women attending drug detox at brookside treatmentDrugs and alcohol are psychoactive substances that affect your body and mind in profound ways. When someone is addicted to psychoactive substances, their brain has adapted to regular exposure to a substance. Some drugs — and alcohol — are able to trick you into needing them to function normally. You can start the process of overcoming addiction at Brookside Treatment’s alcohol and drug detox center.

All substances cause your judgment to be clouded and affect your thinking and behavior. In most cases, you need to clear your body of these toxins to begin the process of healing from a substance use disorder. During the detox phase of addiction treatment, you learn about the basic principles of recovery and prepare for your recovery program.

A drug and alcohol detox center is a place where people who’ve been struggling with substance use disorders can start the recovery process. They’re often part of a rehabilitation center, although some people might require hospitalization to help with acute withdrawal symptoms.

During the detox period, you’ll attend meetings and classes to learn more about addiction and the recovery process. However, during this stage, the focus is on coping with and overcoming withdrawal symptoms and making you feel as comfortable as possible.

Detoxification aims to minimize the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms associated with overcoming addiction, which is often a huge obstacle that prevents people from entering recovery. You’ll have at least one detox mentor and a registered nurse to support you through the process. Attempting to detox alone is potentially dangerous and rarely successful.

Most people who use drugs for more than a month or so require some form of detox. The longer you’ve been using substances, the longer detox is likely to last. If you’ve been using alcohol heavily for an ongoing time period, detox will be necessary. Chronic alcohol use disorder, chronic opiate abuse and prolonged benzodiazepine abuse may necessitate hospitalization before you begin a treatment program with us.

The whole point of detox is to get you into a state where you’re physically fit and well enough to tackle therapy and psychoeducation. If your body is busy trying to purge the toxins from your system, it’ll be much harder to focus on improving your mental health.

Detoxification addresses the immediate physical issues caused by addiction so that you’re ready to address the psychological and lifestyle factors that contribute to your diagnosis.

Assessment

The first stage of your addiction treatment is to get a thorough medical assessment to determine your precise needs. During this session, we’ll determine your medical history and find out about your past drug use. We’ll create a therapy schedule according to your specific needs to give you the best chance of sustaining recovery long term.

Generally, withdrawal symptoms occur when someone either slows down or stops taking a substance that their body has gotten used to having in the system. The exact withdrawal symptoms you experience depend on the substances you’ve been using, how long you’ve been using them and your unique brain chemistry.

Each person experiences detox differently, so there’s no way to describe exactly what to expect during the withdrawal process. Even for the same person, one detox can be entirely different from another. The most important thing during this time is that you have access to medical care around the clock and a caring support network.

Some of the withdrawal symptoms our team can help you to manage during detox include:

  • Hallucinations
  • Delirium
  • Tremors
  • Cravings
  • Mood swings
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Insomnia
  • Paranoia
  • Restlessness
  • Exhaustion
  • Cramps
  • Fever
  • Sweating
  • Chronic pain

Nonmedical Detox

We can help people to taper off Suboxone, Subutex or Zubsolv until they don’t need it at all anymore. We offer nonmedical detox to avoid any risk of cross addiction and give you the guidance and support you need to remain substance-free. Detox usually lasts from three to seven days, but it can last for as long as you need.

24-Hour Medical Support

Research has shown that compassionate and supportive care is even more important than medication in overcoming many addictions. Detox can be a time when people feel scared and insecure, in addition to experiencing the physical effects of withdrawal.

When you come to Brookside Treatment center for detox, you can rest assured that our caring, dedicated team will take care of you.

Detoxification is different for everyone, so the time you spend in our drug detox center depends entirely on your circumstances. Factors such as your mental and physical health, the amount of substances you’ve been using, how long you’ve been using them and the type of substance you’re addicted to will affect the time needed.

Detox can last from several days right up to a month, but in most cases you’ll stay for between three and seven days.

It’s important to remember that detox isn’t a cure for addiction independently. It makes up an essential portion of the continuum of care in addiction treatment. While not everyone will need to attend each stage of the recovery process, it’s generally regarded as the most effective way of overcoming addiction.