Detox treatment is typically chosen first by those needing help with addiction. While the length of time needed for detox is different for everyone, it can be an effective option leading to more intensive treatment. We take a closer look at what’s involved with detox programs.
What Does Detox Do?
Detox is the process by which psychological addiction is eliminated via the removal of a substance from the body. No two detox programs are alike, but, generally speaking, detox essentially intervenes with medical measures that increase a person’s safety and comfort as a substance is removed and they enter into physical withdrawal. This is called medically supervised detox.
Why You Shouldn’t Detox at Home
Depending on the substance you are detoxing from, you may experience withdrawal symptoms that are intense enough to be life-threatening. These symptoms may include instability in heart rate and blood pressure, depression, anxiety, and delirium tremens, which can cause seizures, hallucinations, and confusion.
Detox is overseen by medical professionals, which allows them to help individuals cope with these kinds of intense or dangerous withdrawal symptoms.
The Stages of the Drug Detoxification Process
Before anyone can enter a detox program, they must first be evaluated. This initial stage includes blood tests and mental health screening, which provide guidance about the most effective next steps for treatment.
The next stage is where detoxification and stabilization occur. This involves the removal of the substance, dealing with withdrawal symptoms, and ensuring the person is medically stable throughout the process.
Because the initial detox only addresses the physical aspects of addiction, the final steps will prepare the person for more involved treatment, as well as lay out expectations they must meet in order to achieve a successful recovery.
Treatment Options Following Detox
Not everyone will receive exactly the same treatment following detox. However, these individual elements are typical of those offered by many drug detox centers. Residential inpatient treatment sees individuals moving into a residential facility. Daily life in residential treatment is structured and supportive and includes social activities as well as more involved addiction treatment.
Counseling is offered in the form of individual and group sessions. Group sessions can be with others who are in recovery, as well as with family members and other loved ones. In addition, individuals who require help for co-occurring conditions like mental illness or anxiety can also receive treatment for these conditions from trained professionals.
Many types of therapy can be applied during a person’s stay at a residential treatment center, including cognitive-behavioral therapy. These strategies teach participants skills and tools they will be able to use to maintain sobriety for the long term.
The Right Help for Recovery
Adelante Recovery Centers in Corona del Mar are treatment and detox facilities that offer trained addiction specialists dedicated to the lifelong recovery of all participants. We offer a supportive and safe environment where all can enjoy healthier and happier lives. Speak with a recovery specialist today to learn more about our detox and residential treatment options: (949) 427-9099.