What is Medical Detox?
Medical detoxification — also known as medical detox — is the fundamental first step in your recovery process. During detox, drugs and alcohol are purged from your system, giving you a fresh foundation upon which to build healthy habits and a better life. Detox may take several days to a week or more. Typically, the process takes between five and ten days, though the length may vary from person to person. While the detoxification process is by no means easy, our medical detox center staff at The Recovery Village Columbus Drug and Alcohol Rehab go to great lengths to make sure every patient is safe, comfortable and cared for from start to finish.
Who Needs Medical Detox?
For most patients, a stay at The Recovery Village begins with medical detox. After a person has used an addictive substance over an extended period of time, their body becomes dependent on its effects. Once they stop using, the withdrawal symptoms they experience may be uncomfortable at best and life-threatening at worst. The severity of these side effects depends on factors like body chemistry and the type and length of drug use.
What to Expect During the Treatment Process
Because each patient is unique, The Recovery Village takes great care to ensure that all medical detox treatment plans are carefully customized to meet every individual’s needs. Before the medical detox process begins, a member of our 24-hour nursing staff sits down with each new resident to better understand the complexities of their condition.
This initial evaluation may include some or all of the following components:
- Personalized assessment
- Drug and alcohol screening
- Co-occurring disorders evaluation
- Comprehensive medical assessment
- Psychological assessment
- Risk assessment
- Social assessment
Once this evaluation is complete, patients begin the detoxification process at our inpatient medical detox center. While the average period of medical detox lasts between five and ten days, it’s important to keep in mind that every case is different. For some, medical detox may be longer. For others, shorter. Generally, it is one of the most difficult parts of the recovery process.
“The detox period can be a harrowing time for many individuals. However, this essential part of treatment is the first step towards a better, brighter life”
As the detox process begins, withdrawal symptoms and drug or alcohol cravings quickly set in. The intensity, length and variety of these side effects may be different for every person depending on the type and amount of substances used, length of addiction, family history, biochemistry and co-occurring conditions. The side effects of withdrawal can range from mild annoyances like headaches, mood swings and irritability, to more severe symptoms like tremors, vomiting and muscle tension.
A completed detox period is one of the first, most important milestones in the recovery process. Once this stage is over, patients gain more freedom and enter either a residential treatment or partial hospitalization program, depending on their required level of care.
Why Medical Detox?
At The Recovery Village Columbus Drug and Alcohol Rehab, we understand just how difficult the detox process can be. While some individuals are able to detox successfully without professional assistance, the mental and emotional symptoms of withdrawal are often too difficult to bare alone. In some cases, the physical side effects of detoxification can even be life-threatening, making medical care an essential part of successful detoxification. If you or someone you love is experiencing dangerous detox symptoms, call us today.
You shouldn’t have to go through the detox process alone; that’s why we provide our patients with access to comprehensive, medically-supervised care. At our comfortable facility, you focus on your recovery and we take care of the rest.
Inpatient medical detox at our facility can provide you with:
- Distance from people or places that could trigger relapse
- Around-the-clock support from medical professionals and counselors
- A structured program to keep you focused on recovery
- Access to detox medications that reduce the negative effects of withdrawal
Your Recovery Is Possible with Medical Detox
The detoxification process may be a daunting roadblock that stands between you and recovery. Fortunately, this obstacle is much easier to overcome in a safe and comfortable environment with the help of experienced medical professionals.
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