Acute Inpatient Detoxification
At Sobriety Resources we offer acute inpatient detoxification. This is the most intense and highest level of detoxification care available. Patients admitted to this level of care are highly addicted to drugs or alcohol and have recently, many times within the last 24 hours, abused the substance to which they are addicted too. It is common for the patient to still be under the influence when entering our facility. Many patients often begin to experience withdrawal and are suffering from severe symptoms prior to intake. In cases like these our medically managed program is the safest approach. Patients in this first stage of recovery need full access to the continuum of behavioral health care that we can provide. In addition they often need around the clock monitoring to properly address the severe withdrawal symptoms and to administer prescribed medications in order to aid the body in detoxification.
The Detox Process
The Detoxification process includes three steps. The initial step is evaluation and takes place upon arrival to the facility. The patient will be drug tested to see what substances and amounts are currently circulating in their bloodstream. A staff member will briefly asses the patient for underlying factors that have influenced their addiction, such as a dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorder. After this initial assessment the clinician will be able to provide feedback to the long-term therapist and help jumpstart the patient’s recovery.
The second step in the detoxification process is stabilization. This is where the patient is guided through the physical process of detoxification. This step will vary for each individual patient and depends on what type of substance is being abused. Certain substances require the use of medication during detox. Medication may be mitigated for comfort measures and this will depend on the policies of the treatment center. Other times, medication is required to keep the patient from becoming critically ill during the withdrawal process.
The third step in the detoxification process is guidance. This final step is crucial on the road to long term sobriety. Guiding the patient into a treatment program will ensure they receive the comprehensive care plan they need to become sober. Typically, a drug detoxification program does not complexly address the initiators of addiction. Even if a quick assessment was provided, there is not time set aside to explore the social factors or complex behavioral issues that often times lead to addiction. This is why it is extremely important for an individual to continue on after detox so they can get to the root of why they use substances to mask underlying issues.