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.

Medically Detox from Drugs & Alcohol at The Recovery Village Columbus

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.

Detox will likely be a necessary part of your recovery process if you are dependent on one or more of the following substances:

  • Prescription opioids (Fentanyl, carfentanil, oxycodone, tramadol, Percocet, Vicodin, OxyContin and Suboxone)
  • Heroin
  • Alcohol
  • Stimulants (Adderall, Ritalin, Vyvanse, Concerta and ecstasy)
  • Benzodiazepines (Xanax, Klonopin and Ativan)
  • Sleeping medications (Ambien, Halcion and Lunesta)

What to Expect During the Detox 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.

During the detoxification stage, we work tirelessly to make sure each and every patient is as comfortable as possible. Medical detox at The Recovery Village Columbus Drug and Alcohol Rehab includes:

  • Medical care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Withdrawal management medications
  • Nutritious, easy-to-digest foods
  • Quiet and comfortable resting spaces
  • A private recovery environment
  • Individual counseling sessions
  • Optional massage and hydrotherapy

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.

Which Medications are Used in Medical Detox?

The most commonly used medications to treat alcohol withdrawal are controlled doses of sedatives like chlordiazepoxide (Librium), diazepam (Valium) or lorazepam (Ativan). These medications are used only under limited, short-term circumstances and are reduced as soon as safely possible, but they can be used alongside other medications that can help address alcohol withdrawal symptoms. More mild cases of alcohol withdrawal may involve only supportive medications (such as ibuprofen for headache, or use of a safe sleep aid) and medical monitoring.

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, contact us.

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 detox 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.

Call our admissions team today to discuss the right treatment plan for you.

What Our Patients Have To Say

Alanna H.
18:00 27 Jan 23
I loved the staff!! It had it's hiccups along the way.
Mary R.
19:30 04 Jan 23
RVC Change my life the clinicians and counselors there really seem to care, the food needs a little work but it's mostly good,beds are comfortable, showers are clean over all a great stay!
Chris G.
19:27 23 Dec 22
Recovery Village is by far one of the best treatment facilities in Central Ohio. Their staff go out of their way to care of you and their therapists are top notch. Being in any rehab generally sucks but their policies are reasonable, their food is pretty good most days and their facility is nice. I would recommend it to anyone seeking help.
Lonzie B.
15:46 02 Nov 22
This place was great and great staff. I enjoyed my stay there and recommend if you need help to reach out to this place for real
Matthew G.
22:12 26 Oct 22
I’ve been to this rehab twice and shared how I met Jesus both times 2 years separately. The first year our prayers made miracles happen and the second time around I got to see even more. Isaiah 45:23
Sara T.
15:22 22 Oct 22
Treated me so well. My mental health was their top priority.

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Editor – Melissa Carmona
As the content manager at Advanced Recovery Systems, Melissa Carmona puts years of writing and editing experience to work helping people understand substance abuse, addiction and mental health disorders. Read more
Medically Reviewed By – Dr. Kevin Wandler, MD
Kevin Wandler holds multiple positions at Advanced Recovery Systems. In addition to being the founding and chief medical director at Advanced Recovery Systems, he is also the medical director at The Recovery Village Ridgefield and at The Recovery Village Palmer Lake. Read more

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The Recovery Village aims to improve the quality of life for people struggling with a substance use or mental health disorder with fact-based content about the nature of behavioral health conditions, treatment options and their related outcomes. We publish material that is researched, cited, edited and reviewed by licensed medical professionals. The information we provide is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It should not be used in place of the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider.