Drug Detox – What You Need to Know

Drug Detox – Learning What Is Involved

When you enter drug detox, you have made a life-changing decision. Entering a detox program is the first step towards getting your addiction under control and moving forward with your life.

Therefore, we want you to feel comfortable about which drug detox facility you select. 

That is why you need to know everything you can about drug detox. In other words, it is important to know what to expect.

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Some of the Common Questions

Most of our clients ask the following questions.

  • How long will I stay in a program?
  • What is the usual treatment plan?
  • What steps will I follow for recovery?
  • How do I enroll?
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A Drug Detox Program – A Basic Overview

The following information gives you more details about how drug and alcohol detox work. Because the first 30 days in drug detox are critical to your success, we want you to know everything you can about drug detox so you can proceed with your goals.

Confidentiality

Our partner programs We support HIPPA’s PHI (Privacy Health Rule). The PHI safeguards individually identifiable health details” transmitted or held by a detox facility or similar health provider in any type of medium, oral, paper, or electronic.

Treatment Cost

The amount you pay for treatment will depend on the program and length of stay. Once your insurance is confirmed, you will get an idea of the cost. You may also self-pay if you do not have health insurance.

Entering a Drug Detox Program

You can enroll in a drug or alcohol detox program immediately, if you wish. That is why our partners’ advisors work continuously. They want to help you get what you need. The programs we represent provide detox services for both illegal drug use and the abuse of prescription drugs.

Treatment Length

Drug detox services may last from 30 to 90 days. How long you stay depends, again, on your specific needs. However, that is a general estimate. You can opt for either inpatient or outpatient services. For instance, if you enter into an inpatient program, you may spend from 30 days to 12 months in a detox facility.

Aftercare Programs – Preventing Drug Relapses

Your efforts toward detox donot end after you leave. Our partner programs provide aftercare so you can stay drug-free, and do not relapse.

Detox Program Phases

Most drug detox program plans feature basic three phases.

  1. Intake and assessment
  2. Medical drug detox
  3. Customized treatment
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The Intake Phase – Why It Is Important

During the intake and assessment phase, medical professionals perform a physical assessment and review your medical history. Doing so allows program providers to  tailor a treatment plan so it meets your individual health needs..

Detox Medicines

Drug detox. medications minimize the symptoms of withdrawal. After withdrawal, you are placed in a customized counseling and rehab program. Program providers determine a treatment plan during the first intake phase.

Drug Detox – The Most Difficult Aspect

The hardest part of drug detox is withdrawal. Your body believes that it needs more drugs to properly function. Detox is about removing a drug or drugs from your system so your body can relearn how to function without the drugs. Read the information below to see what is involved.Preventing a Drug Relapse – Using a Customized Treatment Approach

After going through drug detox, a patient must learn how to avoid a relapse. It is not enough to get rid of the drugs, the patient also needs to make specific lifestyle changes. Therefore, drug detox programs feature options that include psychological and nutritional counseling and support during and after the withdrawal phase.

What Exactly is Drug Detox?

Before defining drug detox, you need to look at the goal. The goal of drug detox is to physiologically heal a long-term drug addiction. This must be done first, through stabilization, followed by detoxification. The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) states that, following stabilization, the detox process focuses on the medical monitoring and support of various body processes, as the body gets rid of a drug or drugs. This activity is coordinated with managing the unpleasant side effects of drug withdrawal.

It is important to note that detox does not represent a whole treatment approach for drug addiction, regardless of the drug or drugs used. Addiction is both physical and psychological. Therefore, patients must also receive psychotherapeutic services. While detox, by itself, may help a patient form using drugs for the time being, he or she will also need to undergo follow-up care to manage the changes that take place in the brain from long-term substance abuse.

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Length of Withdrawal – How Is It Determined?

The length of the withdrawal is based on the following factors:

  • The drug or substance that you used
  • The length of the addiction and its severity
  • How the drug was abused (smoking, swallowing, injection, or snorting)
  • The amount of a substance used at one time
  • Family medical history
  • Severity of the addiction
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Your current health

What You Need to Know about Withdrawal

Withdrawal or detox is not cut-and-dried. What a user experiences during withdrawal depends on his or her individual addiction. For example, it typically takes longer for withdrawal symptoms to surface if your drug of choice is long-acting. In fact, symptoms may not appear for several days after you enter drug detox. If the abused drug is short-acting in duration, withdrawal symptoms often begin right away.

What the Research Shows

According to drug detox research, when a patient detoxes, an abrupt cessation of different drug classes will trigger different sets of symptoms of withdrawal. Therefore, the intensity of the symptoms varies from one person to the next, depending on the length of an addiction, the combination of drugs used, the doses of the drugs abused, and, whether  an abused substance is long-acting or short-acting.

Addiction research show that common withdrawal symptoms[1] during detox usually involve mental or physical changes with respect to mood, sleep, drug cravings, or comfort. For example, patients may experience shaking, sweating, chills, or other flu-like symptoms, such as vomiting, nausea, runny nose, or headache.

Types of Detox Programs

Our service providers offer two types of drug detox programs. Again, the specific drugs abused as well as the spectrum of symptoms experienced by the user will determine the detox type. Basically, you can choose to enter an outpatient detox or an inpatient detox program.

Outpatient Detox

While we rarely recommend programs of this type, an outpatient program may be a good choice for a drug addiction that is relatively less severe. This type of program requires regular program visits with a treatment team and the administration of prescription medications. We may suggest this option for patients who must work or whose lifestyle prevents them from entering an inpatient detox facility.

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Inpatient Detox

To assist patients’ avoid relapse or going back to abusing drugs, we provide a variety of programs that feature inpatient detox help. Because medical caregivers need to monitor the symptoms of withdrawal, patients who undergo an inpatient detox program experience a high level of medical care and support.

Detox options cover ongoing substance abuse treatment after completing detox or may feature a packaged service that includes an additional treatment program that addresses the reasons for a patient’s addiction.

Intake Methods

Depending on the drug or drugs used, one of three types of drug detox methods may be used. These methods include “cold turkey” detox, short-term detox with the administration of medications, and long-term detox with medical supervision and the administration of withdrawal-relieving drugs.

Cold turkey detox involves completely stopping the use of all drugs under medical supervision and care. No pharmacological assistance is provided, and patients may experience the full impact of withdrawal symptoms. For some users, withdrawal can last several weeks, and the symptoms can be intense. For other users, this form of withdrawal is not physically difficult.

In most instances, detox programs involve the use of carefully administered medications to ease the discomfort of withdrawal, whether a patient undergoes a short-term or long-term withdrawal. For example, a person who has difficulty sleeping may be given a non-addictive sleep aid so he or she can get their rest.

If a patient experiences muscle pains or joint aches during withdrawal, he or she may be given a prescription pain reliever. The medical personnel who dispense the medications stand by to ensure that patients have what they need to relieve any discomfort and that it is given as soon as possible.

If a patient has a more severe drug abuse problem, he or she may have the option of receiving longer-term medications. For instance, a patient may receive specific medicines to keep them from experiencing extreme discomfort during withdrawal. Over time, the dose of the medicines will be reduced until the patient is drug-free.

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