Drug & Alcohol Medication-Assisted Detox Treatment in SF Bay Area
What Is Detox and Why Do I Need It?
The first step in the rehabilitation process is detoxing, so your body can remove the drugs or alcohol from itself. This induces what’s known as a withdrawal, in which the body acclimates to not having drugs or alcohol in its system.
Detox is imperative to drug treatment success and provides a firm foundation on which long-term sobriety can be built and developed. Without proper professional implementation, detox can be dangerous, and in some cases fatal.
Under clinical supervision, you will be monitored during withdrawal, brought back to a more stable state, and when ready, will be sent to the next stage which ideally is a structured treatment program.
The user’s experience in detox will depend on many things, such as what kind of substance they are flushing, and how long they’ve been using it. With all of these factors considered, detox can take a few days, a few weeks, or a few months.
Medication is often used to help curb certain physical aspects of detox, but they do not completely eliminate them. We do our best to provide a safe, clean, and comfortable atmosphere for a new patient to come in and detox, as they take the first necessary step of their journey towards sobriety.
Medical detoxification’s aim is to safely manage the distressing physical symptoms associated with cessation of drug use. It’s only the first stage of addiction treatment, and by itself, it does not change thoughts and behaviors, but it’s a major step on the road to continued abstinence and for some, a highly beneficial preparation for ongoing drug or alcohol addiction treatment.
Enjoy a better life after drugs—detox is the first step to living addiction-free.
WARNING: Detoxing without proper medical supervision can be fatal. Attempting to flush your system of drugs or alcohol yourself can lead to serious health consequences, and you run the risk of relapsing under the severe strain to your body and mind. If you’re serious about quitting drugs and alcohol, please work with a medical professional.
What is a Detox Process at The Bay Area Addiction Detox Center?
Each year, in the United States alone, 10% of the population over 12 years of age seek treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, and this number is only rising—at an alarming rate.
Couple this with the fact that addiction is one of the most misunderstood human phenomenon known to the behavioral science world. We’re learning more and more every day, and people are doing their best to educate not only those suffering from addiction, but those who are uneducated about addiction itself, and its consequences.
Addiction is a disease that manifests itself in the mind and body of a person who becomes physically and psychologically dependent on substance, or the chemicals that substance induces. Over time, the addict or alcoholic ingests more and more of it to keep up with the body’s demand, and it starts to adjust to the chemical imbalances The chemicals then become as necessary for regular body functions.
Eventually, the damage done to the body gets exponentially worse as the drugs eat away at its vital organs (think liver disease associated with alcoholism or heart disease related to street heroin use), central nervous system (such as damage done by methamphetamine), and mental functions. But it becomes so ingrained as part of the person’s system, that to take it away has grave consequences.
When an addict or alcoholic decides to be rid of their substance of choice, the body reacts in a way that it would if you were to deprive it of food or water. This is what leads to withdrawal, and all of the unpleasantness associated with it.
Withdrawal symptoms vary in their severity, and this is dependent on what substance is being purged, but what determines the severity, even more, is the amount of time they’ve been in the body’s system. A heroin addict who has been on drugs for a month will suffer far less than an alcoholic who has been drinking every day for ten years.
This means that sometimes the withdrawal process can be slightly uncomfortable, but overall manageable, and sometimes it can be extremely painful and life-threatening. A medical evaluation is necessary to determine this, and a detox center (like ours) is the best choice when seeking treatment for withdrawal.
Detox centers keep the addict safe from medical complications associated with withdrawal by monitoring them and helping to alleviate the discomfort through a variety of treatments. This also helps stop the chances of relapse, by keeping them contained and correctively sedated.
As always, the detox process will vary on the individual, so a comprehensive program that is matched to the needs of the patient is a top priority. Our detox treatment plans follow this ideology, that personal diagnosis and treatment are necessary to determine the best plan for the patient to provide the best care that helps long-term.
An Overview Of Our Detox Process
The First Step: Assessment
As stated previously, our number one focus is to give each and every one of our patients the detailed and individually designed plan that they deserve. They will meet with one of our intake counselors, for an initial assessment, to understand the needs of each case. This is a time for the counselor to get to know the client and vice versa.
The initial assessment is not only used as a way to diagnose the level of treatment necessary but for each party to get to know one another. For the counselor, this is the time to get to know the substance abuse history of the patient, and for the patient, this is time to adjust and get comfortable.
Most people going into detox and treatment feel uneasy, uncomfortable, and scared. It’s not an easy thing to do, and the thought of living without substance that’s taken hold of their body is a scary idea.
The assessment is a good time for the incoming patients to ask any questions, and for the counselor to reassure them, they’ve made the right choice.
Evaluations For Medical Issues, and Mental Health
The next step in the process after the initial assessment is a full medical and mental health evaluation. Our in-house medical professionals do this.
In order for us to create the best program for our clients, we will pull a number of things from their medical records such as:
- Physical health history
- Mental health history
- Nutritional and dietary history
This is done so we can not only better craft a treatment plan around the patient, but so we know of any possible health risks (like allergies to certain medications) associated with them.
After a clear picture of the client is made, the medical team will then get to work, putting together the best treatment plan possible for the customer based on all of the information.
Medically Supervised Detox Treatment Begins
Our number one priority is making the detox process as comfortable and as safe as possible for our patients. Getting off drugs and alcohol is really hard on the body, on top of all the damage already done by the years of abuse.
To do this, our team will analyze all of the information gleaned from the intake process, and decide what the best course of action will be for the patient. Then, once a plan has been put in place, the patient will be admitted to the treatment program.
During treatment, the staff will provide you with the safest and most effective medication, depending on your health analysis. In addition to this, our counselors will provide efficient modes of therapy (only when you’re mentally ready) to help start the process of actual addiction treatment.
We believe in a holistic method here at The Bay Area Addiction Detox Center; this means that when applicable, we use different types of approaches, to treat the whole person suffering from addiction. So we give our client’s the best chance at making it through detox, and eventually completing our outpatient treatment program.
Safe Transition into On-Going Addiction Recovery
Once detox is complete, it is not uncommon that the patient feels they are back to their best selves—because they are! Almost…
Detoxing off of drugs and alcohol revitalizes the body, and brings it back to a normal, and healthy state. What happens after detox is the most important aspect of a person’s recovery.
The biggest mistake an addict or alcoholic can make at this point is thinking that they are healed and that they can go back to their normal lives without any further treatment.
This is false, and all medical evidence backs this up.
The reborn addict’s chances of surviving in the real world without any treatment after detox are slim. It is at this critical moment that our team will help transition the patient into a long-term treatment plan.
With a better understanding of them from a medical point of view, but also an observational one as well, our team can better provide a view into what ongoing addiction treatment will look like for them.
The next phase will be crucial to their success, and we want to educate them as much as possible before that transition.
How We Can Help
At The Bay Area Addiction Detox Center, we treat a number of different addictions. Our patients go through a comprehensive detox program and then transitioned to a substance abuse recovery program. They are under care by qualified medical professionals, who are expertly trained to handle even the most severe types of addiction.
During the entire process, we work with each and every patient on an individual level, on not only their physical well-being but their mental health needs. Clients go through several evaluations and screenings, and we do our best to alleviate the physical cravings brought on by withdrawal, as well as any other mental issues such as suicidal thoughts and depression.
The measure of success in the addict’s life will be determined by their willingness to seek help and follow our programs all the way to the end. Getting sober is not easy, but we can help. To get back to their lives, without the chains of addiction holding them back, our patients need support and encouragement to fight their addiction. We provide the support; they supply an open mind and the desire to change.
Don’t Wait to Request More Information on Our Detox Treatment Program. Please contact us right away if you would like to speak with one of our addiction specialists confidentially.