Detox

Drug and Alcohol Detox

Healing Properties offers an individualized approach to substance abuse treatment. Your addiction recovery treatment plan is specifically tailored and based upon your personal needs.

Medical detoxification or “drug and alcohol detox” safely helps you manage your physical symptoms of withdrawal that occur when you stop using drugs. Medical detoxification is only the first step in the addiction treatment stages.

By itself detox is rarely sufficient to help addicts and alcoholic achieve long-term abstinence. Detox is important because you may need prescription medications to help your body manage withdrawal symptoms. Detox offers supervision and monitoring that is safely provided in a controlled environment.

Healing Properties employs medical and mental health professionals who are available to offer treatment and support that will be needed.

MEDICAL DETOXIFICATION

People with addiction continue to use drugs and drink alcohol in order to avoid the physical and phycological discomfort of withdrawal symptoms. Medical detoxification is the first step in the treatment process. You may need to go through a detoxification protocol or detox depending upon the drugs in your system. Medical detox program makes it so that you can withdrawal from drugs and alcohol both safely and comfortably. Around-the-clock medical care is provided so that you can receive medicines to reduce the symptoms of withdrawal.

 

Medical detox does not have a set length of time but many times it can last 5-10 days in total. The length of time depends upon your situation, history, and extent of use.

Not everyone needs medical detox but those who need it may be addicted to:

(Beer, Wine, Liquor)
(Heroin, Painkillers)
(Klonopin, Xanax, Ativan, Valium, Librium)
(Crystal Meth, Ritalin, Adderall, Speed)

ALCOHOL WITHDRAWAL

Alcohol interferes with your brain’s natural functions therefore disrupting your central nervous symptoms. Alcohol is a depressive drug because it slows down brain functioning and changes the way messages are sent in your brain. When you stop consuming alcohol your symptoms of withdrawal can range from mild to severe. Healing Properties’ patients are detoxified using a Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment for Alcohol (CIWA).

Common symptoms of alcohol withdrawal include: Feelings of anxiety and depression, tremors, shaking hands, nausea, vomiting, dry heaves, insomnia, sweating, hallucinations, seizures, confusion, racing heart, fever, agitation, fidgeting, restlessness, packing, tactile disturbances, itching, pins and needles, burning, numbness, auditory hallucinations, visual disturbances, fullness in head, etc….

The risks of alcohol withdrawal include delirium tremens and dehydration. Left untreated these can lead to seizures, cardiac arrhythmia, and respiratory failure. Healing Properties recommends that you do not detox yourself from alcohol at home as it can be fatal without supervised medical attention.

OPIATE WITHDRAWAL

The opiate epidemic is currently the leading cause of accidental deaths. This addiction starts with prescription pills and eventually can lead to heroin addiction because heroin is substantially less expensive and more readily available. Opiates are currently among the most abused substances. In the United States, 948,000 individuals used heroin in 2016. In the same year, 11.5 million people were using narcotic painkillers for nonmedical reasons.

This class of drugs will cause physical dependence and individuals rely upon the drug to prevent experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Through continued use the individual’s tolerance will increase and will require more of the drug to produce the same effect in the brain. Drugs in this class include codeine, heroin, hydrocodone, Vicodin, hydromorphone, Dilaudid, methadone, meperidine, Demerol, morphine, oxycodone, Percocet, or even oxycontin. Opiate withdrawal is similar to moderate or severe flu-like symptoms. Healing Properties offers a range of options for medically assisted treatment detox. Healing Properties’ patients are detoxified using a Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale (COWS).

Common symptoms of opiate withdrawal include: muscle aches, teary eyes, agitation, insomnia, trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, yawning, anxiety, runny nose, sweating, elevated pulse rate, hypertension, fever, goosebumps, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramping, depression, opiate cravings.

The risks of opiate withdrawal that is not under medical supervision or cold turkey may not be fatal. However, most often times the physical and emotional discomfort leads to relapse. Medications and therapy available in medical detox will make recovery more successful. Healing Properties recommends that you do not try to detox yourself from opiates at home as it is safer and more comfortable within a supervised medical setting.

BENZODIAZEPINE WITHDRAWAL

Benzodiazepines are one of the most prescribed medications in the world. These substances have anxiolytic, muscle relaxant, anticonvulsant, and hypnotic actions. Benzodiazepines are tranquilizers and sedatives medically indicated for the treatment of muscle tension, insomnia, anxiety disorders, and panic attacks. These medications are often abused for recreational purposes. When taken over an extended period of time, for medical or nonmedical purposes, benzodiazepines use will result with physical and psychological dependence.

Drugs in this class include Xanax, Klonopin, Tranxene, Librium, Valium, Ativan, Restoril, and Halcion. The generic equivalents are Clobazam, Clonazepam, Clorazepate, Chlordiazepoxide, Diazepam, Lorazepam, Temazepam, and Triazolam. Healing Properties offers a range of options for benzodiazepine detox.

Common symptoms of benzodiazepine withdrawal: panic attacks, anxiety, increased tension, irritability, tremors, sweating, shaking, cognitive difficulties, memory problems, dry retching, nausea, vomiting, muscle pain or stiffness, seizures, confusion, fatigue, weakness, chest pain, depression resulting with severe possible suicidal ideations, elevated blood pressure, headaches, hot and cold flashes, mood swings, restless legs, taste and smell disturbances, etc…

The risks of benzodiazepine withdrawal are severe. Sudden discontinuation of benzodiazepines can be fatal as it can include psychotic behavior, altered mental status, hallucinations, and seizures. Healing Properties wants you to know that it important to remember that this can occur at any dose of benzodiazepine drugs and a medically supervised taper regiment is needed.

AMPHETAMINE WITHDRAWAL

TAmphetamines are in the stimulant class of medications and have a very high potential for abuse. Some amphetamines are medically prescribed by doctors to aid with ADHD/ADD, narcolepsy, and even neurological conditions; these include: Ritalin, Adderal, Vyvanse, Concerta. Other amphetamines are produced illegally in labs for elicit usage - crystal meth.

Common symptoms of amphetamine withdrawal include: elevated cravings, excessive hunger, shaking, elevated body temperature, rapid or irregular heartbeat, disturbed sleep, depression, irritability, exhaustion, and unpleasant dreams, memory impairment, impulsivity, inability to experience pleasure, and problems with concentration.

The risks of amphetamine withdrawal include the reactivation of pre-existing mental health or physical issues that may have been present prior to dependency. Healing Properties recommends that vital signs be monitored and treatment can be adjusted should any complications occur.

Medical detox will help you to feel physically better than you have in years but this is not enough; detox is the first step that helps you to become ready for addiction treatment. At Healing Properties we believe returning to an unhealthy environment and stressors after detox places individuals at great risk of relapse. Detox should always be followed by immediate entry into a residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, or an outpatient treatment program. Further treatment is required in order to develop necessary insight and the skills to maintain a sober life style.
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HOW HEALING PROPERTIES DETOX PROGRAM WORKS:

Step 1: INITIAL ASSESSMENT

You will speak with our admissions staff to complete an initial assessment either in-person or via telephone. This will help determine the presenting problems, intensity of treatment services required, and the level of care based on presenting symptoms and needs. Staff will also assist you by answering any questions, concerns, and providing you with necessary guidance. They will assist with arranging your admission into an offsite detoxification program.

Step 2: MEDICAL & CLINICAL ASSESSMENTS

You will undergo additional assessments including a history and physical exam, psychiatric evaluation, and discussion of withdrawal symptoms. If it is determined by medical staff that you will require a medical detoxification taper regiment, then a physician will order medications based on medical necessity. You will be monitored until the completion of regiment.

Step 3: TRANSITION TO TREATMENT

It is important that you transition directly from detox to Healing Properties, as the longer time between transitioning to our facility the greater the risk for relapse. Staff will assist with transport arrangements to ensure safe admission into addiction treatment program at Healing Properties.

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