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. Our therapy dog, Cooper, has also been known to visit clients in detox to provide comfort and a grounding, calming presence.
Signs that you need detox include:
Fatigue that isn’t relieved by sleeping well
Acne or itchy skin
White or yellow-coated tongue
Increased belly fat
As well as alcohol, there are a number of drug addictions that typically require detox, including addiction to:
Benzodiazepines (such as Valium®, Klonopin®, Xanax®, Ativan® and Librium®)
Prescription opioids (such as OxyContin®, Percocet®, Vicodin®, fentanyl, morphine, and codeine)
Medical, supervised detox is extremely important in the recovery process for a couple of reasons:
It will help you overcome painful withdrawal symptoms.
It will treat any co-occurring medical or psychiatric conditions you have (dual diagnosis).
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 it 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.
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.
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.
Animal-assisted therapy has been shown to be effective in treating addiction and mental health issues. Pet-assisted therapy draws on the connection between humans and animals for the sake of healing. Cooper is our therapy dog. He has been working at Clarity Way since June 2014. He sometimes visits our state-of-the-art alcohol and drug detox treatment facility to give unconditional love to those in the early stages of drug addiction treatment, who may feel lonely, anxious or unsure.
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
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. 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.
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:
Enlarged hearts from drinking
Addictions to multiple medications and/or substances
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:
Individual and group therapy
A fitness class
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.
Detox is often the first step in recovery. Staying sober usually requires follow-up treatment, such as:
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.