What is Medical Detox?

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Detox is a crucial first step in most people’s recovery journey.

Detoxifying from addictive substances presents a number of potentially fatal medical risks, psychological challenges, and unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. That’s why recovery can be challenging to achieve alone and often necessitates detox interventions.

Typical withdrawal symptoms from drugs and alcohol include:

  • Nausea, abdominal cramps, and vomiting
  • Constipation and diarrhea
  • High blood pressure and fast heart rate
  • Tremors and seizures
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Nightmares, hallucinations, and sleeplessness
  • General discomfort

Both treatment centers and medical detox treatment centers can help support a person transition through the detoxification process more comfortably. In fact, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recommends clinical intervention.

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“For alcohol, sedative-hypnotic, and opioid withdrawal syndromes, hospitalization or some form of 24 hour medical care is generally the preferred setting for detoxification, based upon principles of safety and humanitarian concerns.”

– SAMHSA Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment Improvement Protocol, TIP 45

What is Medical Detox Treatment?

Medical detox is usually in a hospital setting and provides medication and medical supervision to reduce the risks and withdrawal symptoms associated with detox. Residential facilities can have little to no medical support, but may have more counseling-led support.

However, not all treatment centers are created equal. Many medical detox centers use oral medications within the confines of psychiatric facilities, leaving patients feeling dehumanized while they stay in a sterile and cold environment.

Dr. Patrick Gallus grew increasingly concerned by the methods used within the treatment industry for detox. He explains:

“I was deeply concerned while observing the outdated and even dangerous methods being used routinely within most detox facilities throughout the country. I became aware of patients being treated in psychiatric facilities, protocols using outdated oral medications, doctors making claims of rapid detox when the laws of physiological half-life support no such theory, and nursing staff that are inexperienced in this critical-care setting. I have serious concerns about the non-utilization of full cardiac and video monitoring by other facilities during this potentially dangerous process.”

Dr. Gallus had the medical and addiction expertise to develop a more effective, evidence-based, and safety-focused way to deliver detox services, and he founded the Gallus Method.

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Why Gallus Medical Detox Centers?

Gallus Medical Detox provides the comfort of a residential facility, but with the clinical expertise that is far superior to most medical detox facilities.

We understand that we are treating people with unique medical and personal needs. The detoxification process can be confusing, frightening, and overwhelming, especially when you are away from your loved ones. Dr. Gallus knows that you could and should receive medical detox services that emphasize your medical safety by providing outstanding professional expertise and efficiency without sacrificing any aspect of your personal dignity or comfort.

The key features of Gallus Medical Detox include:

  • Individual treatment plans
  • Psychological, physical, and social assessments
  • IV and oral medication protocol that avoids cross-addiction
  • 24/7 medical supervision
  • Cardiac telemetry and video technology
  • Adjustments to treatment plans to suit our patients needs
  • An individual recovery plan identifying resources and next steps toward a long-term recovery

Safe, effective, and personalized — the Gallus Difference