"Social Distancing Admission Process" the precautions we're taking regarding COVID-19 LEARN MORE
Admission customer care specialists are here to help you. Call us today, 866-358-6446
Explore time-tested and proven addiction treatments for almost any addiction out there.
Addiction therapy services
Medical Detox Programs
A medical detox facility is staffed with doctors and nurses trained in helping patients cope with the withdrawal symptoms of early drug or alcohol abstinence.
Gallus Detox Programs
Click to call
Overcoming substance use disorders can be a challenging process, especially if you have 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. Many people who stop abruptly will experience physiological and/or psychological withdrawal symptoms. These can sometimes be 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 professional detoxification facility.
It is worth noting, however, that not all detox facilities are created equal — each varies in clinical supervision, types of medication, psychological support, and aftercare.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), prior to the 1970s, public intoxication was treated as a criminal offense. People who were deemed intoxicated were arrested and sent to jail to sober up with little or no medical intervention. Fortunately, the way we treat people and our conception of substance use disorders has since advanced.
Two main advancements that changed attitudes toward addiction include:
Following these advancements came more humane treatment of people with substance use disorders and the development of several methods of formal detoxification.
Detox is the first step on the continuum of care for substance use disorders. SAMHSA and most medical and clinical professionals in the field of addiction support the use of detox facilities. However, each varies in the type of support and medical intervention provided.
The main categories of detox available are:
Some treatment facilities use a combination of social and medical care, others just social, and some facilities provide standalone medical detox. Some people also detox at home without any intervention. However, this isn’t advised by medical professionals due to the risk of complications.
SAMHSA’s overall definition of detoxification is that it is a distinct form of substance use disorder treatment. Specifically:
“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.”
The SAMHSA definition of treatment involves “a constellation of ongoing therapeutic services ultimately intended to promote recovery for substance abuse patients.”
SAMHSA helpfully produced a set of guiding principles for detoxification and substance use disorder treatment:
Medical detox supports the body’s physiological processes by providing symptom management. Typically, medical detox facilities use a team of doctors, nurses, and technical support staff to monitor patients through the detoxification process. However, just like the different types of detox, there are also various types of medical facilities.
Featured image: Gallus Medical Detox Center in Littleton, Colorado
Types of medical detox facilities vary in terms of level of care and intervention, depending upon the individual’s needs. The most broadly accepted standards of care for the treatment of substance use disorders have been defined by the American Society of Addiction Medicine, which created a clinical tool known as the Patient Placement Criteria, Second Edition (PPC-2R) to meet the different levels of care required.
ASAM identified six assessment dimensions:
ASAM’s PPC-2R also describes the settings in which detox services might take place and the levels of care a patient needs. While these criteria cannot include all details for the success of treatment, they are a good guideline for the level of clinical intervention each patient will require.
When assessing the level of care a person needs, it’s also critical to choose the right facility. ASAM produced a guide detailing the differing levels of care to help make that decision:
Broadly speaking — and this is dependent upon the type of medical facility — the goal of medical detox is to ease the patient through the withdrawal process comfortably, safely, and without complications. Reputable centers will also provide the patient with resources and an aftercare plan to ensure they continue on the journey of recovery successfully.
Each person’s drug use is different, just like their medical needs. They may have other complicating factors such as diabetes and/or mental health conditions. 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.”
Medically monitored detox is an important aspect of the recovery process. It ensures patient safety and reduces the risk of complications occurring from the detoxification process, especially when there are other co-morbidities like diabetes or high blood pressure. Due to our advanced medical protocols, we are able to safely care for this patient population in a comfortable manner. — Dr. Patrick Gallus
If in doubt, speak to a licensed medical professional. Gallus Medical Detox Centers are certified ASAM Level III. 7D Medically Monitored Inpatient Detoxification Facility. Call today for a free consultation: 866-358-6446.
A single share can change many lives
Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get latest updates and tips.
As soon as today, you can be on your way to a life free from addiction.
Get a free assessment
Alternatively, you may call 866-358-6446 and speak to an admissions customer care specialist.