5 Things You Need to Know Before Going to Detox

5 Things You Need to Know Before Going to Detox

  • October 11, 2019

Detox is known to be the first essential step towards addiction recovery. However, there are a few important things to know before entering a detox program. If you aren’t detoxing at a professional and experienced detox center or rehab, it could be extremely dangerous.

Here are five things you or a loved one need to know before detoxing safely from drugs or alcohol:

1) Make Sure It's Licensed

Believe it or not, you don't need to be licensed by the state to open a detox for drug addiction and alcoholism if you don't provide actual medical detox. Doing your research before entering a detox program to ensure its safety is crucial. 

2) Medical Vs. Social Detox

On that note, there is a massive difference between a medical detox - that requires 24/7 nursing staff and the ability to use drugs to safely detox individuals - and a social detox.. Without a detox by licensed medical professionals, those struggling with alcohol or benzo addiction in particular can actually die if not detoxed properly. 

3) Are the Staff Licensed Medical Professionals?

Check how long it's been around and what the credentials are of its staff. Are they licensed medical professionals, or simply drug and alcohol counselors with a 2-year certification that offer only "social detox”?

A social detox involves careful monitoring of the patient through a residential inpatient setting. The patient is not administered medication, but is assisted through the detox process with counseling and therapy. Although a combination of counseling, therapy, and medically assisted detox can provide great results, it can be crucial for a patient to receive the medication they need when they’re going through the withdrawal process. 

Once again, doing your research and finding out exactly what a detox center or rehab offers is very important before recovering from addiction. 

4) Connections to Ongoing Treatment

Detox does not treat the underlying psychological or trauma issues surrounding addiction, detoxing only removes the physical addiction to drugs or alcohol. So it's important to connect with a detox that can help one find ongoing support post-discharge. 

Finding support after detoxing can make a huge difference in one’s recovery. This level of support can increase the chance of long-term recovery for you or a loved one. 

5) Does It Take Your Insurance?

SelectHealth is one of the largest health insurers in Southern Utah, but not all addiction treatment providers accept it. Make sure they take your insurance and that your insurance will cover the treatment. 

If you have questions about insurance coverage, don’t hesitate to call our admissions specialists. We can answer any questions you have about the best payment plans for you or a loved one to detox safely. 

Do you have questions about our Medical Detox program?

Shadow Mountain Recovery’s Detox Hospital offers individualized, effective, and innovative solutions for your clients, neighbors, colleagues, friends, acquaintances, and family members struggling with Opioid Dependency, Substance Abuse, or Addiction. 

Don’t wait another day to get the help you or a loved one needs. Call to speak to a recovery specialist now: (855) 266-3954.

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