Are You Looking For A Drug Detox Treatment Center?
Watching a loved one in withdrawal from a substance is very painful to watch. For years we’ve been told that the only option to help rid the body was to help the patient deal with the symptoms, mostly by offering love and support from afar, while they went through a horrific ordeal lasting 3-7 days. There was little they could do, besides providing fluids to prevent dehydration. At times, the situation became so severe that a person could die from the process. A serious situation, indeed.
What is Drug Detox?
The Oxford dictionary defines detox as a process or period of time in which one abstains from or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances; detoxification. This definition is very clean and clinical when the actual process is anything but.
The process of eliminating toxins from the body is a tedious business. Depending on the toxin, the process takes from 3-7 days. It also depends on how long the addiction has lasted. Because your body has built up a physiological need for this substance, let’s say alcohol. The longest you can usually go without it is about 8 hours or a person’s usual sleep cycle.
Trying To Quit Cold Turkey
Long-term alcohol abuse can leave a person shaking within moments of waking. These symptoms are known as the DTs or delirium tremens. If no alcohol is drunk, confusion, high blood pressure, fever, and possible hallucinations will ensue.
It’s evident from these symptoms that a significant reason alcohol use continues for years uninterrupted is that the process of trying to quit is painful and scary. Without proper supervision and guidance, things would spiral out of control.
Who Requires Detox?
We recommend that anyone addicted to a toxic substance found below, attend a medical facility to aid in the detox process.
Benzodiazepines or sedatives like lorazepam or diazepam or Xanax
Opioids like Vicodin/hydrocodone, oxycodone, Percocet or heroin
Hallucinogens like Acid, PCP, or MDMA/molly/ecstasy.
Barbiturates like Seconal and Hypnotics like Ambien
Stimulants like Cocaine, Meth or Adderall
Why Choose a Medical Detox?
The process of detoxing is not pretty. It can put your life at risk and takes a long time to pass. For clients with these issues, we recommend that you detox in a supervised facility with licensed medical professionals who have experience and expertise treating people at this point in recovery.
What is the Standard Timeline for Withdrawal?
As soon as the body senses there is no drug/alcohol present in its systems, withdrawal symptoms will begin to manifest. Each substance has a different symptom, and it depends on how long the drugs have been affecting the brain and body of the person.
Numerous factors influence the complicated process of withdrawal:
The type of substance abuse
Length of time patient has been addicted to the substance
The method of delivery (injecting, smoking, swallowing, or snorting)
The genetic makeup of the individual
Other mental health issues or underlying unmet medical care
If you or a loved one has struggled with a substance use disorder for many years or has a medical condition, these persons will have far more intense and longer-lasting symptoms of withdrawal.
A medical study by an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, Cambridge Health Alliance, broke down the timeline of drug and alcohol withdrawal.
Alcohol: Withdrawal can start within eight hours or up to a few days based on last drink
Prescribed Opiates: Withdrawal can start 8-12 hours after previous consumption, peak symptoms seen 12-48 hours and can last up to 10 days
Prescribed Meds: Withdrawal can start 1-4 days after the last usage, and symptoms usually subside with 3-5 days. But since seizures are a possibility, this must be monitored in a detox program at a medical facility.
What Are The Symptoms of Non-Medicated Withdrawal?
Nausea, Vomiting & Diarrhea
Severe Whole Body Pain
Change in Blood Pressure
After years of substance use, the body has become accustomed to a certain level of that item in the bloodstream and feeding the brain. The brain builds up a tolerance to the amount, and a little more is needed each time to achieve the same level of altered state, or high. This tolerance is why addicts seem to constantly level up.
Depending on each person’s level of tolerance, their detoxification process can vary from mild to severe. For all the reasons listed above, trying to quit cold turkey at home is quite dangerous. There are serious risks to your life and all the more reason to make sure you choose an addiction center that specializes in safe and comfortable detoxification.
What to Expect from Medically Supervised Detox at Shadow Mountain
In addition to detox services, we offer a comprehensive assessment that can get to the root cause of substance use. Together, the detox and ensuing treatment plan typically last no longer than 14 days. Our Detox + Treatment Programs offer the following:
MDs and RNs supervising and supporting you 24/7
Withdrawal symptoms medically managed in a comfortable environment with private rooms
Standardized psychological and psychiatric assessments
Help understand the underlying issues driving your substance use disorder
An appropriate treatment plan created by you and professionals
We help you get the life you want and develop specific next step planning that can get you there
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 find ongoing support post-discharge.
Why is Medication-Assisted Treatment Preferred?
During Detox at Shadow Mountain, we will use Medication Assisted Treatment or MAT to make sure you remain comfortable while under our care. We use medications that can alleviate the symptoms of withdrawal in tandem with behavioral therapy and holistic treatments. These have proven to be most effective in the handling of opioid use disorders (OUD).
MAT helps to stabilize the brain’s chemistry and body functions without side effects. It shuts off the euphoric effects of opioids and alcohol and eases the body carefully away from cravings. The brain is able to relax and focus on something besides purely trying to stay alive.
It can be likened to a broken leg. A person can hold a limited conversation with a broken leg, but this is not the time to be making big life decisions. Until the leg is set and the pain addressed, your attention is completely focused on the broken leg and nothing else matters.
People struggling with addiction often make choices in what seems like a chaotic and unhealthy way. They are unable to even consider problems on a higher level until they get their fix. The problem is that for most, the fix leaves them incapacitated and out of touch with reality. So real life is never addressed and connections with friends and family fall by the wayside.
What Medications Are Used In MAT?
Methadone (In some cases)
Vitamins and Electrolytes
These medications are specially formulated and titrated to meet each client’s needs during the withdrawal process and prevent discomfort while allowing the brain to process and work through things during behavioral therapies and other holistic activities.
Holistic Activities at Shadow Mountain range from meditation, yoga, acupuncture, and group activities where the brain is encouraged to think outside the box and examine possibilities not yet considered.
Holistic care seeks to restore a patient to a state of complete health rather than merely treating his or her symptoms. We are able to draw from the vast resources around us to incorporate activities like zip-lining, hiking through the majestic landscape, or even taking the time to attend a local art show and soak up some of the rich Southwestern cultures.
Finding support after detoxing can make a huge difference in recovery. This level of continual support can increase the chance of long-term recovery for you or a loved one, and help to sustain recovery long term.
Shadow Mountain’s success rate, according to an independent study, is 85%. That means out of 100 people who enter rehab at Shadow Mountain, 85 leave feeling brighter, lighter, and happier than they’ve felt in years for some.
What medicine is good for detox?
Suboxone, Methadone, Antibuse, and Ativan are all helpful medicines for detox treatment.
What happens during a detox?
The body is purged of toxins and poisons during detox.
What are signs your body is detoxing?
The side effects of detoxing are sweating, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, confusion, chills, severe body aches, and possibly hallucinations.
How do you feel when your body is detoxing?
Detoxing is very painful on the body. For this reason, it can bring up suicidal ideation and attempts. Supervision is crucial to make sure the patient is safe at all times.
Do You Have Questions About our Medical Detox Program?
Shadow Mountain Recovery offers individualized, effective, and innovative solutions for your clients, neighbors, colleagues, friends, acquaintances, and family members struggling with opioid dependency, substance abuse, and any other addiction. Please call us at 800-203-8249 if you or someone you know is struggling and contemplating rehabilitation.
Don’t wait another day to get the help you or a loved one needs. Call us now.