Drug Detoxification Programme
Drug detoxification is the first step in our rehabilitation programme once patients have cleared admissions. During detoxification, patients are required to abstain from consuming drugs so that all traces of substances are completely flushed from their system. Physical withdrawal symptoms which patients experience during detoxification are closely monitored by medical staff throughout this time.
Common symptoms during detoxification
Symptoms associated with drug detoxification may include:
- Severe muscle pain
- Suicidal thoughts
- Sleep irregularities such as insomnia
- Severe mood swings
Detoxification is purely physical
Drug detoxification as applied in the residential rehabilitation environment must be differentiated from the subsequent process of psychological based rehabilitation therapies. The latter are designed to tackle the emotional issues which instigated and fuelled the addiction behaviour as opposed the physical addiction and associated illnesses and withdrawal symptoms. Therapy based treatment will commence after the successful completion of detoxification.
Easing the pain of detoxification
Since our patients may well experience uncomfortable and even painful physical symptoms during the drug detoxification phase of rehabilitation, a range of medications may be prescribed to our patients in order to ease the symptoms to a bearable level. For instance, patients who are addicted to heroin may be offered opioid drugs such as methadone to ease cravings. In severe cases patients may be sedated. Opioid antagonists such as Revia or Depade may also be offered.
How long does detoxification last for?
The duration of the drug detoxification will vary depending on the severity of the patient's addiction and the type of drug in question. Determining the duration of detoxification is commonly complicated because patients are concurrently addicted to several different drugs at once. The duration of detoxification must be determined during initial assessment and also during the detoxification period itself.
Giving you the mental advantage in achieving lasting recovery
It is a common belief amongst rehabilitation professionals that physical detoxification alone is enough to promote long-term recovery. Our rehabilitation programme incorporates psychological therapies and counselling sessions following physical detoxification in order to provide a solid psychological framework needed for lasting recovery. Our therapies are tailored to our patients’ unique psychological needs. A thorough relapse prevention plan will be put into place to further increase the odds of a lasting recovery.
When does detoxification ‘finish’?
During drug detoxification, our patients will be closely observed by our medical team. Patients remain under close observation until staff are convinced the patient has reached the stage of stabilisation in his or her detoxification efforts. Withdrawal symptoms will continue to be monitored until patients are deemed to be no longer at risk of physical harm arising from their withdrawal efforts.
Call the team now on 0800 500 3129 for more information
Call Cassiobury Court today for your opportunity to secure a long and lasting recovery. You can contact our admissions team today on 0800 500 3129 who will take you through the process of signing up to our rehabilitation programme.