Detox is the first step an addict takes to become sober. It is a critical part of the recovery process and, although it is not technically considered a treatment for an addiction, it is often considered the first step of a treatment plan.
Detox is considered the phase of treatment where a patient stops taking any drugs or alcohol and waits for the body to naturally rid itself of these harmful substances. This process can be uncomfortable, both physically and mentally, as patients often experience symptoms of withdrawal.
What is the process for detox?
Patients will first complete a phone screening with a trained addiction counselor. This consultation will help the patient understand what is ahead of them, and it will provide insight to the counselor regarding what the patient is going through.
After the phone screening and the patient has been accepted into treatment, the medical team will examine the patient, including a medical history review, blood work, and mental and physical health checks. These tests will help the team determine what will be needed for detox, if medication therapy should be considered, and what other forms of therapies will provide the best chance of success and help with withdrawal symptoms.
Some common symptoms patients experience are:
- Headaches or full-body aching
- Problems sleeping
- Anxiety, depression, or nervousness
- Erratic breathing and blood pressure
- Heart palpitations or increased heart rhythms
The detoxification length is different for everyone, but it generally lasts between three and ten days depending on what substances are in the patient’s system. Although not too common, some substances can take longer to leave the system.
How does a detox program help?
When it comes to detoxing, there are several forms of therapies used to lessen the side effects for patients. At Asana Recovery, we have 24-hour monitoring on individuals going through detox to ensure they are safe throughout the process. In certain cases, medications may be used to limit withdrawal symptoms and help addicts through detox more comfortably. Additionally, there are alternative and non-traditional detox therapies, counseling, and other services available to help.
What happens after detox?
After the detox process is complete, patients will move forward in a treatment program. There are both inpatient and outpatient programs available. Counselors and trained professionals will often work with you to see which program is best for your particular circumstances.
At Asana Recovery, we have an exceptional residential treatment facility that is modern, relaxed, and comfortable for patients. This calming environment allows patients to focus on their recovery while engaging in safe and healthy activities. Our facility is staffed with a medical support team including case managers, counselors, and therapists to help patients adjust.
Patients that come out of detox need to have this type of environment available to ensure they will continue on the right path. Call our admissions office at (949) 438-4504 to see how our detox program and residential treatment program can help you succeed.