California Highlands Addiction Treatment Vistas specializes in all steps of the rehabilitation process backed by thousands of successful alumni, but it also offers the first step in addiction treatment with a thorough and comprehensive detox for drug and alcohol dependence.
The center is committed to offering medical detox services and stands behind a fully accredited medical staff that will monitor you 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year, as you go through the process. The sole purpose of medical treatment is to guide users through detox with medications, if needed, and help them manage and minimize the complications of drug or alcohol withdrawal.
Withdrawal symptoms happen when substance users with a drug or alcohol dependence stop using those substances. The longer one uses an addictive substance, the more intense the withdrawal symptoms are. Once your body and brain have become used to a psychoactive chemical, it works differently. A break in use forces the brain and body to readjust as they attempt to function normally. The time it takes for the body to reset itself will vary by the person.
In certain scenarios, such as with benzodiazepines and alcohol, withdrawal can result in life-threatening symptoms that require medical treatment. Benzodiazepines, when taken in high doses, can create the potential for medical episodes such as grand mal seizures, which can be lethal if not supervised. It’s highly recommended that this process is done with a medical professional team. Withdrawal symptoms differ as we all have different brain chemistry and the types of drugs consumed, but the common symptoms include:
- Elevated heart rate
- Muscle and joint soreness
- Shortness of breath
While certain drug and alcohol withdrawal symptoms can pose real threats, the outcome is positive when seeking medical care to stop. Medical detox offers more than just alleviating the symptoms of being sick but rather an outlet to do it safely.
Frequently Asked Detox Treatment Questions
What is Detox Treatment?
Detox treatment is the most extensive level of care in addiction treatment. In a majority of cases, it is the first step of the continuum of care. Medically managed intensive inpatient treatment is another name for detox because of its 24-hour cycle of continuous medical care. It’s intended to manage the first step of addiction recovery while the brain’s chemistry begins the transition back to normal after quitting drugs and/or alcohol.
The primary objective is safety, and the client will be monitored around the clock to ensure all goes according to plan. The second objective of the procedure is comfort so that the client can avoid or manage the worst symptoms that may arise as a result of substance use.
Several factors will be reviewed to map out each client’s specific addiction treatment plan, but when a client opts to start medical detox, the person can rest easier knowing medical, and addiction professionals are on board to treat specific recovery needs that are unique to the individual. Factors that can affect your treatment plan include:
- The kinds of drug(s) used. The effects of withdrawal will be different depending on what kind of drug(s) that were taken. Withdrawal from a stimulant, such as cocaine or methamphetamine, will differ from withdrawal from opioids, such as heroin or OxyContin. Each requires a specific approach to be treated effectively.
- Treatment for polydrug use. Substance users commonly abuse several types of drugs at the same time. If the person in recovery has become dependent on multiple drugs, the treatment plan will need to address the symptoms of each drug that is used.
- Medical issues. Individuals use drugs for different reasons, and injuries or diseases that could be suffered need to be addressed at this phase. In some cases, addiction causes medical complications but could create health challenges, such as intravenous infections and diseases. All medical needs must be met for treatment to be successful.
- Psychological Implications. Certain drugs such as methamphetamine can create psychological needs that require additional treatment. Anxiety and depression are the two most common symptoms that lead to substance use disorders.
The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) has set criteria that are used to place clients in the right level of care. The first portion is used to determine the need for medical detox that includes acute intoxication or withdrawal potential, biomedical complications, and psychological complication. Someone with these needs requires a higher level of care such as detox.
Do I Need Medical Detox Treatment Services?
If you use addictive psychoactive drugs, you may wonder if detox is right for you. There are several warning signs that indicate substance use has led to physical dependence. Initially, the person may begin to notice a higher tolerance as it takes more of the drug to achieve the desired results. When more of the drug is taken to make up for the tolerance, the increase spikes dramatically of physical dependence.
A clear-cut sign of addiction is when drug users depart from recreational use and use addictive substances to maintain a sense of normalcy and life balance. Another indicator of physical dependence is the presence of withdrawals when the person cannot use drugs or is forced to cut back. If a user has become dependent, the drug(s) of choice will dictate the need for detox.
For example, stimulant drugs cause uncomfortable psychological symptoms, whereas opioids cause flu-like symptoms and dehydration. When detoxing from depressants, such as alcohol, the central nervous system will, in turn, become hyperactive because of the time it has spent being inactive. It’s necessary to understand how vital treatment is for someone who consumed large amounts of the drugs listed above as well as others not mentioned here. Recovering substance users are advised to speak to a medical professional about their situation to determine which outcome is best.
How Long is Medical Detox Treatment?
The time one spends in detox will vary based on the type of drug used, length of use, and if there is a history of mental illness, among other factors. For the general population, the process can take up to a week, or longer in rare cases. Once the client’s medical condition is considered stable, higher levels of care are no longer needed. At this point, the client will be moved to a lower level of care that requires less supervision.
Continued Commitment to Recovery
California Highlands Addiction Treatment Vistas offers residential services. If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, seek professional help from a licensed facility. In most cases, a week of detox is not enough to treat deep-rooted issues. Inpatient/outpatient treatment services can meet your needs as you set out to treat the disorder effectively after medical detox ends.
We specialize in addiction treatment and have researched the most effective methods to treat this chronic disease at its very core.