The Main Elements of Addiction Treatment

in Addiction
Published Jan 23, 2020
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Years of alcohol and drug misuse can take its toll on an individual’s physical health and their emotional and psychological well-being.

The physical effects are wide-ranging and potentially long-lasting, including liver damage, chronic breathing challenges, communicable diseases like HIV/AIDS and hepatitis, kidney failure, heart damage, problems with the blood vessels, and even damage to the brain. Mentally, a person may develop a physical dependence on the drug they misuse, and they may also suffer with mental health conditions like depression or anxiety.

Deciding to get help for addiction gives a person the best chance of reversing the physiological damage of addiction and improving their physical health and psychological well-being.

Seeking treatment can be challenging. Often, individuals fear painful withdrawal symptoms and strong cravings. They also might wonder how they’ll cope without the substance they’ve been relying on.

Physiological Elements of Addiction Treatment

Getting help typically involves a medical detox service before addressing the psychological elements of addiction treatment.

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’s transition through the detoxification process more comfortably. In fact, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recommends clinical intervention.

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?

Medical detox is usually done in a hospital setting, and includes medication and medical supervision to reduce the risks and the 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 outdated protocols and oral medications within the confines of psychiatric facilities, leaving patients feeling dehumanized while they stay in a sterile and cold environment.

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 can 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 Therapy Program
  • 24/7 medical supervision
  • Cardiac telemetry and video technology
  • Adjustments to treatment plans to suit patients’ needs
  • An individual recovery plan identifying resources and next steps toward a long-term recovery

Our board-certified physicians have extensive critical care and addiction experience, unique knowledge of how drugs move within the body (pharmacokinetics), and expertise in managing other co-occurring disorders and other physical illnesses. We understand that each patient’s needs are unique, which is why our plans are individualized and evidence-based.

Safe, effective, and personalized — the Gallus Difference

Psychological addiction treatment

Understanding addiction, how drugs and alcohol affect the body, and how to have a successful recovery are crucial elements to avoid relapse and maintain recovery.

There are a range of behavioral therapies, from cognitive behavioral therapy to EMDR, that help individuals work through their substance use disorder, process any trauma, and learn effective coping strategies. Each aspect of treatment should be individualized based on each person’s circumstances.

That’s why at Gallus Medical Detox we provide each person with a biopsychosocial evaluation that identifies steps in their recovery journey and promotes long-term recovery.

“The basis of our theory is to treat each individual patient safely, with respect and dignity, in a timely manner. Our facility provides you a physically safe and emotionally hopeful environment to continue on to your next phase of recovery. Claiming to operate a world-class detox facility is a bold statement. My staff and I stand by this statement and truly believe we have achieved this at Gallus Detox. You will immediately see and feel the differences at Gallus Detox Centers.”
Dr. Patrick Gallus

If you want a proven, effective, and safe medical detox for you or your loved one, call Gallus Detox today 866-842-9379. We can help you to start recovering.