Medical Detox

Medical Detoxification can be a critical time in a patient’s journey toward recovery because the symptoms of withdrawal can be difficult to manage and potentially life-threatening.

Medical Detox For Alcohol & Drug Addiction

For almost every patient who inquires about our services, the first question they have is, “How bad is detox going to be?”

It’s an understandable fear, especially for those who have gone through withdrawals on a lumpy couch in the basement or on the concrete floor of a jail cell. There’s no worse feeling in the world, because while their brains may know that they’re not in physical danger, their bodies are screaming otherwise. And sometimes, as is the case with benzodiazepines and alcohol, they may feel like every tremor is the beginning of a seizure that could indeed be life-threatening.

If they have no point of reference for treatment, they may be afraid that at Cornerstone of Recovery, they’re signing up for more of the same. Those fears, however, don’t align with reality. In our Medical Detoxification Program, patients will be safely and slowly withdrawn from the drugs that have enslaved their bodies and minds; it’s the first step of the treatment journey and the most critical, because only with a clear head and in comfortable skin can they begin to grasp the life-changing concepts of recovery that will lead to long-standing, permanent sobriety.

In that sense, Medical Detox is an investment – for them, and for us. We can’t provide you with the clinical and counseling services you need until you’re in a shape to receive them, and you can’t get your money’s worth until your every waking thought is no longer occupied by the desire to get high in order to stave the crippling physical and emotional pain that accompanies withdrawal. For that reason alone, we believe that it’s our imperative in Medical Detox to return you to some semblance of humanity as quickly and safely as possible.

Upon admission, our team of certified, caring and competent medical professionals begin to diagnose the severity of your problem. What drugs are you taking? How much and how often are you taking them? What are your vital signs like? How stable are you, physically? Even if you don’t meet the criteria for medically assisted detox, you’ll be placed in a 24-hour stabilization hold in our Assessment and Orientation Unit (A&O) for monitoring purposes; and while we hope you understand how important it is to let us know exactly what and how much you’re using, we know that you come to us frightened and mistrustful. Not every patient is forthright with that information, which is why it’s critical to keep an eye on you for a couple of days, so that if problems do arise, we can step in and alleviate your discomfort. Because that’s our entire goal – to keep you as comfortable as possible during this process.

What's it going to be like?

During your stay in Medical Detox, you’ll be assessed every four hours by nursing staff, who will monitor vital signs like your blood pressure, temperature and pulse oximetry; if warranted by our staff medical director, you may also be prescribed certain medications to make the process more comfortable, including:

  • For benzodiazepine and alcohol withdrawal, we prescribe Phenobarbital;
  • For opiate withdrawal, we tend to use Subutex, Robaxin and/or Clonidine;
  • For cocaine, we utilize Bromocriptine.

While in Medical Detox, you’ll also be provided with three delicious and nourishing meals a day and be given an opportunity to attend an orientation group, an evening wrap-up meeting and, three times a week, AcuDetox sessions by a trained acupuncturist, who administers a five-point ear protocol that can ease withdrawal and enhance the recovery process.

Ultimately, however, you’re given ample opportunity to relax, recharge and allow your body and mind time to heal themselves before you’re integrated into a treatment community of peers. A typical detox stay is three to five days, but depending on the severity of a patient’s symptoms, it may require more time. Our goal is to provide you with that time while keeping tabs on your physical well-being and ensuring that your stay is as comfortable and safe as possible.

Is it going to be uncomfortable?

We can’t promise there won’t be some degree of discomfort; after all, you’re stopping a process of self-inflicted physical and mental abuse, and your body and mind will need time to adjust. It’s not an instantaneous method of cessation. But you’re not a prisoner, you’re not placed in a locked room and you’re not held against your will. You’re free to leave at any point … but we encourage you to stay, and we’ll be there to talk you through the difficult moments and administer what medication we can to get you through the physical challenges. Yes, you are allowed to smoke cigarettes outside, or you can use treatment as an opportunity to quit using nicotine too. We can talk with you about nicotine cessation aids and techniques while you’re here, if you’d like; just ask the nurses on duty.

Let us assure you of this: On the other side of Medical Detox, a whole new world awaits. It’s not one you can fully comprehend in a state of inebriation or withdrawal, but we can assure you, it’s worth the journey and the hardship – minimal though it may be – you might feel in the beginning. We hope you’ll give it, and us, a chance. Call today and see if our Medical Detox Program can help you with your addiction.

How do I know if Medical Detox is needed?

  • Have you had withdrawal symptoms before?
  • Have you tried on your own to stop drinking and/or using drugs before and failed?
  • Does your home environment hinder you from outpatient detox?
  • Do you have a serious medical condition?
  • Do you have an extremely high tolerance for mood-altering chemicals?
  • Are you a threat to yourself or others while under the influence?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, medical detox is necessary.

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Alcohol & Drug Addiction Treatment Services

The Path To Recovery Starts At Cornerstone

Medical Detoxification can be a critical time in a patient’s journey toward recovery because the symptoms of withdrawal can be difficult to manage and potentially life-threatening. A team of certified, competent and caring professionals work together to ensure that we provide the best medical care for our patients. The Medical Director prescribes detox medications to keep the patient safe and reasonably comfortable.

While receiving detoxification medications, patients also attend Acudetox groups utilizing a specific acupuncture protocol, psychoeducational groups, and experiential activities. However, detox patients are also given sufficient opportunity to relax and allow their bodies to begin the healing process. Patients on a detox protocol are monitored 24 hours a day and the typical length of detoxification is 3 to 5 days and may be longer depending on the severity of the patient’s withdrawal symptoms.

This unit is designed to support our patients as they enter treatment and begin to invest in their community of peers. An extensive battery of assessments is performed to identify the patient’s bio-psycho-social-spiritual strengths, needs, and barriers to recovery (such as chronic pain, dual diagnosis, trauma, or other co-occurring disorders). This comprehensive assessment process provides our medical and clinical teams with much of the information they need to build a treatment plan that is individualized for each patient.

Our NON-NARCOTIC PAIN MANAGEMENT PROGRAM offers solutions that eliminate and or reduce the dependence on medications to treat pain and improve treatment outcomes. We are able to reduce pain and improve the recovery process. We offer sound information and teach skills that the patient can use to improve coping, relaxation, mindfulness, nutrition, and much more. Some of the modalities we use are Reiki, Rubenfeld Synergy, Acupressure, Mindful Stretching, and Addiction Free Pain Management Education.

We believe healing occurs through direct experience. Experiential activities amplify the traditional therapeutic
modalities that are part of our milieu. Fitness, Meditation, Relaxation Therapy, Yoga, Spirituality Groups, Ropes Course, Mindfulness, Art Therapy, Drumming Circles, and community outings are some components of experiential healing at Cornerstone. Patients who participate in experiential therapies report reductions

Family Therapy is an integral part of all of the clinical programs at Cornerstone. Early on in the treatment process, we conduct a Family Questionnaire which allows family members and close personal friends to have input that impacts the patients treatment plan. When appropriate, there are Family Therapy sessions throughout the treatment process. These sessions are designed to work through relationship issues, enhance communication, educate the family about the disease of addiction and provide them with emotional support while their loved one is in treatment. Through this support, the family will gain knowledge about the treatment process and how they may be unknowingly supporting the addiction through co-dependent and enabling behaviors.

Family members will learn about how to engage in personal growth and change through various 12 step programs, so that the family can heal together trough the recovery process. Cornerstone requires that each patient complete Family Fundamentals, an intensive three-day family program designed to provide intensive education, group therapy, family therapy, 12 step meeting experience, and an opportunity to repair the damage caused by active addiction. Family members are strongly encouraged to attend the Family Fundamentals program along with the patient. Cornerstone also has a weekly family education group for family members and an ongoing support group for parents of young adults who are struggling with addiction or who have recently entered recovery

The Continuous Care Program upholds Cornerstone of Recovery’s treatment philosophy that chemical dependency is a chronic incurable disease that requires the consistent and continued attention of each patient for a lifetime. Recent scientific studies of the disease process have determined that full remission from active addiction does not occur until an individual has experienced at least 18 months of continuous sobriety, long after most intensive treatment programs have concluded.

In response to this knowledge, the Continuous Care Program provides services for a period of at least 18 months following treatment, to ensure that each patient has the opportunity for professional support throughout the early stages of their recovery. During this time, patients are encouraged to practice the skills and tools they learned and developed in treatment as they find their way back
into their home, work, and social environments. They are able to talk with Recovery Coaches and therapeutically
process the ups and downs they experience in sobriety. Active participation in the Continuous Care Program is vital in establishing a lifelong, solid recovery plan.

The Support Living Facility (SLF) provides a safe environment for patients to continue to learn and practice self-management and interpersonal relationship skills while solidifying their recovery program. It can take several months for individuals to become comfortable enough in their recovery to successfully move away from the environment where they got sober. The SLF Program allows men and women to experience some of the freedoms they will experience after treatment while they are supported by thier peers, staff, and a sober environment. Staff monitors the community through regular contact, group therapy, spirituality groups, relapse prevention groups, drug screens, and random checks of the living quarters. Eventually, the patient is allowed to retrieve their cell phone, to leave the premises, operate a vehicle and obtain employment. The minimum length of stay is 2 months (while the individual concurrently is in the IOP Program). Patients often choose to stay in SLF longer while they continue to build their recovery network and become more comfortable with the life changes they’ve made.Typical length of stay varies from 2 to 6 months, depending on the patient’s clinical needs.


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