What is medically monitored detox?
Medically monitored detox is the most medically intensive level of care in addiction treatment. Patients are in their most vulnerable state and risk for complications during this time due to the risk of severe withdrawal symptoms. For this reason, patients are monitored 24-hours a day while undergoing medically monitored detox. Detox is the process of medically monitoring and managing medications to treat the acute physical symptoms of withdrawal after a patient discontinues using drugs and/or alcohol in the safety of a 24-hour medical facility. For a substance abuse treatment center to be licensed and certified to perform medically monitored detox, which is the first step in the rehabilitation process, the center must have a licensed and practicing physician overseeing medical protocols. Additionally, our medical director oversees all day-to-day medical protocols at Daylight Recovery Center. Our team of licensed nurses and clinicians follow each custom treatment plan created for each patient’s specific needs.
Is medically monitored detox necessary?
Yes. Medically monitored detox is the safest way to remove all drugs, alcohol and toxins from an individual’s body. While many people think it’s feasible to quit “cold turkey”, it’s very risky to attempt this. This is because the severity of withdrawal symptoms varies from individual to individual, in addition to being extremely unpredictable. Withdrawal symptoms vary among patients due to a variety of factors. The type of drugs and/or alcohol consumed, frequency/dosages of substances used, and the duration of active addiction will all play a role in how long the detox process will take. Essentially, when a patient is undergoing a medically monitored detox, the patient is clearing toxins from the body that have caused a physical dependency to the substances the patient used. Like smoking, once a person’s body becomes physically dependent on a substance (in this case nicotine), it can be an unpleasant progress to achieve smoking cessation. Drug or alcohol cessation is much more difficult to achieve and comes with the risk of complications. That is why it’s in a patient’s best interest to undergo a medically monitored detox under the safety and security of 24-hour medical supervision in a licensed and accredited treatment facility.
How bad are withdrawal symptoms?
As mentioned earlier, withdrawal symptoms will range from individual to individual. Regardless of the severity, anyone who has ever experience them will tell you it is not a pleasant process. Thankfully, when one elects medically monitored detox, they will receive medications to help offset any temporary feelings of discomfort. Signs of withdrawal can include shaking, chills, nausea, vomiting, strong cravings for the abused substance and even seizures. Due to the potential severity of withdrawal symptoms, the compassionate team at Daylight Recovery Center implements evidence-based medically monitored detox standards. This means patients will be monitored 24-hours a day, with some needing vital checks as frequently as every 15 minutes. Patient safety and comfort are paramount at Daylight Recovery Center, and this is achieved through diligently monitoring our patients during their most vulnerable time.
Some patients will need medications to offset the severity of withdrawal symptoms, specifically, patients that are at risk for seizures due to the substances they were using. These medications are only given on a short-term basis to help the patient get through the detoxification process as comfortably as possible based on specific needs. Many people think that there is a set time frame to complete medically monitored detox, but that simply is false. Medically monitored detox can last anywhere from three to ten days, however, there are many cases where patients require over two weeks to fully rid all toxins from their systems. The length of time the detox process will take is based upon medical necessity.
I’ve completed medically monitored detox, what’s next?
Once a patient has successfully completed a medically monitored detox, the next level of care is residential treatment. Many people are tempted to go home immediately after completing detox because they feel much better. A word of caution to those who think this. Although many patients report feeling better than they have felt in years post detox, the risk for relapse is exceedingly high if they do not transition to the next step of the recovery process. Bear in mind that medically monitored detox is the process of removing all toxins from the body that are causing a physical dependency to a substance. Simply removing the toxins does not address the root cause of the substance abuse – it’s relieving the physical dependency.
For individuals serious about achieving recovery, addressing the underlying issues and triggers that contributed to the cycle of addiction is a necessary part of the recovery journey. Furthermore, upon completing a medically monitored detox program, an individual is at a greater risk of a deadly overdose should they use again. This is because the tolerance that was built prior to treatment is no longer there after the detoxification process is completed. Remaining in treatment in a residential program will provide the tools and knowledge needed to overcome potential setbacks. A large part of the recovery process is learning about relapse prevention tactics which are taught at the residential level of care. Transitioning to residential level of care immediately after completing medically monitored detox, will not only keep newly sober patients in a safe and secure environment, it will prepare them to address any issues they face in healthy ways that do not involve drugs or alcohol as coping mechanisms.
At Daylight Recovery Center, we provide a warm and compassionate environment designed specifically for patient comfort and safety during the medically monitored detox process. We look forward to providing an environment that feels like your home-away-from-home during treatment. All meals are prepared from scratch by our onsite culinary chef. Each room has its own private bathroom and each bed comes equipped with its own flat screen TV. Exercise and gaming equipment are available to use at your convenience. If you prefer a calmer, quiet setting, feel free to curl up and read a book from our large collection or gaze upon our 450-gallon saltwater fish tank. One thing is for certain, when you choose Daylight Recovery, you’re choosing a nationally-recognized substance abuse treatment center that helps countless people live a life free from addiction. Call today! 888-708-2602