Find the right residential detox center


One of the first stages in recovery is the detox process. In order to enter a recovery program, you have to go through a detoxification process. This detox center can be located in your rehab center or it could be located at an offsite location. When the detox process begins the addict's body will begin to go through dangerous withdrawal symptoms, including their mental state. That is why it is important to find a residential detox center that has a trained and certified medical staff on hand 24 hours, seven days a week. Professional medical staff members at detox centers are trained to help ease these horrible symptoms that can be quite dangerous. They will help get you through your detox as easily as possible.

Why is having a Professional Medical Staff Important at a Detox Center?

Making sure you find a residential detox center with a professional medical staff is very important. Going through withdrawal from drugs or alcohol is very serious and should not be done without medical assistance. Addicts going through the detox process can have seizures and even die if the detox process is not done correctly. The medical staff will be there for you, to administer any medications and supplements that will make the process easier. They are also very knowledgeable in the correct dosage of the drugs that need to be given to wean you off of your addiction. They will take care of you every step of the way.

Types of Detox Centers

There are numerous types of detox centers available for addicts to enter. Residential detox centers are the most common type. However, drug addiction is a serious disease and like everyone, there is not one detox center that is right for everyone. Everyone has different needs and personality traits that need to be addressed. Therefore, you need to figure out which type of treatment would work the best for you. Outpatient detox facilities are available for addicts with a lifestyle that requires them to be active outside of the center. This type of detox center will provide treatment in a medical facility during the day. Then the addict can return home each night to attend to their personal matters. This type of detox center is best if the addict suffers from only one type of addiction, and the medical staff approves that no other risks are involved, health wise. Some of the advantages of attending an outpatient detox center include:

  • Mild addiction symptoms can be treated without being removed from your location.
  • Addicts can maintain their employment status and relationships with friends, family, and their spouse.
  • Greater amount freedom is involved.
  • Fewer disruptions in life activities and events.
Inpatient detox centers or residential centers are similar to outpatient detox centers, but are more intensive. Residential detox centers provide all of the same features that an outpatient detox centers provides, but you will receive 24 hour care and support throughout your entire detox process. The main advantage to this type of detox program is that you are constantly being monitored for anything that could go wrong during the detox process. You are also removed from any temptations, people with bad influences, and old habits of your prior drug or alcohol abuse. Living in this environment will help you build a stronger stance on your recovery and will make you less likely to relapse. Staying at a residential detox center will also help you transition into a rehab facility easier than doing an outpatient detox program and then transferring into an inpatient rehab center.

Which Detox Center is Right for You?

There are several questions that you and your family need to ask when you start looking for the right detox center. Questions you need to ask yourself and things to consider are:

  • Talking to more than one center, let us help you select the right center. We deal with many centers.
  • Do you need to see your family and friends?
  • Do they visitation hours?
  • Do you have any dietary issues or other health problems that need to be accommodated?
  • Do you need to keep your cell phone or computer with you?
  • Are electronics allowed?
  • Does the detox center take your insurance?
  • Will you need to pay any out of pocket expenses?
  • Location, how far away is the detox center?
  • How much distance should you put between you and your old environment?
  • How long will you need to be in the detox program? Various drugs have different detoxification time.
Make sure the detox center you choose will be able to handle all of your medical needs.

What Happens When You Enter a Detox Center?

When you first arrive at the detox center you selected, you will go through the intake process. During this intake process you will be asked a series of important questions regarding your drug history and your current drug abuse. It is very important to answer all the questions honestly. Answering these questions incorrectly can directly affect how you receive treatment and how medication will be given to you. You will also be assigned to a therapist that will work with you through your entire recovery process. Your therapist will also work with the medical staff to devise a personal treatment plan. Once the intake process is complete, you will be given a tour of the detox center. In the tour they will show you were everything is located so you can easily adjust to the center and focus on your detox and recovery. After the tour, you will be escorted to your room, to unpack your items. A counselor will help you to ensure you do not have any restricted items with you. You will receive a list of items that you cannot bring with you prior to entering the center. All restricted items will be held until you leave the detox center. Some restricted items may include over-the-counter medications and electronics, like cell phones. After you have unpacked, you will receive a complete physical exam. This exam will identify any medical conditions that should be addressed and treated during the detox process.

The Detox Process

The detox process varies in length of time, depending on what your drug of choice was and how long you were abusing it. Also, if you are addicted to multiple drugs or alcohol the process will take longer. The process can take several days to several weeks. This all depends on the severity of your addiction. Medications may be given to you during the detox process to help you deal with the withdrawal symptoms.

There are three FDA approved medications used to treat an alcohol detox. These three FDA medications can be given separately or all together. One or more of these medications may be given in order to ensure a successful detox that is up to the medical staff.
Disulfiram will deter an addict from drinking alcohol. Even drinking a small amount of alcohol will make the addict sick enough to stop drinking.
Acamprosate will help lessen the symptoms of withdrawal.
Naltrexone helps to control the cravings for alcohol use, thus preventing a relapse.
Drug detox medications include buprenorphine, methadone, which can be highly addictive too, and suboxone. Anyone given these medications will be closely monitored for any adverse reactions. Withdrawal symptoms from detoxification usually start within 12 hours after you last abused drugs or alcohol. These symptoms include:

  • Agitation, from not using drugs or alcohol
  • Anxiety accompanied by panic attacks
  • Chills, Cramping, or Muscle aches, your body is readjusting to life without drugs or alcohol
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Increased heart rate
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Trembling

What Happens After You Go Through Withdrawal Symptoms?

Once you have gone through the majority of your withdrawal symptoms, you will start to attend therapy sessions. These therapy sessions can be one on one sessions, group sessions, or both. By attending these sessions you will be building your support system. Cognitive behavioral therapy will help you identify the triggers that caused you to abuse drugs and alcohol. You will also learn to cope with stress and other emotions that would cause you to abuse drugs or alcohol. You will also find a hobby or interest to help you on your road to recovery. By partaking in something that interests you, you will form a connection that will allow you to focus on painting, hiking, surfing, or any other activity that interests you, instead of abusing drugs or alcohol.

Attending family therapy is often included in the recovery process. This type of therapy will allow your family to understand and deal with your addiction properly. This will also train them on how to act and treat you if a relapse occurs. This form of therapy also helps the family to learn how to be supportive during the rehab and recovery process.

Once your detox process is complete, you will begin the rehab portion of the recovery process. You may be able to complete your rehab at the same place as your detox, or you might need to transfer to a rehab center. Either way, you will have already laid the groundwork of your recovery process while going through detox. Rehab will help reinforce the structure you have set in place.

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