox Necessary?
If you want to get sober but you’re physically dependent or addicted to drugs or alcohol, you may need to complete a detox program before moving on to the next stage of treatment. Detoxification (also frequently referred to as detox) is the process in which your body clears itself of the harmful substances left over from drug and alcohol use.
During detox, you may experience some physical and psychological side effects that are unpleasant. This is called withdrawal. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, but your treatment team will provide medical assistance and administer medication when necessary to make sure you are comfortable and safe throughout the entire process.
A professional detox program may be necessary if:
- You are physically addicted to alcohol or drugs
- You would experience severe physical discomfort if you attempted to quit without medical supervision
- You would risk your health if you quit on your own without medical supervision
What is Medical Detox?
Without medical treatment, some withdrawal symptoms can be very uncomfortable or may even become life-threatening. Medical detox provides safe management of withdrawal symptoms in a comfortable inpatient setting. Clients receive round-the-clock medical care from experienced nurses and doctors who know how to recognize symptoms of drug and alcohol withdrawal and properly treat them.
Medical detox also provides clinical care to address psychiatric symptoms of withdrawal, such as anxiety, depression, or PTSD. This helps clients address their emotional responses to detox and prepare for ongoing treatment in a residential or outpatient rehab setting.
Detox is a highly individualized process and no two people will have the same experience. Choosing to detox at home can be risky, but medical detox is a safe, effective, and comfortable solution for people who are serious about getting sober and want to continue their treatment in rehab.
Although medical detox is an essential part of the recovery process, it’s important to recognize that it is not a cure for addiction and it’s not the only treatment you will need to overcome your addiction. Detox is merely the first step in a comprehensive addiction treatment regimen that will address issues of the mind, body, and spirit, all of which contribute to your addiction.
What to Expect During Detox at Positive Recovery Centers
Before you are admitted to our detox program, our staff will complete an evaluation to determine your physical and psychiatric needs. If we find that you have complex treatment needs that extend beyond the capabilities of our detox center, we will provide a referral to an acute care facility. Otherwise, we will collaborate with your doctor, family members, and other support individuals to develop a care plan that addresses your needs.
Our safe, medically-monitored detox treatment is provided under the care of our Medical Director or attending physician. Nursing care is provided 24/7 and our experienced staff will work diligently to support you during detox. You will be seen daily by a doctor or nurse practitioner and our counseling staff will conduct brief individual sessions. Once you are physically able, our staff will also guide you in completing some recovery work and assignments.
Our detox programs usually last three to five days, although this varies on a case-by-case basis. Once you have completed detox, we will provide recommendations for the next level of care based on your current progress and treatment needs.
Advantages of Medical Detox
- 24-hour medical care in a safe environment
- Treatment designed to meet the specific needs of each client
- One-on-one counseling and preparation for ongoing treatment in rehab
- Reduced risk of relapse due to a substance-free environment and supervision
- Collaborative care to support the best possible outcomes