Drug Detox Program
What is Drug Detox?
Detox or detoxification is the process of the body’s removal of drugs. When this occurs there can be withdrawal symptoms that may be uncomfortable for the user. The withdrawal symptom experience can differ for each individual depending on many factors such as:
A drug detox center provides safe and effective medications that help someone who is struggling with substance abuse get through the symptoms of drug or alcohol withdrawals. For some addictions, the physical withdrawals are the very reason they could not stop using substances on their own. Medically managed detoxification is supervised by medical doctors, psychiatrists, and other addiction detox and recovery specialists. Depending on the person’s history of drug addiction or alcoholism, as well as mental and emotional disorders, each person will need personalized attention, specific medications, and medical supervision while in drug detox.
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Why Drug Detox?
The purpose of drug detox is also to encourage recovery from addiction. There are professional drug detox centers that only provide detox services and medications to get someone clean. In rare cases, this can allow someone to end their addiction. However, in most cases, a substance abuse treatment program is necessary to establish willingness and give the person the awareness and skills on how to remain drug and alcohol-free long term. Individualized treatment plans are provided at our detox center. This type of treatment plan maps out for the individual what kinds of therapy and substance-specific treatment program they need.
According to standards set by the consensus panel for Treatment Improvements Protocols (TIP) overseen by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, emphasize how critical the drug detox phase is for helping a person overcome their addiction.
Detoxification does not constitute substance abuse treatment but is one part of a continuum of care for substance-related disorders. The detoxification process consists of the following three sequential and essential components:
A detoxification process that does not incorporate all three critical components is considered incomplete and inadequate by the consensus panel. (SAMHSA)
The standards set by the TIP are met at Evoke Wellness Massachusetts Drug Detox Center. We provide complete medical, psychiatric, and emotional evaluations and stabilize each client physically emotionally and mentally. We then encourage and support them towards a treatment program that is tailored to meet their individual needs.
Who Needs Drug Detoxification?
Drug detox is necessary for most people who have become addicted to an addictive substance. Although not all addictive substances cause physical withdrawal symptoms but most will cause emotional and mental withdrawal symptoms. All three types of withdrawal symptoms emotional, mental, and physical can be dangerous and require professional monitoring and support. The examples of substances that cause physical withdrawal symptoms that must be medically supervised include:
Other substances that are concerning and require professional supervision and monitoring during detox include club drugs such as ecstasy, ketamine, molly, or GHB. Marijuana, hallucinogens such as mushrooms and LSD, and prescription sleep medications such as Ambien, Lunesta, and others.
How Long Does Drug Detox Take?
The amount of time it takes for a person to complete a drug detox program is dependent on their history of drug use: the types, and amounts, and for how long. Another consideration for how long it will take an individual to complete detox is whether they have other diagnoses that may exacerbate their withdrawal symptoms. Specific mental and emotional health diagnoses can make detoxification more challenging. For example, people who are diagnosed with depression or anxiety may experience insomnia or feel unable to relax longer than someone who is not diagnosed with depression or anxiety.
The timeline shows how long it generally takes for a person to detox from these commonly abused substances:
Evoke Drug Detox in Massachusetts
Evoke drug detox center in Massachusetts provides medically managed detoxification and drug treatment. We allow our clients to rest and sleep while they are in detox. Once a client is admitted into our drug detox program, they are medicated and evaluated by our staff of medical doctors who specialize in drug and alcohol detoxification. Next, they are assessed by our psychiatric professionals and diagnosed for any emotional or mental health disorders and prescribed medications if needed to begin treatment. Then clients are encouraged to meet with one of our addiction counselors and therapists once they are physically stronger. We provide small group counseling and individual counseling regularly in detox.
Our Massachusetts drug detox center is modern and comfortable. Our clients are encouraged to go outside, participate in small groups, join in with lighthearted activities, and allow smoking outside in designated areas. Meals and snacks are provided around the clock, and each client is encouraged to talk with staff members when they need support or encouragement. We provide an individualized treatment plan as part of their detox program. Our drug detox is directly connected to our substance-specific treatment programs.
Ideally, clients who are admitted into one of our drug detox programs then enter one of our treatment programs, which are directly connected. This allows for continued in-depth care and encourages the individual to form and build meaningful relationships with their counselors and other clients.