Medical Detox Center

Overcoming substance use disorders can be a challenging process, especially if the person has been using alcohol or drugs for a prolonged period. When someone has persistently used drugs or alcohol, they can face a real health risk if they suddenly stop using substances without proper medical intervention at a medical detox center.


Many people who stop abruptly will experience physiological and/or psychological withdrawal symptoms which can sometimes — especially in the case of alcohol and benzodiazepines — be dangerous or even life-threatening, especially if the person has other health conditions. This is why it is critical that before stopping the use of these substances, the patient should consult a medical professional and consider the use of a medical detox center.


What is a medical detox center?

Medical detox centers is the first step on the continuum of care for substance use disorders.

Reputable medical detox centers are certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and most reputable medical and clinical professionals in the field of addiction support the use of detox facilities.

SAMHSA define detox as a distinct part of substance use disorder treatment:

“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.”


Medically-monitored detox centers are a crucial aspect of the recovery process, ensuring patient safety and reducing the risk of complications that might arise from the detox process. Key features of some medical detox centers — although, each vary in the services and safety provided — should have medical supervision, medication to ease withdrawal symptoms, and care on demand. It is critical to find the right center for you and your health needs.


Who needs a medical detox center?

Typically, any patient who has been using alcohol and/or drugs persistently may experience withdrawal symptoms.  According to SAMHSA “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 the principles of safety and humanitarian concerns.”


How to pick a medical detox center?

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. Dr Gallus has provided specific guidance about how to pick safe medical detox during COVID-19.


Gallus Medical Detox Centers are certified ASAM Level III. 7D Medically Monitored Inpatient Detoxification Facility, and also accredited by the Joint Commission. We offer the comfort of a residential addiction treatment center but with the clinical expertise that is far superior to most medical detox centers.


We know that 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.