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 In our Medical Detoxification Program, patients will be safely and slowly withdrawn from the drugs that have enslaved their bodies and minds; it’s the first step of the treatment journey and the most critical, because only with a clear head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. 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 commonly prescribe Tranxene, Robaxin, Clonidine and/or some 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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