Your Guide to Inpatient Detox Centers
Inpatient detox centers provide medical supervision to addicts who want to break their physical and mental dependence on alcohol or drugs. Inpatient detox usually ranges from five to fourteen days for alcohol abuse, but the specific length of the detox program is dependent on the type and severity of the substance abuse. Inpatient centers carefully guide a patient through the detoxification process and help manage the initial withdrawal symptoms.
Is Inpatient Care Necessary?
Not all addicts require inpatient care to detox. However, under some circumstances, inpatient care during detoxification is highly recommended. Alcoholics should strongly consider inpatient care if they have suicidal tendencies. People who have a disruptive or unstable job or home environment may also benefit from inpatient care. Alcoholics should also consider inpatient care if they have or could develop the following:
- Delirium tremens
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
Drug addicts should also be screened to determine if inpatient detox is necessary. Withdrawal from some drugs can cause serious depression or paranoid psychosis, which can be life-threatening. Detoxing cold turkey can also be uncomfortable; medical intervention at an inpatient center can reduce discomfort. For opioid addicts, an inpatient center can provide a substitute opiate to decrease cravings and increases the chance of a successful detox. Inpatient centers also provide drug addicts a supportive, substance-free environment to begin the recovery process.
Benefits of Inpatient Detoxification
Even if inpatient care is not strictly necessary, there are significant advantages to enrolling in an inpatient detoxification program. Addicts receiving inpatient care are under 24-hour medical supervision, which allows for a quick intervention if complications arise during detox. Inpatient detox also eliminates the chance that addicts will encounter an opportunity to use drugs or alcohol during their stay. Residential detox also lets patients separate themselves from their substance-using environment while they work on the first steps towards sobriety.
Opioid addicts can also discuss the benefits of rapid detox at an inpatient facility. Rapid detox uses medication to hasten the detoxification process while the patient is under sedation. To discuss private inpatient detoxification programs, call 1-888-509-8965 .
Picking a Detox Center
With millions of people seeking help for addiction each year, there are many detox centers that offer medical treatment. When choosing a center, the program must cater to the addict's specific type of substance abuse. Some patients may enter detox when they are addicted to more than one substance. Others may have mental illness that contributed to their addiction. Addiction may also present with medical complications, both related and unrelated to substance abuse, that may need special medical care. During the assessment process, any potential obstacles to the detox process should be carefully discussed with the patient. Centers without the medical personnel or treatment facilities to address certain challenges should refer patients to another facility.
"Potential patients should be aware that not all detox centers offer all available courses of treatment."Potential patients should be aware that not all detox centers offer all available courses of treatment. If you want a medication-assisted detox from drugs or a rapid detox from opioids, you should discuss these expectations early. Patients should also consider the location of their detox center. Local centers may be better at helping patients coordinate with self-help groups and outpatient treatment options in the area.
The detox center you choose should also help you organize the rest of your treatment. Detox alone will not cure addiction, but most patients are more willing to attend a treatment program after finishing withdrawal. To find an inpatient detox center and to discuss long-term treatment options, talk to us on our 24-hour hotline at 1-888-509-8965 .
What to Look for in a Program:
In 2016, data were collected by Recovery Brands asking patients that were leaving an addiction recovery center what clinic aspects they saw as the most important things to look for when examining treatment. The most important consideration was the facility's financial policies, such as payment options, financial support, and insurance accepted. They also reported valuing program offerings (facility housing, comforts, food, etc.) a lot more after finishing treatment. Individuals considering treatment should examine a program's financial options as well as clinic offerings to help them make their program decision.
Life after Detox
Detoxing from drugs or alcohol is only a single step in the process of recovery and is not a full treatment plan. Some addicts may complete the process of detoxing, but then they return to abusing drugs or alcohol once they have finished their detox and return home. In a 2012 study conducted by the University of California, Los Angeles Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, researchers found that meth users who had undergone detox without additional treatment were just as likely as untreated addicts to be using meth after three months.
Drug and Alcohol Detox Methods
Entering a long-term inpatient rehabilitation program can help break this cycle of detoxification and relapse. Addicts who do not want to enter inpatient rehabilitation can opt for outpatient detox programs, self-help groups and outpatient counseling instead.
There is also evidence that longer treatment programs after detoxification increase the chance that the patient will avoid further substance abuse. In one study, published in the November 2008 issue of The Journal of the Medical Association, researchers found that opioid-addicted adolescents had a better chance of staying sober when they received a full 12 weeks of treatment and medication therapy, compared to a short-term detox combined with the same medication. The study also found that 70 percent of the patients in the long-term program finished the full 12 weeks of treatment, but only 21 percent of the short-term detox group remained in treatment for 12 weeks.
For some addicts, detox makes them even more vulnerable to overdosing if they do not maintain sobriety. Most opium overdose deaths, for example, occur after an addict has completed withdrawal and detoxification. To find out about private inpatient detox centers as well as exclusive long-term inpatient rehabilitation, call 1-888-509-8965 today.