For some instances of drug and alcohol detox, the only way to safely make it through the initial withdrawal phase is going through a medical detox. Of course, there are home detox methods, but these can actually end up being unsafe if you don’t take the proper preparation, or if you don’t have the proper medical clearance.
If you’re considering undergoing a drug and alcohol detox it’s important to examine every option at your disposal. Undergoing detox is a big step on your path to sobriety and it’s not a decision you should make lightly.
Below we highlight the differences between medical detox and DIY methods, cover the medical detox process, and illuminate some of the common costs of a medical detox.
Medical Detox vs. DIY Detox
The two main methods you’ll come across in your search for a detox treatment are medical detox and DIY methods, such as conducting a detox at home, and a natural detox. The most effective treatment method for you will depend on the severity of your drug addiction and the substance you’re addicted to.
In some cases detoxing from drugs like alcohol and heroin can be incredibly taxing on the body, and can lead to dangerous withdrawal symptoms, such as:
- increased heart rate
In some cases, you may experience dangerous withdrawal symptoms like delirium tremens. This can lead to hallucinations, confusion, and a high risk of heart attack or stroke. Without the proper medical staff helping you get through the detox process and initial withdrawal you could incur lasting negative health effects.
The Medical Detox Process
The medical detox process utilizes safe, standardized, and scientifically tested methods to help alleviate the initial withdrawal symptoms, so you can move forward with the rest of your treatment program in the safest manner possible.
1. Initial Evaluation
The initial evaluation will take note of any present or past drug addictions, as well as, any pre-existing conditions that might be causing your addiction in the first place. This knowledge will help to direct your initial detox and the continued treatment.
2. Necessary Medications During Detox
In some cases, the use of medication during the detox will be absolutely necessary to ensure you make it through the initial withdrawal phase with your health intact. During the medical detox nutritional care is also included in order to assist with the detox.
3. Continued Treatment and Assessment
Once the initial withdrawal phase has passed, it’s common for most people to go through some form of continued treatment. This will help to ensure you receive the necessary counseling and life skills training to help to transition into a life of sobriety.
The Costs of a Medical Detox
The cost of a medical detox will vary widely depending on the level of treatment required and which medications you’ll need throughout your stay. A good benchmark figure would be estimating spending between $250-500 per day for a medical detox. The longer you stay at the facility the more expensive your stay will be.
However, there are ways to lower the cost of a medical detox, including:
- Health insurance
- Assistance from the treatment centers themselves
- Government assistance
- Tax deductions
Depending on your insurance coverage you might be able to offset a significant portion of the costs. It’s recommended to call your health insurance provider to get an estimate for how much of the medical detox they’ll pay for. Like we mentioned above, some treatment facilities will offer their own financial assistance programs to ensure everyone has access to the treatment they require.
When thinking about the total cost of a medical detox program it might seem expensive. However, when evaluating the costs just think about what’s at stake, your health and your life. Without the assistance of a medical detox you may never be able to fully recover from your drug or alcohol addiction. What’s a newly sober life worth to you?
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