What is Detox and What Can You Expect?
Drug and alcohol detoxification, also known as detox, refers to the process of breaking an individual from the physical bonds of addiction. However, the physical ties are usually just as strong as the mental ties. Usually, there are several reasons why many people want to quit abusing drugs or alcohol. But, the long-term use of such substances has dramatically changed the way the brain and nervous system function, and therefore, the cravings can be overwhelming.
The side effects that occur during detox (otherwise known as withdrawals) can be dramatic and influential. These effects may vary widely from one drug to another, including things like cramps, aches, sleeplessness, paranoia and even hallucinations. For this reason, the process of detox can last a few days up to a few weeks.
The overall goal of the detox process at DreamLife Recovery is to minimize all of the symptoms of withdrawal and keep the individual as comfortable as possible. This is done with the oversight of medical staff giving individualized attention to each person.
After a short stay in our detox facility, the individual is ready to move into our residential or outpatient rehabilitation programs.
What Makes Detox Important?
Going through detox is especially important for the individual suffering from substance use disorder. The physical and mental ties can be so great that they are overwhelming to deal with alone. While there are some substances where the withdrawal symptoms are minimal, it is always better to take caution. Detoxification should be done in a safe, secure environment, where medical staff are available to aid the individual if more extreme symptoms occur.
This is one of the many reasons why we discourage attempting to detox at home. It is a very dangerous decision, and more often than not, life-threatening. With the possibility of severe symptoms such as delirium tremens, and seizures. We strongly recommend that individuals seek the help of medical professionals and do not attempt detox cold turkey.
The DreamLife Recovery Detox Process
We believe in an individualized approach to detox that is fully comprehensive and understanding of all facets of the patient’s mental and physical well-being. As the process begins, our team will be there monitoring your health and overall comfort. We will also provide any necessary guidance and support as you focus on overcoming this very difficult experience.
We do utilize medications as part of our detox process. We will provide more detail in our Medication-Assisted Treatment Section. Basically though, these will help offset any of the more dangerous side effects and reduce, or eliminate, the intensity of cravings.
Remember that detox is only the beginning of the process. Once you are through detox, the next step is a treatment program that is suited to your needs. Generally, we suggest residential (or inpatient) treatment to those suffering from prolonged addiction. However, some may qualify for outpatient programs.
Medication Assisted Detox
Withdrawal symptoms can pose significant risks if not managed and observed in a medical facility with trained professionals. These symptoms that are so closely associated with opiate addiction treatment also lead to strong urges to relapse. Medical professionals, at our state-of-the-art western PA, detox facility can help ease the discomfort of withdrawal symptoms with carefully-administered medications. DreamLife Recovery utilizes modern medication detox treatment protocols to make the detox treatment process more comfortable.
In addition to trained oversight with a low client-to-staff ratio, detoxification is managed by trained professionals in a safe environment. Should withdrawal symptoms be encountered during opiate addiction treatment, the optimal setting for coping with and recovering from these is a comfortable location. At our location, we want clients to feel safe and assured they can trust every staff member along the journey.
Our approach at DreamLife Recovery ensures around-the-clock support during a stay. We provide nutritious meals to assist the body and mind during the healing detoxification process. Our attentive counseling, risk-assessments and medical reviews can help the transition to the next level of care.