Drug Detox

Drug Detox – Break the Cycle of Drug use

Drug detox or detoxification is the typical first step in recovery from opioids, stimulants and many other addictive drugs.

Our detox treatments will help you break the cycle of drug abuse.

Detox makes it possible for you to get sober so you can enter primary drug rehab.

Our detox program relies on doctors and other specialists to provide all needed treatment.

This treatment takes place at our inpatient facilities that require you to stay on site in a bed and breakfast like setting.

Inpatient detox provides the highest possible level of care.

No matter the severity of your drug problems, this type of detox program will help you achieve your sobriety goals.

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Definition of Drug Detox

Our drug detox facility will help people addicted to street drugs or prescription drugs go through the withdrawal process.

The specific steps required in detox will depend on the type of substance you’re addicted to.

It also depend on your level of involvement in drug use.

Despite these differences, our detoxification programs have three main objectives:

  • Gathering all details regarding your addiction and other aspects of your health
  • Providing the support you need to make it through withdrawal without relapsing
  • Getting you ready to enter a drug treatment program after you complete detox

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Withdrawal happens to addicted people for certain predictable reasons.

Over time, heavy drug use changes the way your brain functions. These alterations basically make your brain dependent on a drug for its “normal” activity.

This new norm only lasts for as long as your level of intake continues. If you stop taking drugs or cut down your consumption, your brain will have a negative reaction.

That reaction takes the form of withdrawal symptoms. Different substances trigger different types of these symptoms.

For example, people withdrawing from opioid drugs or medications may experience things such as:

  • Sleeplessness
  • A rapid heartbeat
  • Fever
  • Stomach cramps
  • High sweat and tear production

In contrast, potential symptoms of stimulant withdrawal include:

  • A paranoid state of mind
  • Sleeplessness or excessive sleepiness
  • Heightened appetite
  • A slowdown of your normal emotional and physical reaction times

Problems that can affect people withdrawing from benzodiazepines and other sedatives include:

  • Panic attacks
  • Headaches
  • Achy muscles
  • Hand tremors
  • Disrupted sleep

For some people, sedative withdrawal also produces more serious symptoms.

Possible issues include seizures, hallucinations and a delirious mental state.

Drug Detox - A nurse checks on a young woman who in in her second day of drug detox. Once she has completed detox she will move into residential rehab.

What Happens at Drug Detox Center

The care you receive at our drug detox treatment center depends on the source of your addiction.

Medication is often used to help you if you are addicted to opioids. There are two main treatment options available buprenorphine and methadone.

Doctors use these substances (both opioids themselves) as temporary replacements for more powerful opioids you are addicted to.

When used as intended, they provide a benefit by making the withdrawal process gradual and more tolerable. Over time, the dose is reduced until you no longer need the medication and you reach a sober state.

Medication is also used to help you withdrawal from benzodiazepines. The typical choice is a smaller dose of another benzodiazepine. This may sound strange.

However, doctors do this to avoid the onset of severe withdrawal symptoms in their patients. Your dose will gradually be lowered until you complete detox.

Supportive care and monitoring is the main form of detox treatment for people withdrawing from other types of substances. This approach does not involve the use of medication.

Instead, our programs rely on other methods to safeguard your health and maximize your comfort. For example, your doctor will monitor your vital signs.

In addition, you may receive IV fluids or take electrolytes or other supplements. If you are addicted to opioids or benzodiazepines typically you receive both medications and supportive care.

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Who Needs to Enter Drug Detox

People who enter drug detox programs have serious conditions called Substance Use Disorders or SUDs.

There are different types of these disorders for every major category of drugs. For example, you may have an:

  • Opioid use disorder
  • Stimulant use disorder
  • Sedative, hypnotic or anxiolytic use disorder
  • Cannabis use disorder

All SUDs have 11 potential symptoms. Most of these symptoms are closely tied to the presence of an addiction.

Others indicate the presence of damaging, non-addicted drug abuse.

The two main symptoms found in addicted people are:

  • Substance withdrawal when you do not maintain your level of intake
  • Rising tolerance to the effects of a substance, which leads to increased drug use

Addicted people may also:

  • Lose control over the amount of drugs they use
  • Lose control over how often they use drugs
  • Keep using drug despite obvious signs of physical or mental harm
  • Arrange their daily schedules around using drugs or recovering from drug use
  • Fail multiple times when they try to stop taking drugs

You only need to have two symptoms of drug addiction and/or abuse to get diagnosed with an SUD.

If your symptoms indicate an addiction, you are a clear candidate for a detox program.

Best Options for Drug Detox

It is possible to go through drug detox in an outpatient program. Outpatient programs work best for people who only have a history of mild addiction.

In most cases, the recommended option for detox is an inpatient facility. Our inpatient detox provides some crucial advantages.

First, it gives you access to medication and supportive care on a 24 hour 7 day a week basis.

Our inpatient facilities also provide immediate medical attention in emergency situations. In addition, they provide you with stable surroundings while you go through withdrawal.

Some inpatient programs operate out of hospitals or other large facilities.

Our programs operate out of separate facilities dedicated solely to addiction treatment.

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How Long Will Drug Detox Last

The length of time you spend in drug detox depends on two main factors:

  • The type of drug you’re addicted to
  • The specific issues you experience while going through withdrawal

These factors differ from person to person. This means that no one can tell for sure how long detox will last.

At one end of the range, many people complete opioid detox in just a week to 10 days. Your doctor can give you an estimate of what to expect in your particular circumstances after your first meeting.

Paying for Drug Detox

Insurance plans often cover the expense enrolling in a drug detox program.

Some plans may offer complete coverage, while others will pay only part of the cost.

To find out what your coverage offers call or fill out the insurance verification form and we will call your insurance company on your behalf to get the exact cost of treatment for you.

If you don’t have insurance or your plan doesn’t cover detox, you can still get help. We offer programs will allow you to make payments for your care.

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Learn More About Drug Detox Programs at Pathfinders

Our drug detox programs provide the medical supervision needed to safely withdraw from drugs or prescription medicines.

Medication and supportive care are used to help people detox from opioids and benzodiazepines. People addicted to other kinds of drugs may receive only supportive care.

Your length of stay in treatment depends on the source of your addiction. It also depends on the severity of the symptoms you experience during withdrawal.

Successful completion of detox will leave you prepared for primary addiction treatment. Most insurance plans will cover the cost of drug detox.

Call us to find out more about your coverage.

If you do not have insurance call us. We will find a way to get the help you need. To learn more about detox programs, contact us today.

Our experts have all the information needed to help detox your body from drugs. That includes the details of specific treatment options.

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