Detoxification is the process of removing toxic substances like alcohol and drugs from one’s body. This can be an extremely dangerous process, and should always be medically managed by a licensed physician. Defining Wellness Centers board-certified addictionologist and the team of licensed nurses carefully manage the withdrawal process in order to make it both safe and as comfortable as possible for our clients.
Purging substances from one’s system allow for the body and mind to begin healing. Typically detoxification takes 24-72 hours, though in some cases it may take longer. A person’s substances of use, frequency of use, age, underlying medical conditions, and overall health can directly impact detox. Our team of qualified medical professionals works closely with each client to monitor any and all withdrawal symptoms and treat them appropriately. Clients are cared for 24/7 by our on-site nursing staff.
Substances can create a wide range of effects including hallucinations, fever, chills, delirium tremens, seizures, vomiting, nausea and more. We support our clients as they withdrawal, providing a safe environment and managing symptoms as they navigate the early days of recovery. When detox is attempted outside of a secure, medical environment, individuals often relapse as the cravings and symptoms become too difficult to manage on their own. When detoxing in an inpatient detox center, clients have the support necessary to complete the withdrawal process in order to move forward in their wellness journey.
Dependence on substances occurs when a person uses alcohol or other drugs for an extended period of time. As a result of continued use a tolerance develops, leading the body and brain to require more substances to feel the effects once so easily reached. As the brain begins to adapt to a substance, it is essentially rewired and begins to function differently to adjust to the drugs or alcohol in one’s system.
As tolerance gives way to dependence, the body requires more and more of a drug to function normally. When the body’s cravings to a substance increase and aren’t fed, withdrawal symptoms begin. Headaches, fevers, nausea, vomiting and other side effects are prevalent when detoxing from most drugs.
Prior to admission at Defining Wellness Centers, we obtain as much information about our clients as possible, including their medical history and history of use. Our team is prepared in advance of arrival for any scenario and we begin inpatient detox upon intake with a medical assessment. Together we’ll create a plan that takes into consideration any previous experiences one has had, any mental health diagnoses, infectious diseases, and/or nutritional deficiencies.
Our board-certified addictionologist meets with each client to confirm the plan to keep them as safe and comfortable as possible. Clients are assigned a room and monitored around the clock by our experienced nursing team. We know that at this early stage of the process most of our clients require rest as they purge their bodies of substances, but for those feeling well enough to participate in daily treatment programming, they’re encouraged to do so.
Clients typically stay in detox for no more than a week before they fully begin participating in inpatient drug and alcohol treatment. If any lingering symptoms persist, our medical team is always available to treat clients. Sometimes psychological effects can linger, including insomnia, depression, and anxiety. Our team of licensed clinicians work with our physicians and nurses to address these ongoing symptoms therapeutically.
The team at Defining Wellness Centers helps clients in detox begin to manage their symptoms without the aid of medications. Clients are encouraged to engage in breathing exercises, eating a nutritious meal, finding relief through listening to music, or some other alternative to a medical approach. We have an on-site wellness lab, where we utilize cutting-edge technologies like biofeedback and bioregulation to aid in mitigating symptoms. As substances leave one’s system, emotions begin to run at a heightened level. For so long those abusing drugs and alcohol were able to numb themselves to their feelings, and when you take away the substances the emotions that arise can become overwhelming. There’s often a great deal of shame, fear, anger, and relief. Our clinical team doesn’t wait to begin addressing this – we do so from the time a client enters our program.
Imagine your arm or leg goes numb because of how your body is positioned – when you move and feeling begins to re-enter your limb, it starts to tingle and be almost painful. Multiply this tenfold and you begin to get a sense of what someone goes through when detoxing from substances. Physical and emotional symptoms begin to emerge and clients need support through that process. We encourage inpatient detox not only from a safety perspective but also from an emotional support standpoint.
If you think you or a loved one need detox please reach out. We’re here to listen and provide support as you or your loved one begin the healing process. Our knowledgeable admissions team will work with you to figure out what the next steps are and assist you with getting the process started. Wellness is a journey and it starts with taking care of your physical health. From there our experienced team is here to help the healing process, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
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