Detox - Willow Springs Recovery

Third Step: Detox

The detox process has the potential to be uncomfortable, and when done incorrectly, dangerous. Going through detox in a facility that specializes in helping you safely and comfortably clear substances or alcohol from your system can offer an excellent first step in addiction recovery.

Once a client has completed the intake process, they will head directly to detox. This is the time in which all of the substances will leave your body. It is also a pretty difficult time for many, which is one of the reasons that undergoing detox in a safe, medically supervised environment is essential.

For some, the detox process is fairly easy. They feel decent and are motivated to begin group and individual therapy sessions at this time. Others just want and need to rest. Either way is just fine. It’s your recovery, and your needs guide the timeline.

What Does it Mean to be Medically Supervised?

Depending on the source of one’s addiction, trying to quit using or drinking cold turkey without help can be dangerous. Seizures, high blood pressure, dehydration, slow or rapid heartbeat, insomnia, and physical aches and pains are just some of the challenges that many people face when working to cleanse their bodies of alcohol or substances.

Detox protocols are put in place depending on the source of addiction, as well as the frequency of use and severity of the addiction. These methods are meant to normalize and regulate the physiological functions of the body, as well as help to address the physical discomfort that the detox process can cause.

A medically supervised detox process ensures that the bodily systems are functioning and that the more dangerous aspects of going through detox can also be navigated safely. Not only do clients enjoy round-the-clock medical attention, but they also are monitored to ensure that they are as comfortable as possible.

What Does the Medical Team Do to Make Detox Easier?

When you undergo a medically supervised detox process, it’s important to understand that no matter what, you still need to let the substances or alcohol leave your body. However, there are certain things that doctors and nurses can do to keep residents comfortable.

This includes maintaining hydrating and blood pressure, encouraging nutrition, and even offering certain medications to help make cleansing the system without relapsing a possibility.

Keep in mind that certain methods, including medications, will likely have to be discussed between our doctors and the team of doctors that your insurance company has assigned to your case. This is to ensure that you get the best level of care for your situation and that every aspect of your treatment is covered.

Where Will I Stay During Detox?

Those who are undergoing detox will stay in our facility. While you may begin treatment during this time if you choose to, it is not required. While clients going through the process stay in the detox part of our facilities, it is not considered to be part of the “residential” treatment program.

Keep in mind that almost everyone that comes to treatment will need to undergo some kind of medical detox before entering their chosen recovery program. This minimizes the chances for relapse and helps clients begin the rehab program with a clear head and solid intentions. It also ensures the safety of all clients by maintaining an alcohol and drug-free facility.

How Long Does Detox Last?

In general, detox will usually last between seven to 10 days. It often depends on the severity of the addiction, the amount of substances or alcohol typically consumed, and any underlying conditions you may have, as well as other factors such as body composition, the time when you last drank or used, and how well you’re doing with detoxing.

In some cases, the detox process can be shorter, but it is up to the medical provider to determine that this is an option.

What About Medication Assisted Treatment?

For some who have been using substances like heroin for a long time, or who have a severe addiction, medically assisted treatment is a possibility. These drugs often help a person to fight cravings and urges that strike long after detox has completed. They have been shown to help people overcome their addictions to opioids in the long term.

These medications may be available to you, depending on many factors that include the source of your addiction, the amount of time that you have been struggling with substance abuse, and your insurance, as well as the diagnoses from our doctors and your insurance doctors.

What Happens After Detox?

After you are determined to have completed detox, it will depend on your insurance coverage whether the level of care you receive will take you to residential treatment, PHP, or if you will go to an off-site intensive outpatient program (IOP). You will be assessed by our medical staff, and your case will be reviewed by your insurance company doctors to determine the level of care you continue to need, as well as your potential for a healthy recovery based on both treatment options.

Medical disclaimer:

Sunshine Behavioral Health strives to help people who are facing substance abuse, addiction, mental health disorders, or a combination of these conditions. It does this by providing compassionate care and evidence-based content that addresses health, treatment, and recovery.

Licensed medical professionals review material we publish on our site. The material is not a substitute for qualified medical diagnoses, treatment, or advice. It should not be used to replace the suggestions of your personal physician or other health care professionals.

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