What to Expect at Your Detox Facility

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You can expect your detox facility to feature highly qualified medical professionals and addiction specialists who are trained to administer the most effective addiction treatments and therapies today.

People who suffer from addiction are often apprehensive about entering rehab or a detox facility for help. A detox facility is the best place to start your path toward long-term recovery. If you’re considering seeking help for your substance abuse or addiction problem, here’s what you can expect.

Assessment

Upon entering an alcohol or drug detox center, you will be assessed for your overall health and the nature of your addiction. Addiction specialists need to know all about your addiction as well as any health issues you may have, including mental health issues. These specialists aren’t trying to be invasive; they need to evaluate each client in order to develop a customized treatment plan to help them along their recovery path. Each person is unique, so each treatment plan must take into consideration each client’s specific needs.

Medical Detox Facility

Today’s detox facilities are the safest places to undergo the detox process.1 During medical detoxification, the body purges itself of the addictive substance, and brain chemistry begins to return to normal. Withdrawal symptoms are inevitable, but healthcare providers are able to treat them to dramatically reduce their severity. Medications may be available that actually shorten the detox period, depending on the substance of abuse and the intensity of the addiction.

Healthcare providers monitor clients throughout the process to ensure that they ward off any health complications that could arise and to keep them as comfortable as possible.

Individual and Group Therapies

Detox only addresses the physical dependency on drugs or alcohol, and while medical detox is a necessary first step, it does not typically lead to recovery on its own. Intensive therapies offered in groups or in individual sessions address the psychological and behavioral aspects of addiction.

Therapists work with addiction sufferers to arm them with new strategies for coping with their cravings and other triggers that have led them to abuse drugs, like stress or negative emotions. As the recovery process continues, individuals learn about their addiction and how they can ward off a relapse.

Alternative Therapies

While evidence-based treatments are highly effective for treating addiction, there are also many alternative treatments that can enhance the recovery process. Some detox centers and addiction treatment programs include alternative therapies such as restorative yoga, which allows clients to practice mindfulness and learn new ways to cope with their triggers. Offerings like family therapy, art therapy and writing therapy are ideal treatments for many addiction sufferers.

Aftercare

After intensive therapy is complete, many people in recovery still need support as they attempt to return to their day-to-day lives. Aftercare programs are designed to provide ongoing support for as long as individuals may need it. Your detox center will be able to recommend relevant aftercare programs like AA or NA where people can continue to learn strategies to ward off relapse.2

If you are suffering from addiction, a detox center is the best place to begin your recovery journey. If you have questions, addiction specialists will be able to answer them and walk you through their recommendations for treatment. With their help, you’ll be able to overcome this disease and learn to live the sober life you deserve.


References:

  • (1) Understanding Drug Abuse and Addiction: What Science Says
  • (2) If Not AA, Then What? SMART Recovery and the AA Alternatives