PROVIDING A SAFE AND CARING HAVEN
“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.”
— RICHARD BRANSON
Detoxification, or detox, is the first step to becoming sober and is a critical element of recovery. Detox is not a form of treatment itself, but is very important as the initial phase in any client’s treatment plan. It is the period when all forms of drug or alcohol consumption stop, and the body rids itself of these substances.
During this time, an individual will likely experience withdrawal symptoms, which may include mild to severe physical and psychological effects. For some “users” detox can be a serious and dangerous period, which is why it is important that experienced professionals monitor and assist with detoxification in a safe and well-equipped environment.
SYMPTOMS DURING DETOX COULD INCLUDE SOME OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING:
- Headache or body aches
- Insomnia or problems with sleep
- Anxiety or nervousness
- Depression and suicidal tendencies
- Insomnia or sleep problems
- Nausea and vomiting
- Erratic blood pressure
- Heart palpitations
- Delirium Tremens (DTs), a life-threatening problem where you feel confused and on edge
HOW LONG IS DETOX?
We are often asked, “How long will it take me to detox?” The answer can vary depending on the individual, the substance(s) involved, and the severity of the substance or chemical dependency and abuse. Generally, the detox period is anywhere from three to 10 days, but can be longer in the case of certain substances. However long it takes, the goal is to free the individual’s system of addictive substances, medically stabilize and then transition the client into the treatment phase.
First, a phone screening of the individual is completed with a trained addiction counselor. The phone screening is important because sometimes the person’s circumstances require immediate attention. A phone call can be done at any time from almost anywhere–we are here 24/7 to take your call.
When is Assisted Detox a Necessity?
When an individual stops using, their body (and mind) will go through a withdrawal process—a period when the body reacts to the removal of the substance/s that it has become accustomed or adapted to…simply put, it has become dependent on the substance. Withdrawal symptoms can last for days or weeks, depending on the substance involved, and can be dangerous or even life-threatening.
In general, when a person has become dependent (needs to use in order to feel “normal”), chances are pretty good that detoxification is needed. Assisted detox is a process where a trained team oversees a person’s detox in a licensed facility, administers appropriate medication and provides 24-hour monitoring of the individual.
Detoxification is always advised if an individual’s safety may be in question during the detox period. This can be determined by doing a thorough medical history and examination. Detox is also recommended if the symptoms of withdrawal are so severe that a person is driven to keep using to alleviate the pain or severity of withdrawal symptoms.
IF YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY, CALL 911.
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AFTER THE SCREENING PROCESS
After the screening process and once the decision is made to bring the client into detox, the medical team will complete an exam to determine and predict what might be needed during the detox process. This can include blood work, review of the client’s medical history and other tests to check their physical and mental health. The team will also provide for any needed detox support, which may include the use of medication to manage and ease withdrawal symptoms.
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Detox at Asana Recovery
Asana Recovery’s detoxification services provide individuals the full-spectrum of care. With a staff of experienced medical professionals, Asana Recovery creates the safe environment needed to complete a successful detox. Asana Recovery Detox includes:
- Safe and secure environment
- Supervision by consulting physicians throughout detox
- Testing and continuous screening
- 24-Hour monitoring by trained and experienced staff
- Evidence-based withdrawal symptom care and management
- Prescription and non-prescription medication to support detox
- Alternative and non-traditional detox therapies