If you struggle with a substance use disorder, the first step to taking back control of your life is to stop using drugs and alcohol altogether. Although this is often much easier said than done, medical detox can make the process safer and smoother. Under the care of experienced professionals, you can slowly break your dependence, work through withdrawal, and begin a rehabilitation program.
The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake is a full-service facility in Palmer Lake, Colorado, that specializes in treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, along with co-occurring disorders. Starting with medical detox, our facility provides a full continuum of care, including inpatient, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and outpatient programs. With successful medical detox and comprehensive care, a rehabilitation program can lead you or a loved one toward a life of lasting sobriety.
What Is Medical Detox?
Medical detoxification is the first step in most drug or alcohol rehabilitation programs. More commonly known as medical detox, this process is crucial to success in recovery. When you’re dependent on a substance, your body has to compensate for the constant presence of that substance. But once you stop taking it, your body may have a difficult time adjusting back to normal functioning. This can cause a variety of unpleasant — and potentially life-threatening — side effects called withdrawal. While withdrawal symptoms typically last between five and ten days, the detox process can be longer or shorter depending on the type and length of substance use and your individual body chemistry.
Who Needs Medical Detox?
For most clients at The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake, medical detox is the first step in any rehabilitation program. However, not everyone has to undergo medical detox to begin treatment. This process is only necessary for those with physical addictions who are at risk of damaging their health if they detox without medical supervision. The use of certain substances increases the risk of physical addiction and potentially dangerous withdrawal symptoms.
It can be difficult to stay accountable outside a formal rehab program — especially while experiencing withdrawal symptoms. That’s why medical detox is useful for any client who wants to detox away from the people, places and pressures that influenced their addiction. Professionals at The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake can help you stay motivated and focused on your goals before, during and after withdrawal side effects.
What to Expect During Medical Detox
At The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake, we know that everyone’s struggle with drug and alcohol addiction is different. To accommodate these differences, medical professionals at our center conduct a thorough evaluation to customize medical detox treatment plans to meet each client’s unique needs.
This initial screening may include some or all of the following evaluations:
- Drug and alcohol screening
- Medical assessment
- Psychological assessment
- Co-occurring disorders evaluation
- Risk assessment
- Social assessment
Once this evaluation is complete, clients begin the medical detox process in the comfort of our Colorado detox center. Cravings and withdrawal side effects may take anywhere from a few hours to a few days to set in, and typically last between five and ten days. These physical and psychological side effects may range from mild — such as headaches, irritability, sweating and nausea — to severe, including heart palpitations, seizures, insomnia, tremors and hallucinations.
It’s important to keep in mind that the detox process can vary widely in length and intensity depending on the specific substances used, the length of addiction, individual body chemistry, family history and co-occurring conditions. This is what makes medical supervision so critical. Even if you do begin to experience life-threatening side effects, trained physicians and clinicians are nearby to stabilize you, administer detox medications when necessary, and keep you as comfortable as possible.
After detox, you’ll likely enter into a full-time residential treatment or partial hospitalization program. There, you can reflect on the factors that influenced your substance use and learn the skills necessary to live in sobriety. If your addiction is relatively recent and mild, our clinicians may recommend that you move directly down to more flexible outpatient care.
Getting Started with Individualized Colorado Medical Detox
Detox may be difficult, but the benefits of this short period of discomfort can last a lifetime. Undergoing this process in a medically supervised environment like The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake can dramatically improve your sense of well-being and comfort during the process. More importantly, it keeps you close to trained physicians and clinicians who can help you successfully work through potentially dangerous side effects, should any arise.
With gorgeous mountain and lake views, compassionate addiction specialists, evidence-based treatments and healing amenities, The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake sets the stage for hope and recovery. Call to speak to an intake coordinator today to take the first step toward healing.
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