Drug & Alcohol Detox Program

Drug and alcohol detoxification aims to heal your body and mind, so you’re physically and mentally ready to begin the work of recovery. Our medical team provides discreet, safe medically monitored detox in a comfortable, state-of-the-art facility. You’ll work with a board-certified addiction medicine physician, nurses and therapists, who help ease any physical withdrawal symptoms and emotional distress during detox.

How to Know If You Need Drug or Alcohol Detox

You don’t have to be addicted to drugs or alcohol to need detox. If the substance use is affecting your life in negative ways, a detox program can help you.

There are many signs that indicate you may need detox, including:

  • Moodiness when not using the substance
  • Cravings for the substance
  • Fatigue that isn’t relieved by sleeping well
  • Insomnia
  • Acne or itchy skin
  • White or yellow-coated tongue
  • Bad teeth
  • Increased belly fat
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Excess sweating
  • Fluid retention
  • Congested sinuses
  • Friends and family asking you to stop using drugs or alcohol

Drugs That Typically Require Detox

As well as alcohol, there are a number of drug addictions that typically require detox, including addiction to:

Why Supervised Medical Detox Is Important

Medical, supervised detox is extremely important in the recovery process for a couple of reasons:

  1. It will help you overcome painful withdrawal symptoms.
  2. It will treat any co-occurring medical or psychiatric conditions you have (dual diagnosis).

You may feel you have the strength to detox on your own, but that can be very dangerous and sometimes fatal. Detoxing at home often results in relapse. 

Detox is the process of ridding your body of toxic substances. It can be painful and difficult. In some cases (such as with alcohol withdrawal), the process can also be life-threatening. For this reason, detoxing without medical supervision is risky.
People who detox without medical supervision have a higher risk of unsuccessful detox, making them less likely to try detoxing again.

Supervised medical detox is a crucial step in addiction treatment. Before entering an inpatient or outpatient program, patients will detox first. This is because it is easier to receive treatment in these programs without an unpleasant withdrawal experience.

Relying on sheer willpower alone and going cold-turkey can be dangerous. Without supervision, drug addicts trying to quit may experience tremors or signs of brain damage, such as seizures and delirium.

Methods of Treatment at Clarity Way

Clarity Way uses a number of methods in our alcohol and drug detox program. We offer:

Medicine to Assist a Drug or Alcohol Detox

During medically monitored detox, a specialized team of physicians, nurses, and therapists offer 24-hour detoxification services. The following research-backed medications may be used:

  • Benzodiazepines, antidepressants, and anti-anxiety medication – These medications are useful for the treatment of alcohol use disorder (AUD) and cocaine addiction. Librium is a benzodiazepine we commonly use for alcohol addiction.
  • Opioids and non-opioid agonists – Certain opioids, like methadone, can help treat heroin withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Suboxone® and Vivitrol® are used for opioid disorders. Non-opioid agonists, such as clonidine, can also help suppress opioid withdrawal.

Alternative Approaches in Drug and Alcohol Detox

We also employ a number of alternative treatments when performing drug detox or alcohol detox, including:

These treatments ease withdrawal symptoms like insomnia, anxiety, muscle tension, and aches.

How Long Detox Lasts

There are a number of factors that determine how long a medically assisted detox will last. These factors include:

  • Duration of addiction
  • Severity of addiction
  • Whether alcohol or drugs were used
  • Which type of drug was used
  • Use of more than one drug
  • Physical health
  • Mental health
  • Weight
  • Age

Generally speaking, alcohol or drug withdrawal symptoms can last anywhere between a few days and a few weeks. The first 48 hours of detoxing are when drug addicts and alcoholics experience the most acute withdrawal symptoms. Most drug addiction and alcohol addiction withdrawal symptoms will go away after two weeks. Others are gone in a few days, depending on the substance that was used. Your detox should last as long as your physical withdrawal symptoms are present. It’s important to continue with other treatments after detox because psychological withdrawal symptoms like cravings and depression can last longer than physical symptoms.

The Detox Process at Clarity Way

Before arriving at Clarity Way, our medical director carefully assesses each client’s situation to determine the best course of care. Our main goal is to make sure that detox is as comfortable and safe as possible. Whether your detox journey involves taper schedules or medically assisted therapy, you and your loved ones can rest assured that we aim to make the whole process safe and as comfortable as possible.

On the initial day of arrival, you will meet the team in charge of your treatment. The first few days of detoxing will aim to treat your most acute withdrawal symptoms. After that, the detox process will become a lot easier. Our trained and skilled team will be with you every step of the way. Our medical director is a highly credentialed, Board-certified addiction medicine physician who is a sought-after national speaker on addiction topics.

We’re skilled in treating clients with specialized treatment needs, including:

  • PICC lines
  • Enlarged hearts from drinking
  • Methadone addiction
  • Addictions to multiple medications and/or substances
  • Polypharmacy issues
  • Pain-management issues and painkiller addiction
  • Infections, disabilities, diabetes or co-occurring mental health disorders

During a typical day of treatment, you can expect activities such as:

  • Morning meditation
  • Individual and group therapy
  • A fitness class
  • Education
  • A support group meeting (centered around 12-step programs or 12-step alternatives)

Insurance for Alcohol Detox and Drug Detox

Clarity Way accepts a wide range of preferred provider organization (PPO) insurance plans. We will work closely with you to ensure you are aware of the costs involved. Get in touch with us, so we can help you navigate insurance and payment options.

Treatment After Drug Detox or Alcohol Detox

Detox is often the first step in recovery. Staying sober usually requires follow-up treatment, such as:

  • Inpatient programs
  • Outpatient treatment programs
  • Intensive outpatient programs
  • Therapy or counseling
  • Support groups, like 12-step programs or 12-step alternatives

At Clarity Way, we will discuss these options with you and tailor a treatment plan that suits your needs. We’re determined to find the most effective strategy for individuals who want to stay sober and live long, healthy, fulfilling lives.

Editorial Staff

Written by

Editorial Staff

Krisi Herron

Medically Reviewed by

Krisi Herron, LCDC

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