Detox: What happens during an alcohol or drug detox?
The goal is to address and manage the physical withdrawals immediately and safely and encourage follow up treatment. During the first seven days, the withdrawals are the most pronounced and dangerous, if not managed properly.
It is critical to seek professional medical advice to determine whether or not detox should be conducted under medical supervision or at home. Detoxing from alcohol and benzodiazepines can lead to death, if not managed medically. While, detoxing from other drugs can be uncomfortable, but not deadly, and may not need to be monitored medically. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is available to ease the physical withdrawals, lesson the tremors, prevent the highs and cravings, or will make you sick if you consume alcohol.
Come to our outpatient clinic at 79 North Clinton Avenue (just next to the RTS Bus Terminal) during walk-in hours, Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 12:00pm.
Substance abuse evaluations can be conducted at any open access walk-in clinic or through a referral to an addiction treatment provider. Hospital emergency departments can make referrals. The evaluation is an information intake process that is necessary to assess the extent and level of addition, determine an individualized treatment plan and provide guidance on how to enroll into a program and pay for it. The evaluation process is broken down into two steps: screening and assessment.
The window of opportunity, from the time an individual is really ready to take the step towards seeking treatment is typically very short and needs to be capitalized upon immediately. Programs are opening up more and more since the Covid-19 pandemic, and today there are hybrid models with both virtual telehealth visits and in-person sessions available. Group peer sessions have also resumed.
Whether the recommendation is for a residential in-patient or out-patient treatment, being connecting with people and family members who are also challenged with addiction and want to change behaviors regarding mental and physical addictions is crucial to recovery. Addiction evaluators can make warm connections to peers in recovery and local recovery programs.
After the withdrawal process, other factors of the addiction are explored, specifically what are the triggers, how they incite using, and a game plan to manage them. Mental health care is often a part of the recommended treatment plan.
After 30 days of being clean, cognitive changes begin to occur as the brain begins to repair pathways that were impaired with chronic and acute substance abuse. The brain fog begins to lift, the ability to rationalize comes back and memory improves. With alcohol, sometime there is permanent brain damage, depending on how much was consumed, for how long and how detox process went.