Drug or alcohol detoxification, or ́detox ́, is the first step taken before entering treatment at THE BALANCE, detox is for clients presenting with drug and alcohol dependency. Detox is a medical procedure and an assessment process, which requires an inpatient admission to a private hospital.
The initial procedure takes place to stabilize the patient, after which they are then able to move on to comprehensive treatment. Having a detox prevents some of the most intense and unpleasant symptoms which can often be a result of withdrawal. Detoxing and can help you to become abstinent from drugs and alcohol. After stabilization, the focus of detox shifts to monitoring and supporting various processes within the body; as it rids itself of the drug. It is important to note that detox is not considered a whole treatment for alcohol or drug addiction. Detox alone might help a person to stop abusing drugs and alcohol in the short term, but without follow-up care, medical, nutritional, and therapeutic work, the risk of relapse into problematic use again is highly likely.
Clients benefit at THE BALANCE from a combination of psychotherapeutic, nutritional, and medical treatment as part of the ongoing treatment post detoxification. This is known as ́holistic ́ treatment and recognizes that all areas of a person’s life need attention to regain health and well-Being. Patients who opt for a medical detox stop taking all substances and alcohol. As they experience withdrawal symptoms, a short-term medication plan for this detox stage might require them to take certain medications for a limited period to ease discomfort. For example, one common impact from drug and alcohol withdrawal is disturbed sleep, so you may be prescribed sleep medication for a short period, to help the physiological system return to some level of balance. It is important also to note that long-terms healthy relaxed sleep can take months to return based on other psychological and physical issues.
Another example is if someone experiences bone aches or muscle pain as a result of withdrawal. In such cases, you may be offered temporary pain relief. Controlled medications are available 24/7 to ensure patients have what is needed to get through the discomfort of detox as quickly as possible. Patience detoxing from alcohol is commonly given benzodiazepines on a regular schedule or as symptoms arise. These drugs can treat or prevent seizures and delirium and aren’t dangerous to take. However, these medications are not to be taken long-term; due to their cross-tolerance with alcohol, they can assist you in safely detoxing from alcohol. To treat the use of opioid drugs such as heroin and prescription painkillers, patients may be given the option to take longer-term medications. For example, using methadone or the drug combination buprenorphine (Subutex) and naloxone (Suboxone) to stop the more unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Over time, and under medical supervision, the dosage is lowered until the patient is drug-free.
Detoxification from both drug and alcohol dependencies is individual and based on the patients presenting health condition, severity and relative period of dependency. The amount of time that a patient spends in hospital for detox will also vary based on a client’s health, age, sex, and other individual variables. Typically, a detox takes between 2 to 5 days before a patient can be safely discharged but may take longer in more extreme cases. The main factor is it takes place in a hospital and under the supervision of a medical team, to ensure your safety and comfort.