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What’s the Process of Detoxification?
Medical detox from alcohol and other drug involves three essential components that meet the most standard needs and goals of detoxification. However, your plans, duration in treatment, and overall treatment process may vary. Detox in a professional detoxification facility may also involve using various medications to help patients manage their withdrawal symptoms safely, comfortably, and in a controlled environment.
Step 1: Evaluation
During the evaluation phase, a clinical professional looks at the patient’s physical and psychological symptoms and history. Initial evaluations assess a patient’s acute intoxication and withdrawal potential. From this assessment, they can recommend a detox level of care and create an individualized treatment plan that addresses the patient’s health care needs.
Step 2: Stabilization
As patients start experiencing the first withdrawal symptoms, the detox protocol focuses on stabilizing the patient and easing these symptoms. The goal is to provide a comfortable and safe environment for them to detox.
Step 3: Rehab
While detox is the first step in recovery, it isn’t the last one. Usually, patients are referred to an inpatient or long-term substance abuse treatment program. This rehab may be short-term residential treatment, long-term residential treatment, or outpatient care. An addiction specialist will provide assistance and guidance on how to proceed.
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What drugs cause withdrawal?
The following drugs are commonly associated with challenging withdrawal symptoms:
However, any substance that produces physical or psychological dependence can cause mild to severe withdrawal symptoms that can be uncomfortable. Even drinking alcohol can lead to withdrawal symptoms.
The dangers are that when people experience these symptoms they’re likely to use the substance again, which can lead to overdose.
What is a rapid detox?
The goal of “rapid” detox is to induce withdrawal in a controlled environment. This often happens when someone experiences an overdose, and they must detox from a substance. At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we advise against this form of detox; it has a high risk for adverse effects and even death.
Is alcohol rehab the same?
No. While the structure might be similar, alcohol addiction affects the brain differently, and we follow specific therapies and treatment programs designed to help those with alcohol use disorder.
Are all programs the same?
No. Our addiction treatment programs are designed and personalized to match your individual needs and your addiction.
What medications are used in detox?
Common medications used in drug detox can help to ease withdrawal symptoms. The medication will depend on the substance and may include:
While these substances alone can be addictive, a medication-assisted treatment program ensures patients only receive the necessary doses to promote their detoxification.
Who's involved in the drug detox process?
At a medical detox center, a patient will generally have access to physicians, psychiatrists, nurses, and treatment technicians. Some detox programs may also utilize therapists, substance abuse counselors, and dietitians.
Is family involved in treatment?
If possible. At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we believe family inclusion in treatment is critical for long-term recovery. Whenever possible, we’ll do our best to incorporate family members into the treatment process. We’ll also assist family members who might be challenging to cope with their loved ones being in rehab. People in recovery need the support of family and friends to make progress, so we often invite family members to form support groups during therapy.
Do you use medications?
If needed. For specific addictions, a medication-assisted treatment program might be beneficial, particularly during the early recovery stages. Medications can help ease withdrawal symptoms, control cravings, and treat any underlying health conditions. All of this makes the recovery process easier.
How long is the detox treatment?
Most patients complete drug and alcohol detox within a week. However, the length of treatment will depend on various factors like how much drugs someone used, which substances they abused, and how long the person has been using.
Is detox mandatory?
Most of our patients come to our rehab center after completing our drug and alcohol detox program. Someone must be no longer using substances to start a rehab program. Otherwise, withdrawal symptoms can interfere with treatment and make progress too challenging.
Can I use at-home detox kits?
At-home drug detox kits are available, but they can be ineffective and unsafe. Because withdrawal symptoms are unpredictable, it’s impossible to determine if you can use these kits at home safely. Should there be an unexpected complication, medical care may not be readily available, which could be dangerous in itself. Additionally, some withdrawal symptoms like delirium tremens can be life-threatening.
What's medically supervised detox?
Detoxification can be medically supervised in either an outpatient or an inpatient setting. These programs offer prescription medications to help the body taper off the substance abused or ease withdrawal symptoms.
Does Insurance Cover Medical Detox?
Insurance plans generally cover some or all of the costs of alcohol detox programs and drug detox programs. If you or a loved one is considering seeking help for addiction and looking to obtain information about your insurance plans, contact us.
It all depends on the treatment facility.
Our staff has immense experience and can provide a free and confident assessment. For more information regarding insurance coverage for drug inpatient rehab or alcohol detox, call our confidential and toll-free hotline today.
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