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STARTING STRONG: Medical Detoxification for Drug and Alcohol Addictions

MEDICAL DETOX FOR DRUG & ALCOHOL WITHDRAWAL PRIOR TO TREATMENT

 

Depending on which types of drugs a patient may be abusing, and to what degree he or she is abusing them, a brief initial period of medical detoxification may be required prior to entering a residential, inpatient or outpatient drug & alcohol rehab program. The purpose of detox is to safely and effectively ween the body from its physical dependence on the substance.

With certain drugs, mainly those within the opioid or opiate class, or commonly referred to as prescription painkillers (i.e. heroin, hydrocodone/Vicodin, oxycodone/Percocet, Morphine, Demerol, Dilaudid, etc.), the initial detoxification process involves certain therapies, such as Suboxone or Subutex, which can serve to dramatically lessen the often unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. However with other drug classes, generally alcohol and benzodiazepines (i.e., Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, etc.), the detox process is actually far more important and can pose potentially fatal consequences if not done correctly, while under the care of a trained, licensed physician.

When considering residential, inpatient or outpatient addiction treatment, including PHP and IOP, it is very important to examine the level of medical detoxification services provided by such facilities. In some cases, a typical residential or PHP treatment program may offer the option for medical detox while being an actual “treatment” client rather than a “detox” client. Yet in other cases, depending on the rehab program and their policies, they may require that the patient complete the detox process elsewhere while under the care of more qualified medical staff. Much of it has to do with their policies as well as the client’s specific situation.

Illuminate Recovery Center works very closely within a specialty network of medical detox providers. The purpose in doing so is to best ensure safety and efficacy. We know, through many years of expertise within all aspects of substance abuse treatment, that a proper detoxification process can actually better situate a patient for long-term success in their own personal sobriety. When it comes to detox from drug or alcohol addictions, how you start the process can be hugely critical, and thus we cut NO corners in this regard!

Illuminate Recovery Center strives to completely change the paradigm for addiction recovery services throughout the State of Arizona. From intervention to medical detox, to inpatient & outpatient treatment (PHP and IOP), and on through the entire aftercare and long-term client support process, we believe that “this” attempt at sobriety can be the “last” attempt when done correctly! This is YOUR time to create a whole new path for success, in more ways than one, and Illuminate Recovery Center is right here with you every step of the way…

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