What Really Happens at Drug Detox

Many people battling alcohol or substance use disorders make several attempts to drug detox at home. These attempts often fail, necessitating the need for professional, supervised detox.

Deciding to live a drug-free life is not always easy. The process often seems overwhelming, but the rewards are worth the effort. When you understand what to expect from detox therapies at Renaissance Recovery, it can settle your nerves and reinforce your recovery commitment.

Initial Consultation

The therapist will welcome you to start your recovery process on your first day. You will discuss your substance use disorder with a specialist, its history, other drugs you might be using, and any underlying conditions you have.

The information obtained during your initial consultation will help your therapist to design a personalized treatment plan that addresses your unique needs. You will also receive a tour of the treatment facility to be at ease with the surroundings.

Medical Assessment

A substance or alcohol use disorder takes a toll on your body. By the moment you accept that you need help, the chances are that you are also grappling with other conditions, like depression, anxiety, and nutrition deficiency.

A medical professional, such as a doctor, psychiatrist, nurse, or psychologist, will assess your condition to determine your physical and mental state. The assessment will help the facility to select the best medical detox drugs for your withdrawal symptoms.

Choosing a Residential or Outpatient Detox

Based on the initial consultation and medical assessment results, you can undertake your detox therapies in either a residential or an outpatient program.

Residential detox requires you to live in the treatment facility during the entire process of detox. It is a good option if your substance use disorder is chronic. The plan is also ideal for those who wish to avoid triggers at home or those with a weak social support system.

However, if you want a drug detox plan that will fit into your schedule, an outpatient program (OP) can be your best choice. Under OP, you can receive treatment during your lunch hour, after or before work, or on weekends. Outpatient detox can either be intensive or ordinary.

Medically-Managed Drug Detox

Depending on the severity of your condition and the type of substances you need to detox from, your therapist may subject you to a monitored medical detox program.

The nurses will give you the medications orally or through injections. These drugs target the painful withdrawal symptoms of specific mental health and substance use disorders.
Some of the most commonly used detox medications include:

  • Disulfiram (Antabuse)
  • Buprenorphine (Subutex)
  • Anticonvulsants (Depakote and Tegretol)
  • Methadone
  • Naltrexone (Revia)
  • Benzodiazepines (diazepam and chlordiazepoxide)
  • Anti-nausea medicine

The medical doctor in charge can also recommend nutritional supplements because some substance use disorders cause eating disorders.

Your Input in the Recovery Process

While withdrawal-management drugs can significantly reduce your pain during detox, an effective treatment program focuses on long-term recovery. After detox, you will learn how to maintain your sobriety.

You can learn the essential skills for overcoming triggers through various programs, including:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Vocational development program
  • Gender-based rehab treatment
  • Structured sober living
  • Drug and alcohol addiction treatment

Through these programs, you will learn the skills for stress management, relapse prevention, and other recovery-related techniques.

Get Medically-Assisted Detox at Renaissance Recovery

Let our professionals at Renaissance Recovery hold your hand through your recovery journey. We can create a personalized treatment program to prepare you for long-term sobriety. After a drug detox program, we will use several evidence-based therapies for a holistic approach. Contact Renaissance Recovery at [Direct] to start your medically-assisted detox today.

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Renaissance Recovery Coronavirus Policy Update

As the national pandemic continues to make it increasingly difficult for individuals to receive quality aftercare, The District Recovery Community & Renaissance Recovery has provided a solution to all those seeking long term care. We are proud to announce that we will be offering all aspects of our treatment including intimate groups, one on one therapy, and case management to individuals in all states from the comfort and safety of your home. This is a great option for clients that are in need of continued treatment, but are returning home to be with their families during this time.

The District Recovery Community and Renaissance Recovery will remain in operation during this time and continue to serve our mission of treating those suffering from alcoholism and addiction.

We encourage you all to reach out to learn more about how we can work together to ensure that our clients remain sober, safe, and continue to get the help that they need.