What is Medical Detox?
Detox provided under medical supervision is the process by which the body eliminates poisons and harmful substances called toxins. Drugs and alcohol are toxins and the body reacts to them as it does to any poison. It attempts to flush them out and repair damaged tissue and restore a healthy, balanced system. Painful withdrawal symptoms and any unexpected situations are handled with appropriate medical intervention and treatment. Medical detox provides a much safer and comfortable withdrawal process. A successful medical detox does not mean that all of the toxins have been eliminated from the body, or that cravings for drugs and alcohol are gone, but it does mean that there are no longer serious medical risks.
Fallen Leaves medical detox is supervised by competent, compassionate, experienced doctors, nurses and therapists who will provide the utmost quality care to every patient. The treatment process begins the moment you enter Fallen Leaves detox. You will receive substance abuse education in conjunction with therapeutic counseling and interventions from our skilled staff. It is imperative to stabilize the patient medically, emotionally and spiritually and initiate an action plan for continued treatment and recovery. We introduce patients to the 12-step philosophy, identifying root causes, developing coping mechanisms and self-help protocols. Detox services include:
- Daily group therapy
- 24 hour staffing
- One-to-one therapy sessions
- Chiropractic services
- Culinary education and nutritious meals
- Supportive therapeutic community
Individual and group counseling and other behavioral therapies are the most commonly used forms of drug abuse treatment. Behavioral therapies vary in their focus and may involve addressing a client’s motivation to change, providing incentives for abstinence, building skills to resist drug use, replacing drug using activities with constructive and rewarding activities, improving problem solving skills, and facilitating better interpersonal relationships. Also, participation in group therapy and other support programs during and following treatment can help maintain abstinence.
Medications are an important element of treatment for many clients, especially when combined with counseling and other behavioral therapies. For example, methadone and buprenorphine are effective in helping individuals addicted to heroine or other opioids stabilize their urges and reduce their illicit drug use. Naltrexone is also an effective medication for some opioid-addicted individuals and some clients with alcohol dependence. For persons addicted to nicotine, a nicotine replacement product such as patches, gum, lozenges or an oral medication can be an effective component of treatment when part of a comprehensive behavioral treatment program.
An individuals treatment plan must be assessed continually and modified as necessary to ensure that it meets his or her changing needs. In addition to counseling or psychotherapy, a client may require:
- Medical services
- Family therapy
- Parenting instruction
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Social and legal services
Many drug-addicted individuals also have other mental disorders. Because drug abuse and addiction often occur with other mental illnesses, clients presenting with one condition should be assessed for others. Treatment should address every aspect of the client’s diagnosis.
Medically assisted detoxification is only the first stage of addiction treatment and by itself does little to change long-term drug abuse. Although medically assisted detoxification can safely manage the acute physical symptoms of withdrawal and, for some, can pave the way for effective long-term treatment. Detoxification alone is rarely sufficient to help addicted individuals achieve long term abstinence. Clients should be encouraged to continue drug treatment following detox. Motivated enhancement and incentive strategies, started at intake, can improve treatment engagement.
Treatment does not need to be voluntary to be effective. Sanctions or enticements from family, employment settings, and/or the criminal justice system can significantly increase treatment entry, retention rates and the ultimate success of drug treatment.
Clients must be monitored continuously for relapse during treatment. Knowing their behavior is being monitored can be a strong deterrent for clients who are not grounded in their recovery process.