Long-term drug and alcohol abuse can lead to significant physical and psychological health challenges. Addiction knows no limitation; it does not care about economic or social status, religion, employment, or housing status. Deciding to seek treatment to overcome addiction can easily be one of the most challenging decisions you will voluntarily make to improve your overall health. The withdrawal and detox process can indeed be difficult and complex. In some instances, potentially dangerous side effects are common, especially when detoxing from certain drugs and alcohol. Because detox is unpredictable, it is highly recommended that you complete detox at a medical detox center where skilled, compassionate medical and mental health professionals can provide support.
Drug detox itself is not addiction treatment; however, it is a first and vital first step towards achieving lasting recovery. Typically, you should expect a drug detox program in Spokane to include a few crucial elements.
During the intake or assessment process, a member of our treatment team will conduct an intake exam. This exam aims to help your treatment providers understand the level and type of support you may need during drug or alcohol detox. You will talk to a provider about your physical health, history of substance abuse, and history with detox and addiction treatment. They may also conduct various tests to assess your current medical and mental health. These tests are essential to determining the presence of any co-occurring mental or physical health conditions that may impact detox or influence the severity of detox symptoms.
Drug and alcohol detox and withdrawal symptoms will vary from person to person. The intensity and severity of the symptoms you experience depend significantly on several factors. In a medical detox program, each person seeking help can expect complete medical supervision throughout the detox process. This may include medication administration to help manage and reduce the intensity of specific withdrawal symptoms.
Throughout detox, which can sometimes last up to a week, medical staff continually monitor vitals to ensure your ongoing safety and reduce the chances of an acute medical emergency. Medically assisted or medical detox aims to provide mental and physical stability support during the earliest and most challenging days of detox. Once detox is complete, it is crucial to transition to an addiction treatment program that includes therapy, addiction education, and support while working towards lasting sobriety and recovery.
Regardless of your substance of choice, detoxing from drugs or alcohol alone or “cold turkey” can be unsafe. When you detox in a medically supervised setting, you are provided with ongoing support and care essential to successful detox and recovery. At Sequoia Detox Center, we understand that the unknowns that accompany detox are scary. We are here to provide support and guidance through each stage of your detox journey. Although detoxing is only the first step towards recovery, without detox and a commitment to lasting sobriety, it is impossible to recover from drug and alcohol addiction and begin a healthy life free from the hold of substances.
If you or a loved one are ready to put the challenges of addiction in the past, don’t wait to reach out. Addiction doesn’t take a day off, and drug and alcohol dependency symptoms will not go away without help. To learn more about our programs, contact us today.