Detox Treatment

Licensed Medical Detox + Treatment Services

The first step in the continuum of care for some clients is an appropriate detoxification for alcohol, benzodiazepines, and opiates. We offer both ambulatory and medical detox from drugs and alcohol. Our medical teams use a standard protocol approved for each type of drug detox as well as an alcohol detox. Our staff of licensed medical detox + treatment professionals, which are composed of doctors, therapists, RNs, and LPNs, are trained to handle all aspects of a detox along with the withdrawal symptoms. Our team provides a caring option for you or a loved one.

Before we get into details about what the detoxification process is like, it’s important to explain what a medical detox is.

What Is Medical Detox?

If a person is addicted or dependent to opioids like Vicodin, Percocet, OxyContin, oxycodone, methadone, or to an extremely dangerous opiate like heroin, the withdrawal from these may not be life-threatening, but it is so painfully excruciating that the U.S. government projects 95% of the individuals who try to stop taking the opioids on their own, without medical intervention, failing to complete the entire withdrawal process.

To address the safety issues involved, and the pain and discomfort matters of alcohol and drug withdrawal, many individuals are turning to medical detox facilities. Medical detox can address the medical and emotional needs of those individuals who need medical intervention to complete a successful detoxification from drugs or alcohol.

The word detox is short for detoxification. Detoxification is the removal of toxins (poisons or harmful substances) from the body. Alcohol and drugs are toxins. Medical detox means that the process of detoxification of the harmful substances like drugs and alcohol is done under medical supervision and compassionate care. However, it is important to understand that the end product of a successful medical detoxification is not the complete elimination of all the toxins in the body or even the complete elimination of any cravings or longing for alcohol or drugs. The end result of a successful medical detox is that the individual, in a more comfortable and relaxed way, is no longer at risk from not taking drugs or alcohol into their bodies. The individual is now ready to go begin treatment at a Shadow Mountain Recovery Center where they will be well taken care of and given the best help possible to achieve full recovery and sobriety from their addiction.

Program Offerings

In addition to detox services, we offer a comprehensive assessment that gets to the root cause of the substance use. Together, the detox and treatment 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

What You Need to Know Before Going to a Detox Program?

It may seem simple to go to any detox nearby to start getting clean, but there’s actually a few things you or a loved one should know before entering a detox program. Here’s a list of what you need to know:

  • Detox Isn’t Easy. Your body is definitely going to crave the drug that you’ve previously been taking. This can lead to withdrawal symptoms as well as potentially self-destructive behaviors.
  • 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 an actual medical detox. Doing your research before entering a detox program to ensure its safety is crucial.
  • 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.
  • The Times for the Detoxification Process Will Vary: Every individual is different. However, as a general rule, the process will take somewhere between two and three days. It usually depends on the drug used as well as the intensity and length of use.
  • 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 detoxes can provide significant 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 important before recovering from addiction.

  • 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.

  • Does It Take Your Insurance?: Make sure the rehab you or your loved one are going to that 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 perfect payment plans for you or a loved one to detox safely.

For some individuals, it may take a few tries to complete the entire detoxification process. Although some people are able, not everyone can complete the drug detox on the first try. If this ends up being you, don’t allow yourself to get discouraged. As long as you are committed to turning your life around and making the lifestyle change, you need to attempt the drug detox program again so that you can continue the rehab process.

Myths About Detox

There are many myths that surround the medical detox process. Before entering a detox or rehab program, it’s important to be informed about this complex process. Here are the most popular myths about detox that you shouldn’t believe:

Medical Addiction Recovery Is Simply Replacing One Addiction With Another.

Addiction is considered a severe and chronic condition. For that reason, the treatment is supervised under medical professionals and is considered a medication. It is never thought of as a substitution or a replacement.

Methadone is Just as Dangerous as – If Not More So Than – Heroin.

When used improperly, yes, the drug methadone can be extremely dangerous. However, methadone is a medication that is 100% legal. Approved pharmaceutical companies produce it under quality control standards. The effects that are produced by methadone are significantly less dangerous and debilitating than the effects that are experienced by heroin.

Methadone is taken orally in a clean and safe environment, whereas heroin is typically injected in un-sanitary settings. With that being said, methadone treatment can dramatically reduce the rate and spread of HIV infection and STDs. Methadone will not cause the deterioration and decaying of your teeth, nor will it exhaust your calcium levels. Individuals’ health may actually improve while taking methadone. For pregnant women suffering an opioid addiction, methadone is only the only mediation approved.

Once the Medical Detox Has Been Completed, Everything Will Be Fantastic.

Unfortunately, this is not true. Effective drug abuse treatment goes beyond just the medical detox. There is more to your drug abuse issue than the drug itself. It goes deeper than that. While it is true that medication plays an important role in your treatment, it often needs to be combined with counseling and other forms of behavioral therapy to be effective.

Signs, Symptoms and Information

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.

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