Before the recovery process can begin, the hazy fog of drugs and alcohol must be lifted. To do that, patients often need to go through a detoxification process to cleanse their systems of alcohol and/or drugs. The idea of “detox” can be terrifying to the addict or alcoholic who may have attempted to do so in the past, more often than not on their own; or to those who cling to an outdated view of detox as a horrible few days of straight jackets and padded rooms. At Cornerstone of Recovery, the reality is this: Medical detox is a safe process monitored by health professionals designed to make patients as comfortable as possible before they move on to the next phase of treatment.
Monitored by Healthcare Professionals
Patients in the detox program at Cornerstone are monitored 24 hours a day by registered, licensed nurses and clinical staff with oversight from our physician, a specialist in addiction medicine, along with our in-house psychologist.
Our physician evaluates each patient and determines a prescription regimen which makes the detoxification process easier and safer. Together, our experienced health-care staff ensures that everyone’s individual detoxification program is handled in a safe, controlled environment.
Length of Stay
While the length of one’s stay in the medical detox program depends on several factors (i.e. the chemical being withdrawn, quantity used, physical condition), the average stay in the medical detox program is three days.
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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