What Is Medical Detox?
Is medical detox right for me?
About Our Medical Detox Program
Before medical detox starts, we assess each patient’s drug and alcohol use, physical and mental state, and any co-occurring disorders to develop a comprehensive treatment plan.
Patients at The Recovery Village Columbus detox in quiet, private rooms and receive 24-hour medical care, medications to manage withdrawal symptoms as medically appropriate, and nutritious meals to bolster health. They’ll also begin one-on-one counseling sessions with their licensed therapist.
What to Expect During the Detox Process
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
How Does Medical Detox Work?
Learn more about what you can expect during medical detox.
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FAQs About Medical Detox
Is medical detox necessary?
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)
- Stimulants (Adderall, Ritalin, Vyvanse, Concerta and ecstasy)
- Benzodiazepines (Xanax, Klonopin and Ativan)
- Sleeping medications (Ambien, Halcion and Lunesta)
How long is medical detox?
The length of time detox takes depends on the substance used, withdrawal symptoms and your physical health. Most clients complete the medically supervised detox period in 7–10 days.
Can I detox at home?
We do not recommend detoxing at home. Withdrawal can be uncomfortable and demotivating, leading to relapse. Alcohol and opioids, in particular, have withdrawal symptoms that can be fatal without immediate medical 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.
Will I receive methadone, suboxone, etc. during detox?
The Recovery Village Columbus offers medication-assisted treatment (MAT) as medically appropriate. Your clinical team will determine your needs and eligibility for MAT.
Will I lose my job if I attend medical detox?
Several laws are in place that protect employees when they attend detox and rehab.
How can I pay for medical detox?
Insurance may cover some or all of the cost of medical detox. Without insurance, The Recovery Village Columbus can discuss private payment options with you.
Ready to start your recovery?
We’re available to answer any questions, confirm your insurance benefits and schedule individualized treatment that works for you.