Drug Addiction Treatment

Detox facilities

Drug addiction treatment can help people struggling with addiction, whether that is to alcohol or other drugs. Overcoming substances can be a challenging process, especially if the person has been using alcohol or drugs for a prolonged period of time. With persistent use a person may face physical and withdrawal symptoms if they suddenly stop — this can cause health problems in the case of stopping alcohol or benzodiazepines. In these cases, it is best to seek help from a drug addiction treatment facility, like medical detox, to ensure that you or your loved one are safely taken care of.


What is drug addiction treatment?

In essence, drug addiction treatment facilitates the withdrawal process of drugs/alcohol from the body – otherwise known as detox. However, there are various types of addiction treatments available. Some addiction treatment facilities, like a medical detox center, will use medication to ease the discomfort a person may experience while withdrawing from a substance. Others may use social detox and engage patients in an intensive psychological program. It really depends on the type of drug addiction, severity and frequency of use, and other health issues the person may have.


Can I seek drug addiction treatment at home?

There are potentially serious risks to detoxing at home without medical supervision. It can be difficult to detox without support and medication to ease the withdrawal symptoms, and stopping suddenly can be dangerous in the case of ceasing use of alcohol or benzodiazepines. Serious side effects of detox include seizures, severe dehydration, the risk of relapse, hallucinations, Delirium Tremens, depression and suicidal ideation.


Additionally, if a person has underlying health conditions, detox can cause medical complications. It is almost always advised to seek detox from a professional addiction treatment facility that specializes in medical detox. You can read more about the risks of home detox in our blog.


What are drug detox symptoms?

Without proper medical intervention and an individualized plan, alcohol and drug detox can be unpleasant and potentially fatal. We have listed the main categories of drugs below and common withdrawal symptoms. However, these may vary depending on the factors highlighted above.


Drug withdrawal symptoms may include:

  • Nightmares
  • Delusions
  • Convulsions
  • Seizure
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Migraine headaches
  • Intense anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Inability to sleep
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Cravings
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Excessive sweating
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Changes in blood pressure
  • Restlessness
  • Paranoia
  • Depression
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Coma


Those who take a high dose of methadone may experience more intense withdrawal symptoms.


What is involved in drug addiction treatment?

It’s important to note that every patient has unique needs, history of use, and medical conditions. Therefore, the detox timeline will vary from person-to-person. However, there are three key phases to drug addiction treatment:

  1. Evaluation: you can expect a medical team to fully evaluate you or your loved one for physical and mental health issues as well as taking a comprehensive medical history. From there a treatment plan will be devised that prioritizes the patients needs and safety.
  2. Stabilization: The next step will be stabilizing the patient with medical therapies and providing psychological support through the process. Medical detox will use medications, either orally or via IV, to help ease the discomfort of withdrawal symptoms. The person will be supervised medically throughout this process.
  3. Preparing for treatment or taking the next steps in recovery. Once a person has been detoxed, they will prepare to take the next steps in their recovery journey. That could include transferring to residential or outpatient addiction treatment, or attending regular therapy. The person leaving should expect to have identified next steps before completing their treatment at the detox facility.


How do I know if I need drug addiction treatment?

Typically, any patient who has been using alcohol and/or drugs persistently may experience withdrawal symptoms requiring medical detox. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration make recommendations for detox:


“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


How to pick a drug addiction treatment facility near me

Picking a drug addiction treatment 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


At Gallus Medical Detox Centers, we bring compassion to the commotion. Peace to the pain. Empowerment to the powerless. If you or someone you know needs support with addiction problems, bring us your battle. Call us today and take the best, first step towards recovery: 720-704-1432