Detoxification

Drug detoxification is an essential step in the process of recovery. Approximately 25 percent of the people who enter rehabilitation programs and facilities enter them because of the need for detox. Alcohol addicted persons make up the most substantial portion of individuals who enroll in facilities for help. Thirty-three percent of the people who seek detox are addicted to opiates, and ten percent of them have a problem with cocaine. The other 7 percent of detox patients are addicted to other substances such as meth, LSD, ecstasy, inhalants, and different additional harmful substances.

Getting Help with Awakenings

The Detoxification treatment program at Awakenings Rehabilitation provides seven day per week, 24 hours per day services to individuals suffering from alcoholism or drug abuse. Our detoxification program offers safe medical detoxification by monitoring and stabilizing withdrawal risks, biomedical conditions and complications supervised by a licensed physician. Qualified medical personnel including nursing staff are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Individual consultation with a licensed physician and ongoing daily review of the person-centered plan ensures progress towards treatment goals. The length of stay is determined by medical necessity and the average length of stay for a patient will be determined according to their specific needs.

The Importance of Drug Detoxification

Detox is an essential part of the recovery process because it opens up the gateway to other services. Detox allows a person to take a step back, relax, and let the impurities be removed from their system. The process of detoxification will be uncomfortable at times. However, at the end of the struggle, the person will start his or her new life of not being dependent on a substance for functionality. The services this individual acquires after the initial detox period will help to shape him or her into a productive member of society once again.

How Drug Detoxification Works

Detoxification begins with the addicted person ceasing the use of a particular harmful substance. Once the person does not ingest the substance for a certain amount of time, he or she will experience what professionals call withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal is the brain’s plea for the restoration of balance.

Medical Detoxification Program Goals are to:

  1. Monitor, decrease and medically stabilize withdrawal symptoms;
  2. Educate patients on the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and alcohol.
  3. Assess and treat emotional and behavioral complications exacerbated by the use of alcohol and illicit drugs.
  4. Assist patients in developing an aftercare treatment plan so that they can maintain abstinence in a less restrictive level of care.

When a person ingests a particular drug or alcohol, the elements within those substances cause brain chemical changes. Most of the changes that occur in the individual’s brain are incredibly pleasurable. Every person enjoys feeling pleasure. Therefore, once a person realizes that taking a particular substance invokes a sense of happiness or well-being, he or she continues to feed that substance to the brain. The brain develops a tolerance to the drug and refuses to perform normally in its absence. To express such refusal, the brain will send messages to the person’s body and spirit, because it thinks it needs the drug to function.

Services Provided Include:

  1. Examination by a physician and addictionologist within 24-hours of admission and physician visits on a daily basis while in withdrawal.
  2. Blood and/or urine drug screen upon admission.
  3. A multi-disciplinary treatment plan that addresses psychological, social, medical, substance abuse and treatment needs which is reviewed every seven days or as needed.
  4. Medication management of withdrawal symptoms by 24-hour seven days a week nursing care.
  5. Coordination of care with other treatment providers.
  6. Family or support system contacted within 48-hours and at least weekly there after unless contraindicated.
  7. Daily attendance in detoxification level of care specific evidence based, community/milieu, psychotherapy/process, and activity groups.
  8. Discharge planning that is initiated on the day of admission and includes appropriate continuing care plans.
  9. Individual and family therapeutic services are provided by licensed or certified professional in accordance with state laws.
  10. Clients are residing within a 24-hour substance use detoxification program.

Note that after approximately 36 hours, the addicted person will start to feel withdrawal symptoms caused by the brain’s defense mechanisms. Such symptoms may include anxiety, depression, irritability, vulnerability, muscle spasms, muscle cramps, profuse sweating, nightmares, insomnia, mania, delirium and the like. At Awakenings we provide on-site, licensed clinical staff that is available 24 hrs a day to supervise the psychological needs of those going through detox. We will provide Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) unless medically contraindicated, especially in members who have significant cravings or repeated relapses.

Benefits of Treatment

The best environment for detoxification as well as other services is in a treatment facility. The main advantage of choosing a treatment facility for detox and other services is the on-site care. If the person has a tough time adjusting to being without the drug, or he or she has some adverse reaction, staff members are right there to provide quick care. Being in a treatment environment also protects the client from bad influences. Drug-using friends and acquaintances are not able to persuade the person to start using again. Inpatient care increases the chances of a person’s overall recovery success rate.