Any time someone is recovering from an addiction, it’s a multi-step process. Since their bodies have become dependent on the presence of a drug, the first course of action is to clear their system of the substance they’ve been abusing. This process is known as detoxification, and the more serious the addiction, the more important this is to recovery. Years ago, detox often took the form of shutting an addicted individual away from his drug of choice - a "cold turkey" approach.
Today, a more humane and medically sound philosophy is the rule, we place detoxing individuals under close supervision and prescribe medications when necessary to relieve anxiety or prevent seizures. We offer both social detox and medical detox.
Social Model DetoxSocial Detox is the process of withdrawing use of the relevant substance(s) under the supervision and management of qualified personnel - without the use of medication - by using relevant nutrition, passage of time, mental and physical excercise (sports). People who undergo social model detox treatment come away with valuable information. The focus on education and therapy doesn’t just allow them to withdraw from the drug, but it also prepares them for a drug-free future. In fact, social model detox is known for its lasting results. Patients are able to build healthy coping mechanisms to keep them from turning to drugs again.
Medical Model DetoxMedical Detox is the use of medication to safely manage the acute physical effects of withdrawal. Medical detox is indicated when withdrawal effects are judged to be potentially dangerous to the client, whether because of the severity of withdrawal or because of secondary or co-existing health conditions. There is a threshold beyond which safety to the client supersedes all other concerns, and it is mainly determined by the amount of alcohol or drugs consumed on a chronic basis as well as the length of time the dependency has been established. The more critical the physical dependency, the greater the risk of withdrawal effects posing physical danger to the client.
The stages of detox can vary, but it generally takes between 14 to 30 days to eradicate physical withdrawal effects using social detox and 7 to 14 days using medical detox.
It’s never safe to attempt to detox without some sort of supervision. There can be unexpected effects and difficult decisions to face. Without that supervision/support it’s easy to fall into relapse or fail to stop using in the first place. If you or a family member is fighting addiction, don’t hesitate to ask for help.