Detox facilities are the first step on the continuing of care for addiction (otherwise known as substance use disorders). Overcoming addiction alone can be a challenging process with some risk of medical complications, especially if the person has been using substances for a prolonged period of time.
It is critical that those who are struggling with addiction seek help from a professional and, where possible, seek treatment at a detox facility.
What is are detox facilities?
Detox facilities assist people who have been using substances addictively to safely and carefully detoxify from the substance. It is considered a critical first step in the process of recovery, as identified by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration:
“Detoxification is a set of interventions aimed at managing acute intoxication and withdrawal. Supervised detoxification may prevent potentially life-threatening complications that might appear if the patient were left untreated. At the same time, detoxification is a form of palliative care (reducing the intensity of a disorder) for those who want to become abstinent or who must observe mandatory abstinence as a result of hospitalization or legal involvement. Finally, for some patients it represents a point of first contact with the treatment system and the first step to recovery.”
A detox facility can help:
- Manage withdrawal symptoms
- Provide medication to ease the detox process
- Deal with any complications
- Medically supervise detox, monitoring heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, and breathing
- Conduct a behavioral assessment
- Provide recovery support and aftercare
Types of detox facility programs
There are two types of detox programs
- Inpatient: you will be admitted to a detox facility where your withdrawal symptoms will be managed by a medical professional.
- Outpatient: you will receive some treatment during the day, but will stay at home.
The main difference between the two is the intensity of care and cost — you will receive more medical care, and therefore pay more, for inpatient services. However, this can be critical if you have been using substances for a prolonged period of time and experience any withdrawal symptoms if you suddenly stop.
How to choose a detox facility
It is important to note that not all detox facilities and detox programs are created equally. Each vary in terms of the type of medical care provided and level of supervision. Some use medication to help manage the withdrawal process and others may not.
Picking a detox center is an entirely personal decision. However, it is critical that when selecting one you consider the level of medical care provided and seek to find out their expertise in dealing with emergency care, and complications, especially if you have been using substances for a while. Dr Gallus has provided specific guidance about how to pick safe medical detox during COVID-19.
Gallus Detox Facilities
Each patient has unique medical and personal needs which is why we provide a personalized service that emphasizes medical safety, outstanding professional expertise, evidence-based protocols, all without sacrificing our patients dignity and comfort.
The key features of our medical detox center includes:
- Individual treatment plans
- Psychological, physical, and social assessments
- IV Therapy Program
- 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
For more information about our treatment plans, or to speak to an addiction expert, please call our admissions team on 720-704-1432.
Alternatively, you may call 866-358-6446 and speak to an admissions customer care specialist.