The first step to a formal addiction rehab program is often drug and alcohol detoxification, also known as simply “detox.” This form of treatment isn’t necessary for every type of substance a person can be addicted to, but it’s an indispensable step for anyone with a strong addiction to alcohol, hard drugs, and certain prescription drugs.
The detoxing process generally takes anywhere from 5-10 days, depending on the caregiver or treatment center. There are actually multiple levels of detox services, as well. Some are closely monitored, while others aren’t. Some offer medicine to help the individual come down for their substance of choice, while others focus on alternative ways of helping the patient heal.
For effective treatment, detox is required to overcome addiction to any of the following commonly abused substances:
- Cocaine and crack
- Prescription drugs
- Opioid painkillers (such as OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, fentanyl and even methadone)
- Benzodiazepines (such as Valium, Klonopin, Xanax, and Ativan)
- MDMA (aka ecstasy or Molly)
Drug and alcohol detox helps flush the toxins of a harmful substance from the body. Many rehab centers also help the individual manage his or her withdrawal symptoms, as the detox period can often be painful and discomforting. After detox, the individual can move on to formal residential care (at the same facility, in many cases) or even outpatient treatment.
Let’s take a look at the most common levels of drug and alcohol detox.
The most basic, flexible form of detox is ambulatory detoxification. This can have some on-site monitoring and can be delivered by a treatment facility, or it can take place at someone’s home or in a health care clinic. Patients undergoing this form of detox usually make daily trips for monitoring, but they aren’t at risk for acute withdrawal symptoms and they require very little medical supervision. However, those requiring more clinical monitoring are usually overseen by nurses.
Non-Medical Residential Detox
An inpatient or residential detoxification program can be non-medical in nature. While nurses and other trained staff are available for 24-hour monitoring and supervision at a designated facility, the amount of direct care is minimal and the risk of acute withdrawal symptoms is also minimal.
Clinically Managed Residential Detox
Clinically managed residential detox takes place in more of a social setting (meaning less medically supervised), but it still involves a highly experienced staff and a 24-hour inpatient setting.
Medically Supervised Detox
The highest level is medically monitored detoxification (med detox). This is typically reserved for patients at risk of having severe withdrawal symptoms and who require much more medical supervision and even the administration of medication. This type of residential detox is often done in a hospital or similar clinical setting with an appropriately trained medical staff.
How We Help You Find and Get Covered for Detox Services
Addiction Treatment Services is dedicated to helping you find the appropriate level of detox services for your needs. When you approach us for help with finding an addiction treatment program, we’ll start with a complimentary review of your health insurance benefits. If you or a loved one is addicted to a substance that generally requires detox, we’ll keep that in mind as we help you search for a rehab program that works with your insurance plan.
We’ll do everything we can to get as much of your treatment covered by insurance as possible. That might mean you’ll undergo detox at a separate facility than your residential or outpatient program. Even so, we’ll only direct you to treatment providers that work with your insurance policy and that meet a level of care we deem is acceptable for your recovery needs.
With Addiction Treatment Services, you’ll get expert guidance in the search for a rehab program that’s affordable, optimally located, effective and reputable. No matter where you’re located in the U.S., get the ball rolling today on detox and rehab center services for yourself or a loved one by calling Addiction Treatment Services at the number below.