Inpatient medical detox treatment may be available at our sister Facility, We Level Up West Palm Beach detox center. For some primary behavioral health treatment clients, medical detox may be required first. If you have co-occurring severe substance abuse case please contact us prior to beginning inpatient mental health therapy. Treatment services vary. Please call us to learn more.
What is Medical Detox Treatment? Detox Definition
Medical Detox or Detoxification is the process by which an addicted person clears their body from alcohol and or drugs due to substance use disorder. And begin recovery from their addiction. Drug detox and rehabilitation centers help clients ease and reduce withdrawal symptoms and their corresponding dangerous side effects. Detox is generally the first step clients take to begin long-term recovery treatment. While medical detoxification is the first part of substance abuse rehabilitation, it is usually followed by dual-diagnosis behavioral therapy, medication, and continued integrated care. Detox is designed to minimize the dangerous side efforts and discomfort of withdrawal symptoms that follow the cessation of chemical dependency. Detox many times is essential to help clients overcome their physical dependency on drugs and alcohol. Detoxification for people with chemical dependencies is generally the first step prior to behavioral inpatient treatment.
Why is Medical Detox Treament So Important?
Did you know that in some situations, withdrawal from substance abuse can be life-threatening? That’s why utilizing a twenty-four-hour medically supervised inpatient Detox and addiction rehabilitation center can be so important. The supervised medical care Detox centers offer provides a safe environment where healthcare professionals use custom-tailored medications along with other treatments to ease withdrawal and safely manage their side effects when you stop using.
Lauren Barry, Master’s level CAP (Certified Addiction Professional) and Director of We Level Up Clinical Services, explained “Detox is only the first part of addiction treatment,”. “Clients must get rid of their addictive drugs and alcohol out of the body to be in a place where
we can begin treatment beyond the initial withdrawal stage. This is required not just for the critical positive impact to the brain, but also for the rest of the body including the heart, cardiovascular system, liver”. Substance abuse can negatively impact just about everything when it comes to clients’ health.”
What’s Withdrawal Treatment Like?
Withdrawal can be quite different for each person. Even one’s withdrawal symptoms duration along with the types of withdrawal medications prescribed will vary based on the type of addiction a person is suffering from. Likewise, detox treatment can vary depending on each client’s personal health conditions, family history, and the safety profile best applied for each individual treated.
It’s important to remember that medical detox does not treat the underlying behavioral, environmental, or other triggers of addiction. Detox is the first step in the addiction treatment process and should be followed by educational therapy, one-on-one, and group therapy, and other long-term intensive outpatient support services.
Who Needs Medical Detox Treatment?
When a person abuses alcohol or drugs for an extended period of time, their body becomes dependent on the continued use of the substance in ever-larger doses. As the human brain gets accustomed to the way the abused chemical(s) affects it, it begins to adapt, so as to function normally. Over time, the brain builds tolerance requiring the user to consume ever-higher doses of the addicted drug to feel the same effects and the same levels as before.
This is where tolerance to chemical dependency typically leads to dependence and addiction. This is where the brain begins to exhibit withdrawal symptoms forcing one to get high just to function normally. And where the addicted person does not consume the drug or goes cold turkey cutting off all use, the body reacts negatively. Withdrawal symptoms causing headaches, fevers, vomiting and a number of other side effects will appear driving continued use to fix these negative physical symptoms. Here, the brain begins to constantly crave the drugs causing one’s addiction, when it doesn’t receive them.
* Some treatment services may vary. Medical detox treatment is available at our affiliate WPB detox facility. Please call to find out more. In some instances medical detox may be required prior to residential inpatient rehabilitation therapy can start. Get a free no-obligation assessment today. Learn which treatment options are most suited for your individual needs.