Alcohol and Drug Detoxification
When helping with drug and alcohol addictions, one of the most important stages of the rehab process is detox. This means to rid the body of any trace of the substance. Drug and alcohol detox is best done in a controlled environment in the presence of trained medical staff.
The first step of detox is withdrawal. The nature and severity of the withdrawal symptoms vary, depending on the particular substance that was being used, as well as the frequency of use, and the effects of detox on the individual. We operate a Rapid Detox Plan.
We have a ten-day reduction detoxification plan. After an in-depth consultation with our clinical psychiatrist, our clients are then monitored by trained staff. It is important to remember that a drug or alcohol detox plan can depend on what type of drug is being used. Click here for more information on different categories of drugs.
In some cases, prescribed medication is available to reduce withdrawal symptoms. Our psychiatrist will prescribe suitable medication in decreasing amounts until you are drug-free.
Our psychiatrist is current with the relevant studies in detox and will prescribe the recommended amount of vitamins and supplements to aid you in your recovery.
We incorporate various therapies in our drug rehab programme to help with the psychological distress that the individual may experience whilst detoxing.
Here are some of the substances we can help with:
- Crystal Meth
- GHB / GBL
What happens during a drug detox programme?
A drug detox is necessary when a person becomes addicted to a physically addictive drug such as alcohol, heroin and benzodiazepines. A drug detox is also recommended when a person becomes addicted to a psychologically addictive drug such as cocaine and amphetamines. Essentially, a drug detox allows a person to abruptly stop using drugs in a controlled manner. The vast majority of people undergoing a drug detox will do so within an inpatient drug detox clinic.
The decision to attend a drug detox programme is usually life changing for those who suffer from drug addiction. Drug addicts will typically attempt to ‘kick’ their habit themselves before professional intervention is sought. If you fall into this category, you will likely be interested to learn how attending a drug detox clinic may help you in overcoming your drug addiction once and for all.
Gaining an appreciation of what happens during a drug detox programme will likely ease many of the concerns you may hold about the process. The first step you must take before you benefit from a drug detox is to contact a respected drug detox clinic such as Cassiobury Court. When you get in touch, we carry out an initial assessment. We find out the nature and likely severity of your addiction. Once this telephone or in-person assessment is completed, we then look to arranging a suitable date for your drug detox programme to begin.
When you enter our drug detox unit for the first time, our admissions team will greet you before your thorough psychiatric assessment takes place. The psychiatrist will ask you about your substance misuse history and note down any medical issues that may require ongoing treatment during your drug detox programme. The psychiatrist will then prescribe you with medication that will help to ease withdrawal symptoms that may arise during the course of your drug detox programme.
When does therapy sessions begin?
Following this psychiatric assessment, we shall take you on a tour of the facility, introduce you to our therapists and addiction workers, and we shall then show you to your sleeping quarters. You will be given time to get comfortable before you are introduced to therapy sessions. If you begin to suffer from acute withdrawal symptoms, you will be given time to rest in your bedroom. You will not be compelled to engage in therapy sessions. The early objective is to ensure you are physically comfortable and that all withdrawal symptoms are sufficiently treated. Only once this objective is achieved will you be expected to join therapy sessions so the mental aspect of your addiction may be treated.
When the time is ripe for you to join therapy sessions, you may feel anxious and nervous. These feelings will generally prohibit you from making progress in therapy sessions. To ease these negative feelings, you will begin the therapeutic process by taking part in complementary therapies such as art therapy and music therapy. These forms of therapy allow you to express your emotional issues in an indirect and non-intimidating manner.
Medical supervision you receive during your drug detox
If you are addicted to a physically addictive drug such as alcohol or opiates, you will require a lot of medical support during your drug detox programme. This is because physical withdrawal symptoms arising during a detox programme may be fatal. You will be supervised by a team of nurses and psychiatric professionals during this time.
During a medically assisted opiate detox, you will be given drugs such as Subutex, buprenorphine and methadone to help to minimise opiate withdrawal symptoms. If you are addicted to alcohol, you will be given Librium to help curtail alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Our medical team will also give you nutritional supplements and water to help treat malnutrition and dehydration. You may also be given pain relief medication and non-addictive sleeping pills.
Is my family able to visit me during my drug detox?
At Cassiobury Court, we encourage your family members to visit you during your drug detox programme. However, we do not recommend your family to visit you during your first week in our care. This is often referred to as the ‘blackout period’. During this period, we encourage your family to have minimal contact with you. This is because you may be battling a range of discomforting withdrawal symptoms, and family visits may serve as an unnecessary distraction during this time.
What happens after a drug detox programme?
A drug detox aims to treat the physical aspects of drug addiction. A drug detox does not attempt to treat the psychological causes of drug addiction. It follows from this that the majority of people completing a drug detox programme will require a longer rehabilitation programme following the completion of their drug detox programme. This rehabilitation programme treats the underlying mental causes of drug addiction. A full rehabilitation programme takes place in the same unit where you underwent your drug rehab programme. During a rehabilitation programme, you will benefit from therapy sessions, life skills training, 12-step work, family therapy, stress management workshops and relapse prevention planning.
Why should I consider attending a drug detox programme?
The main reason for attending a drug detox clinic is to receive treatment for physical withdrawal symptoms that arise when you abruptly stop taking drugs. These withdrawal symptoms vary from being uncomfortable to being positively life-threatening. If you are addicted to a physically addictive drug, choosing to undergo a drug detox without professional help is a danger to your life. To reiterate, if you are addicted to a physically addictive drug, under no circumstances should you attempt to stop taking these drugs without professional medical input.
If you are addicted to a drug that’s not physically addictive, you may be able to safely undergo a detox without medical support. However, even psychologically addictive drugs may pose dangers during a detox because abruptly stopping to take these drugs is known to cause severe depression and anxiety. These mental problems could result in you committing suicide or self-harming. It’s thus preferable to undergo a detox with the benefit of 24/7 medical attention in most circumstances.
What is an outpatient detox programme?
An outpatient detox clinic allows you to attend treatment sessions during the day. At the end of the day, you will return home. An outpatient facility is usually more affordable when compared to an inpatient facility. However, you will not benefit from the same level of care and attention as that offered at an inpatient unit. An outpatient detox may be suitable for those of you who suffer from a mild addiction to drugs, or when you have in place a strong support network at home.
What is an inpatient detox programme?
An inpatient detox clinic allows you to reside within the clinic both during the day and night whilst you undergo a drug detox programme. Here, you will benefit from an excellent and unrivalled level of medical care and supervision. An inpatient detox is highly advisable for those who suffer from an acute and long-established addiction to drugs. An inpatient detox is not inexpensive when compared to an outpatient detox. However, the long term results offered by an inpatient clinic typically outperform the results offered by an outpatient clinic, particularly in terms of treatment success rates. This alone justifies the higher investment that's needed when you choose to select an inpatient clinic over an outpatient clinic.
How may I best choose a drug detox programme?
Choosing the right detox clinic for your needs is perhaps the most important decision you will need to make this year. Unfortunately, this decision is difficult and riddled with problems because there is a risk you could select a rehab clinic that's poorly suited to your needs. To help you choose the best-suited detox clinic, you may benefit from answering the below questions:
- Do I want to attend an outpatient or inpatient detox clinic?
- Will I need to use a mobile phone or laptop whilst undergoing treatment?
- Do I want to be visited by my family during my detox?
- Is nutrition important to me whilst I detox?
- How long should my treatment last?
When you contact Cassiobury Court, we assist you in choosing a rehab clinic that's highly suited to your needs, whilst paying particular attention to how you answer the above questions.
Getting help to begin a drug detox programme
Admitting you need help for your drug addiction is the first step towards getting into recovery. If you are addicted to drugs, admitting you have a problem is vitally important. However, merely admitting you have a problem is usually not enough to allow you to stop taking drugs. When you are addicted to drugs, it's usually difficult to stop. One of the best ways to stop taking drugs is to attend a residential or inpatient detox clinic. Here, you will benefit from round-the-clock support from drug addiction specialists and medical staff.
For more information on attending a detox programme through Cassiobury Court, get in touch today.