Most effective drug treatment programs have several distinct phases. The first phase is almost always medically monitored detox, where men and women are closely monitored as they undergo withdrawal. Individuals who have been abusing drugs or alcohol for any length of time are at risk of experiencing withdrawal symptoms when they stop using chemical substances abruptly. While most of the time these symptoms are not life-threatening (depending on the type of substance being abused and the severity of abuse), they are usually uncomfortable enough to lead to relapse when attempted in an at-home setting. Some people mistakenly believe that because their substance abuse disorder was not that severe, they can skip detox and go straight to inpatient or outpatient treatment. It is recommended that those who are serious about maintaining sobriety enter into a medical detox program for at least two to three days. Once they are medically cleared, they can transfer directly into a higher level of clinical care. If you have attempted to detox on your own and been unsuccessful, entering into a medical detox program is a great idea. However, it is important to know that there can be several roadblocks when it comes to entering into such a program. We have made a list of these potential roadblocks and included effective ways that you can overcome them.
Roadblocks to Medical Detox
- The age-old problem of “not enough beds.” Most state-run detox facilities fill up fast – so does the detox portion of most hospitals. If you have tried to enter into a state-run detox program beforehand, you might have been turned away and told, “Sorry, we don’t have any more beds.” One great way to avoid this roadblock is by finding a detox program that is privately owned and operated. Not only will this allow you instant access to quality clinical care, but you will be provided with more services than you would find otherwise. These services often include rehab placement, which can be extremely beneficial if you are looking to enter into the next appropriate level of clinical care once you have completed detox.
- Financial capability. Most people let the price of medical detox drive them away. It is important to consider the fact that active addiction is not only financially draining, but it robs you of the opportunity to thrive in any area of life. While it is true that medical detox is not always cheap, undergoing treatment pays for itself inevitably. It is also important to note that many reputable treatment centers and medical detox centers accept regional and national health insurance. At Intrepid Detox Residential we work with most major providers, making medical detox even more accessible. In some instances, we also offer financial assistance – simply reach out to us today for more detailed information.
- Fear of undergoing withdrawal. Sadly, many men and women who desperately need addiction treatment let the fear of undergoing withdrawal prevent them from entering into a medical detox program. However, the benefit of medical detox is providing a pain-free withdrawal and offering 24-hour access to professional medical care. While the prospect of experiencing a wide range of physical and psychological symptoms can be scary, it is also important to understand that the longer you go without seeking treatment, the worse the withdrawal symptoms will be when you finally do.
- Failure to admit that a problem even exists. One of the most difficult parts of the addiction recovery process is admitting to yourself and your loved ones that treatment is necessary. Addiction is a disease of denial, and we very often convince ourselves that nothing is wrong and that we can still stop at any point in time – even when this clearly isn’t the case. In order to overcome a substance abuse disorder, you will need to acknowledge the fact that your substance use has become a problem. Keep in mind that you don’t need to do this right away – all you really need to do is accept that the withdrawal process will be easier with a little bit of assistance.
- Personal obligations and responsibilities. Some people are the primary caretakers of one or more dependents, or they have high powered careers that they cannot easily step away from for days at a time. Sometimes personal obligations like these prevent people from seeking the help they need. If you give us a call, we will gladly help you develop a plan of action that takes these considerations into mind. At Intrepid Detox Residential we offer a flexible program of clinical care that can be modified to fit your personal needs.
If you have been struggling with a substance abuse disorder of any severity, medical detox is always necessary. You might feel as if you can successfully detox on your own, but serious and dangerous complications can occur even when the symptoms of withdrawal are not too severe. Men and women who attempt to detox in an at-home setting have a very low chance of maintaining sobriety for longer than several days. If you are serious about overcoming a substance abuse disorder long-term and finally going on to lead the life you deserve, Intrepid Detox Residential is available to help.
What to Expect From Medical Detox
What will the detox experience be like? Will you be situated in a luxury facility, wearing a fluffy white bathrobe and sipping on herbal tea? Will you be stuck on a hard cot in a prison-like room, shaking and sweating as doctors pass by the window with clipboards? Most medically monitored detox centers were carefully designed with client comfort in mind. At Intrepid Detox Residential, we provide our clients with an extremely comfortable luxury-style facility, which was decorated to facilitate healing. We offer a wide range of amenities and services, including private and semi-private bedrooms, around-the-clock access to an incredible (and fully stocked) kitchen, chef-prepared meals and expansive common areas where clients can relax and mingle. There’s really nothing to be scared of or apprehensive about. Reputable detox centers focus on providing a completely pain-free withdrawal experience. You might not be feeling your best, but we do everything in our power to ensure that you are not feeling your worst. Most of the time, the symptoms of withdrawal are not as severe as people might think. They generally subside within a few days, and they can mostly be treated with a combination of non-narcotic pain relievers and a great amount of rest.
How Long Will Medical Detox Last?
The length of your stay in medical detox depends heavily on what type of substance or substances you were actively abusing, how long your active addiction lasted and whether or not there are any underlying issues present (physical or psychological in nature). Most detox experiences last for between three and five days. However, if chemical substances like alcohol or benzodiazepines were being abused, detox might last for between one and two weeks. You will be released from the detox program and admitted to the next appropriate level of care once withdrawal symptoms have predominantly subsided.
Intrepid Detox Residential – Begin Your Personal Recovery Journey
Don’t let a fear of the unknown prevent you from living the life you deserve. Men and women who struggle with drug addiction or alcoholism often lose sight of how “normal” life can be. Their day-to-day lives are completely consumed by substance use, and normalcy flies out the window completely – out of sight, out of mind. In order to regain the sense of normalcy, you must simply take the first step – reach out for help and admit yourself to a medical detox program. For more information on our program of recovery or to begin your personal journey of healing, reach out to us today.