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What is a Medical Detox?

Medical detox is a safer and healthier alternative to “cold turkey” and rapid detoxes. The medications used during a medical detox have been tested, proven, and approved for use in easing withdrawal symptoms.

Drug and alcohol detoxes, without assistance, can be incredibly challenging, uncomfortable, and even dangerous. Severe or long-term addictions typically equate to severe withdrawal symptoms that may be physically or emotionally painful and often lead to relapse. In medical detox, many of these barriers are removed.

Medically-Supervised Detox

The medically-supervised detoxes at Resurgence Behavioral Health make use of approved medications and therapeutic techniques to make your withdrawal process easier to bear. Even when you feel ready to face the withdrawal process, because drugs and alcohol alter your brain chemistry, your body may react in an unexpected way once you stop drinking or doing drugs.

A medical detox can help keep your brain and body in sync so that recovery is easier to achieve. This kind of detox is done in a safe, comfortable, medically-assisted, and professionally supervised environment. This will not only help ease troubling withdrawal symptoms but will also help keep you safe from more severe symptoms and prevent a relapse when the symptoms are at their worst.

Here, you will have the time, space, and assistance you need to focus on your recovery, get through withdrawal, and move on to the next step without distractions.

Immediate Placement in Drug or Alcohol Medical Detox

Depending on the type, length, and severity of your addiction, along with other individual factors, there are several medications that may be used in your medical detox, including:

  • Methadone
  • Buprenorphine
  • Naltrexone
  • Subutex
  • Suboxone
  • Vivitrol

Not everyone will need medications, the medical staff will let you know your options at the detox center that will provide various benefits of drug detox.

How Do the Medications Work?

All of the approved medications are non-addictive.

Throughout different phases of your treatment and for different addictions, you may be given one or more of them. These medications are particularly useful during your medical detox. Many of them block cravings, alter the happy feelings you get when you ingest drugs or alcohol to make them less pleasant to help you move past your addictions.

Supervised Medical Detox vs. At-Home Detox

The problem with at-home detoxes is that you never really know how your body and brain are going to react to the withdrawal process. Many drug and alcohol addictions lead to moderate to severe withdrawal symptoms that are less detrimental with assistance. Additionally, even mild withdrawal symptoms, like nausea, sweats, and constipation, can lead to relapse when they’re at their peak.

Other times, withdrawal symptoms can increase and lead to psychiatric distress. An opiate addiction, for example, often leads to mild, uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that are not life-threatening. The mild withdrawal symptoms might suggest that the withdrawal process will be easy to get through, but opiate withdrawal typically also includes severe cravings.

Because it eases symptoms, prevents relapse, and leads to further treatment, the best way to withdraw from any addiction is with a medical detox rather than one attempted at home. The benefits of drug detox in a medical setting is the safest and most comfortable way to detox.

Medical Detox Timeline

The length and severity of withdrawal symptoms vary from patient to patient. This happens because withdrawal symptoms are heavily influenced by individual factors, like the type of addiction, length of time you have been using, the method, amounts, genetic predispositions, and other physical and mental health factors.

Another factor that can make withdrawal symptoms a bit harder to predict is that one addiction often co-exists with another or with an underlying mental health condition. As many as half of adults experiencing one or more mental illnesses will also experience a substance use disorder, which means that about half of people with substance use disorders will also experience a mental illness, as well.

Sometimes, it’s difficult to say which one came first, but we do know that they typically occur together, and one may make the other one worse if both are not properly treated. Additionally, drug and alcohol addictions also occur together very frequently.

Your medical detox timeline may vary, but most withdrawals last for about one week. However, less severe withdrawal symptoms may last as little as three days for some patients. The timeline, on average, of three to seven days, applies to both alcohol and most drug addictions.

Cravings tend to last longer than your other mental and physical withdrawal symptoms do, which is one reason of many that medical detox is typically followed by an inpatient rehab stay.

Detox is an excellent first step, but it is not enough to produce the lasting behavioral changes that are required for long-term recovery.

Medical Detox Admissions Process

Your medical detox admissions meeting helps us gather insight into your addiction, mental and physical health, and the treatment methods that will work best for you.

Think of the admissions process as a confidential interview we use to put you in the right treatment program. It is not an interrogation, there is no blame or shame in the process of getting help. Our dedicated staff will talk you through potential treatment options, as well as ask you questions about your addiction so we can understand you and your needs better. Your medical and mental health history, family history, and the details surrounding your substance abuse will also be discussed.

It’s important to be honest, so we know we are creating the right program for your specific addiction and needs. Any inaccuracies can make your treatment less effective. During this time, we can also answer any questions you may have, and perform a free insurance verification to confirm your coverage for care.

How Much Does a Medical Detox Cost?

Our comprehensive detox services help with many different types of addictions with 24-hour staff access and support. As such, this is one of the most expensive parts of drug and alcohol addiction treatment. However, rehab services, especially detox programs, are often covered by insurance now.

Resurgence happily accepts most insurance. If you do not have insurance, we will set up a payment plan so you can get the help you need. We want you to get the care you need, and we don’t believe that finances should be a barrier to that care.

If you are ready to get started, our friendly admissions coordinators are always available to get you ready for the benefits of a drug detox. Call them at 855-458-0050 to obtain the insurance verification we mentioned earlier.

Benefits of Medical Detox Programs

One of the benefits of drug detox is that it allows patients to safely withdraw from a variety of drugs and alcohol. With certain addictions, life-threatening withdrawal symptoms, like seizures, often require medical assistance and supervision.

However, medical detox can ease a wide range of other mental and physical withdrawal symptoms, as well. Detoxing in a safe, comfortable, supervised, and assisted environment is typically the best way to start your journey to recovery.

Why Should You Choose Resurgence?

The medically-assisted, 24-hour-care medical detox at Resurgence is only the start.

We offer a wide range of treatment options, and each plan is uniquely customized to the patient that is committing to it.

At Resurgence, we are dedicated to your health, safety, recovery, and sobriety. Each part of the process will reflect this care and dedication.

Once you leave our facility, we continue to offer the same level of support through our support groups, alumni groups, outpatient care, and aftercare planning and services.

When you seek sobriety with Resurgence, you never walk alone.