Substance use recovery occurs on a continuum, with the very first step in this important journey involving the detox and withdrawal phase. The detox process is a necessary step toward achieving the goal of long-term sobriety. Once the substance has been cleared from the body, the participant can begin to stabilize and engage in recovery activities.
ELEVATE Wellness Center offers a flexible schedule for the detox and withdrawal process to take place. Providing a detox period of 5-10 days depending on need, the detox team will assist the participant from beginning to end by offering medical interventions and psychological support.
Detox support services include:
Medical services and assessment
RN and LVN monitoring during the length of detox period
Clinical assessment provided by a licensed clinical team member
24-hour access to medical and clinical team members
Throughout the detox phase of treatment participants will receive 24-hour supervision. All meals, snacks, and liquids are provided, as well as comfortable accommodations in a private or semi-private room.
Some participants may want to begin engaging in therapeutic activities offered in the onsite stabilization program. If the detox team feels this is appropriate, these clinical services are provided at no additional charge.
What to Expect in Medical Detox
To understand what to expect during detox it helps to know how a substance use disorder develops in the first place. When a psychoactive substance, a substance that alters perception, enters the bloodstream it impacts the central nervous system and the brain. The brain responds to the influx of dopamine and acknowledges the positive effects of the substance, imprinting the experience on the reward system. Over time the brain reinforces the substance use, eventually causing neural pathways to become altered.
Cessation of the substance, as when entering treatment, causes the body to begin the detoxification process. Brain chemistry responds to the sudden absence of the substance, causing a cascade of withdrawal symptoms as the body attempts to adjust. The severity of the withdrawal symptoms a participant experiences, ranging from mild to severe, is determined by several factors, such as:
How long a history of substance use
What substance or substances are involved
How much of the substance was regularly ingested
Age of participant
Health status of participant
Presence of co-occurring mental health disorders
How many prior detox attempts have been made
Although detox is an uncomfortable, but necessary, first step in recovery, a team of detox professionals will provide timely medications to help ease the participant through the process. In addition to medical interventions, the emotional support offered by the team is also invaluable. As withdrawal symptoms intensify it may become very tempting to just give up. By having compassionate support available it allows the participant to successfully complete the detox process and transition to the stabilization phase of their recovery journey.