Patients are detoxified under the professional care of a psychiatrist, nurses, social workers and psychologists who provide medication, monitoring, and support during the withdrawal process. The first stage of detox can be intense and uncomfortable but the staff will monitor the patient and make sure they are as comfortable as possible and safe. If patients want family members to be involved in this process of the treatment after 72 hours they can visit the patient at the facilities and they also offer family programs on Sundays. For continued continuity of care, patients are followed throughout treatment by attending physicians from both detox facilities. The attending physicians for detox are also part of our Recovery Ways Medical Team. When a patient leaves the hospital to admit to Recovery Ways, their discharge plan becomes part of a full and comprehensive treatment plan to ensure continued success toward recovery.
During the period of detoxification, Recovery Ways’ staff visits patients daily offering support and comfort. These ambassadors can answer any questions the patient may have about Recovery Ways and will help make their transition to our facilities more smooth and comfortable. Because of the strong affiliation that we have with our detox facilities, the move from detox to Recovery Ways is an easy and smooth transition for our patients. We know that a supervised medical drug detox program that addresses a person’s specific metabolic needs and health will reduce the risk of dangerous complications.
Medications Used for Detox
Some medications can be useful for helping patients safely detox from alcohol and drugs. They can help with some of the symptoms that occur such as depression, anxiety, inability to sleep, or they may even mimic the actions of the drugs in the brain so as to lessen the severity of the withdrawal symptoms. Some medications can even help lessen cravings for the drug. Going through a medically supervised detox program allows patients access to this kind of help during this process. Some of the drugs that may be used depending on each individual and the substances they abused include:
- Suboxone: A combination of buprenorphine and naltrexone. This combination relieves withdrawal pain and inhibits the effects of heroin.
- Buprenorphine: Is an opioid and interacts with the same receptors as heroin, with limited effects. It helps with withdrawal and cravings.
- Naltrexone: This blocks opioid receptors, reducing cravings and preventing heroin from having an effect when taking.
- Acamprosate: Can be prescribed when there are long-lasting withdrawal symptoms such as restlessness, anxiety, and insomnia.
- Disulfiram: Can be prescribed after alcohol detox and help prevent future drinking with negative effects if they do.
Some antidepressants, benzodiazepines, or carbamazepine if they also have an addiction to benzos can all help with depression and anxiety felt during this time and make the patient feel more comfortable.
Detoxing While Pregnant
If you are pregnant and motivated to detox for the baby’s sake it is important to know trying to do it on your own can be especially dangerous for you and the baby. It can cause stress on the baby causing severe fetal distress or even preterm labor. Medical detox is a must for pregnant women with the care of her and the baby being monitored we will help manage pain and get you through this stage of treatment.
Rapid And Ultra-Rapid Detox
Many people think that going through rapid and ultra-rapid detox may be easier or better. However, it is important to note that these methods are expensive, generally aren’t covered by insurance, and have many risks that outweigh the benefits including death. Going through a typical medically supervised detox program such as the one provided by Recovery Ways is the optimal choice financially and health wise. Medically supervised detox programs also have a higher rate of long-term success for the patients.
After patients complete their detox at one of the nationally known facilities an ambassador from Recovery Ways will bring them here where they will be introduced to the staff, given a tour, and discuss the continuation of their treatment plan. As patients progress through their program at Recovery Ways, they will experience several phases of treatment ranging from medical stabilization to education to relapse prevention. Our patients are highly involved in the development and implementation of their treatment plans in each phase under the guidance of our highly specialized multidisciplinary treatment team.
Start Detox Today
If you or a loved one is ready to start a medically managed drug detox, contact Recovery Ways immediately. Our admissions coordinators are available 24/7 to take your call or chat and provide you access to the best addiction detox available.
To start the admission process and start a new life free of drugs or alcohol, contact us here or call 888.986.7848.