How to Pick a Medical Detox Facility

in Detox
Published Aug 11, 2020
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Picking a medical detox facility can be challenging. One might wonder where to start and what you should be looking for? If it’s for yourself, you may be struggling with addiction and don’t have the capacity to consider all of these factors, and if it is for a loved one you may be overcome with worry.

We’ve tried to take the guess work out of it for you and listed the pertinent factors to consider when picking a medical detox facility.

How to pick a medical detox facility

While there are many important factors to consider when picking a medical detox facility, there is also the added complication of the COVID-19 pandemic and potential risk of transmission. Safety and infectious disease protocols are now paramount to finding the right detox facility.

With that in mind, here are our top tips to pick safe medical detox:

  • Consider safety first. Does the facility have an infectious disease protocol? If so, what is it? And what will they do if there is an outbreak? Do they have personal protective equipment? Another factor to consider: Is this a small or large facility? Smaller facilities will be able to keep the risk of COVID-19 transmission lower because there will be less patients and volume of medical providers.
  • Consult a medical professional. When making decisions about your health it’s important to get input from a medical professional who can help you to make the best decision based on your individual health needs.
  • Medical expertise. It’s important when choosing a detox facility that you consider the level of expertise and supervision available at the facility. Given the seriousness of medical detox, and risk of complications, it’s critical to know that you’re in safe hands. Look for emergency care as well as addiction experience in the medical team. Ideally they should have ER or ICU experience as well as training in infectious disease management. It’s also worth noting if the staff are employed full-time. Part-time and contract staff increase the risk of transmission as they may be working at more than one medical detox center.
  • Medical program. Not all detox facilities are created equal. Some offer oral medication and others IV Therapy which can be tailored to the patients needs. What’s important is that the medical detox program offers evidence-based medicine that has been proven to make patients comfortable, ease withdrawal symptoms, reduces the risk of complications, and promotes and individualized plan for recovery next steps. Patients and their families should also choose facilities that offer 24-hour medical monitoring and supervision and can make adjustments to the patients program without having to wait to see the doctor the next day.
  • Private bedrooms. Will you have your own private room? It’s critical that you have a private room that is not shared with other people. There is too much uncertainty in a shared room when you may be unaware of their medical history.
  • Comfort of facility. Many facilities differ in terms of amenities and personal allowances. For example, some may require patients to relinquish mobile phones and laptops and others may not. As well as a private room, it’s worth considering what other amenities are available, such as outside areas, food and drink available, private storage, TV and other electronics, and comfort of bedrooms. Is the facility ADA compliant?
  • Insurance. Does the facility take all major insurance? Are there private financing options available?
  • Patient satisfaction results. Are there patient reviews and satisfaction survey results available? One of the best ways to know how good a facility is, is by the medical detox center’s patient satisfaction. Ask the admissions team for a copy.


how to pick a detox facility

Gallus Medical Detox Facility

Gallus Medical Detox Centers have already considered all of these factors in developing our medical detox facility. We offer:

  • Individual treatment plans
  • Psychological, physical, and social assessments
  • IV Therapy Program
  • 24/7 medical supervision from full-time medical staff with extensive critical care and addiction expertise
  • 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

Our personalized treatment is delivered in a safe and peaceful environment that promotes optimum comfort and ease, with private rooms that include queen bed, free secure WiFi, the use of personal electronics, and a 40” TV in every room.

Gallus Medical Detox provides the comfort of a residential facility, but with the clinical expertise that is far superior to most medical detox facilities. Our board-certified physicians have extensive critical care and substance use expertise, as well as unique knowledge of how drugs move throughout the body (pharmacokinetics), and expertise in managing other health conditions.

Our patient satisfaction results speak for themselves (below). You can also read more testimonials here.

Gallus patient satisfaction results chart

We understand that 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.

At Gallus Medical Detox, we believe there is dignity in healing. There’s no better time to seek help for you or your loved ones addiction. Call us today and take the best, first step towards recovery: 720-704-1432