Addiction home detox service
What happens in an outpatient program for alcohol detox?:
A three day TCI outpatient program is provided as an alternative to inpatient and self detox methods. The overall condition of the patient must first be determined by a specialist, in order to select the most suitable method of detoxification. TCI outpatient detoxification begins by replenishing the vitamins and minerals in the patient’s system lost during alcohol consumption. Patients in this program are provided with the medication necessary to relax the body, and overcome basic withdrawal symptoms.
The patient will be receive regular check ups throughout this process to ensure the effectiveness of the medication. Afterwards, they may be discharged into the care of a friend or family member. However, it’s vitally important that they return for further monitoring over the next couple of days, in order to prevent relapse and ensure a successful recovery.
Does the alcohol detox have any risks or side-effects?:
Patients are closely monitored over the course of the procedure in order to combat withdrawal. Patients in the outpatient program are provided with medication to help deal with these symptoms. While the procedure is safe, there are a few manageable risks and side-effects associated with outpatient recovery.
Discomfort: It is very common for a patient to experience significant physical discomfort during the process. However, this is something that can be eased with medication.
Seizures: Seizures during detoxification are uncommon, but not unheard of. Rest assured that all our staff in the outpatient facilities are trained to respond to this situation, and anti-seizure medication can be administered if necessary.
Implant reaction: A Naltraxone implant is temporarily administered to the patient under the skin as part of the procedure to provide craving relief. It works by blocking the opiate receptors necessary to achieve the pleasurable effects of consuming alcohol. Some few patients may experience irritation around the area of the implant, which can result in a minor infection. However, this is easily treated with antibiotics.
If you suffer from addiction, you are not alone:
According to research by the charity Action on Addiction, one in three people struggle with some form of addiction in their lifetime. Addiction is defined as the continuation of a behavior, or excessive use of a substance, deemed pleasurable despite detrimental physical or psychological consequences.
There are various different kinds of thing it is possible to be addicted to, including commonly known substances like alcohol, drugs, and nicotine, as well as behaviors such as gambling. Here are some of the other different kinds of things that people have been known to become addicted to:
Work: Some people become addicted to their busy work schedule. They may take on, or be unable to refuse additional workloads, while neglecting their social lives and forgetting to take time for rest and recuperation. Such people are known colloquially as ‘workaholics’. People addicted to working may cause themselves harm over time, as the physical symptoms of prolonged stress build up.
Internet: In comparison to other more classical sources of addiction, the internet is relatively new. Since its inception, the internet has become a larger and larger part of people’s daily lives, with everybody using computers and carrying a phone in their pocket capable of browsing the web. Things like social media alerts prompt us to continually check up on our internet profiles, reinforcing the compulsion. People dealing with internet addiction may neglect other aspects of their lives, such as exercise or social interaction, and may physically isolate themselves as a result.
Solvents: Substances such as glue, aerosols, petrol, or even some kinds of marker pen. People become intoxicated by solvents, typically by inhaling the fumes. Solvent abuse is extremely dangerous, and can result in death or lasting physical harm.
Shopping: Many of our day-to-day behaviors induce a dopamine response in the brain. This is also true for shopping, particularly items bought for enjoyment rather than need. Shopping addiction results in sufferers buying things such as clothes or other expensive purchases for the resulting ‘buzz’. This then causes feelings of guilt and shame at the unnecessary extravagance, but like other forms of addiction, can be extremely difficult to break free from.
Prescription drug addiction: Some prescription medications can cause addiction if their use is mismanaged. This generally includes pain medication, especially opiates such as morphine or codeine. Addiction to prescribed pain medication may take the form of psychosomatic (imagined) pain that compels the user to continue taking the prescribed drug under the belief that it is still needed. Other prescribed drugs with potential for addiction include ADHD medications such as adderall. The reason for its potential addictiveness is that it is made up of two stimulant drugs: amphetamines and dextroamphetamines, similar to meth. If you are going through a course of medication, and are worried about addiction to prescribed drugs, discuss the possibility of weaning yourself off it with your doctor, and ask if prescription drug detox is right for you.
What is the cause of addiction?:
Addiction can have many underlying causes, depending on the individual and what it is they have become addicted to. In the case of chemically addictive substances like nicotine, sugar and some drugs, the body and brain become balanced against the substance’s presence. The absence of this substance then results in withdrawal. Substances with an intoxicating effect like drugs, alcohol and solvents can form repetitive behavior patterns as the user pursues this effect.
Over time, especially with frequent use, tolerance builds up, requiring larger doses to reach the desired state. This compounds the repetitive behavior associated with forming addiction. Similarly, gambling and other activity-based addictions result from the dopamine rush associated with them. Some people are also more genetically predisposed to addictive tendencies, while others may learn these behaviors without realising.
How can addiction affect me?:
Any form of addiction can negatively affect your life. Pursuit of the fix becomes a larger priority, causing social life, work, family and personal goals to be neglected. Addiction to alcohol and drugs especially can be incredibly physically harmful, and even fatal. The trauma of struggling with addiction affects not only the addict, but their loved ones too.
Research suggests that genetic predisposition can often play a role in addictive tendencies. However, this does not mean that anyone is ‘safe’ from addiction. Environmental factors such as easy availability, or use within social circles can affect this behavior. People also become addicted as a result of using intoxicating substances as a coping mechanism to deal with personal difficulties such as emotional trauma, unemployment, or poverty.
How do I get help?:
Regardless of the type of addiction, there are a variety of options for getting help and treatment, such as counselling and support groups, as well as rehabilitation and detoxification services. We have online directories available for anyone seeking treatment options:
•Alcohol addiction services
•Drug addiction services
Is detox suitable for me?:
Detox is the best form of treatment for many kinds of substance addiction, and is usually the first step in rehabilitation. There are some forms of detox suitable for those with any kind of substance dependency.
What does ‘substance dependency’ mean?:
Substance dependency is when the body and brain become acclimated to the presence of certain chemicals in their system, to the point that their removal throws everything out of balance, resulting in physical and mental discomfort. This is an extremely common occurrence with things like nicotine, caffeine and sugar. Hangovers are a short term example of this, as the brain’s withdrawal from the alcohol contributes to the feelings of pain and nausea. Dependency is not limited to these substances, however, and almost any intoxicant or drug has the potential to be used in a dependent manner.
Those most at risk of withdrawal symptoms and health issues are those without a support network at home. It is these people who require a professionally supervised detox in order to minimize risk of relapse. Fully assisted medical detox is suitable for people who have been dependent on the following substances:
• Drugs such as barbiturates or benzodiazepines
• Opiates such as heroin, morphine and fentanyl.
There are many negative symptoms associated with trying to break dependency on these substances, which can be fatal if not properly managed. Other substances, such as marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy produce more emotional or psychological withdrawal symptoms such as depression, headaches, irritability, insomnia and social isolation. For these, medical detox may not be necessary, as a social drug detox program would be more suitable. Patients undergoing prescription drug detox should consult a specialist about particular withdrawal effects.
How long will a detox take?
Unfortunately, there is no set answer to this question. How long detoxification takes depends on a variety of factors specific to the individual. It could be hours for some, and weeks for others. Factors that affect detox time include:
• The abused substance.
• The quantity in the patient’s system.
• Duration of the use.
• The existence of any poly-substance abuse.
• The detox setting
• The motivation of patient
• Number of previous detox attempts
• The overall health of the patient
The average length of a detox is around eight days or less. Some substances require more time, such as methadone or buprenorphine. In these cases, the patient must undergo a slower detox that will take a lot longer in order to work effectively.
What does ‘detox’ even mean?:
Short for detoxification, it is defined as the process of removing toxins from the body. When someone addicted to a substance undergoes detox, they are made to metabolize any drugs or alcohol in their system, and flush the body of toxins. The basic goals of a detox program are as follows:
• Clearing and removing the unwanted substance from the body in a safe manner.
• Dealing with the symptoms of substance withdrawal.
• Providing support for the individual undergoing treatment until the substance is completely removed.
Types of detox:
• Medically assisted detox (‘restorative’) detox – Performed under the care of trained medical and psychological experts. This helps maintain solace and security for patients dealing with the side-effects and therapeutic difficulties stemming from stopping their substance use. Medication can be used when necessary to facilitate this procedure and lessen the strong urge to relapse associated with the early stages of rehabilitation.
• Clinically managed (‘social’) detox – This style of detoxification is a non-medicinal procedure based in the here and now. Some social detox programs occur at home, while others use more involved approaches, such as peer support, or expert assistance. These can take the form of group sessions, one-on-one therapy, or workshops and social activities.
The best option depends on the substance being abused, the present level of physical dependency, and the desire/need of the patient to utilize or not utilize medicinally based methods. Some drug detoxes may have withdrawal symptoms that are almost as potentially dangerous as alcohol withdrawal, such as opiates.
There are three stages of detox according to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. These are as follows:
1. Evaluation, which consists of:
• Urine, breath or blood tests to ascertain the presence of the substance in the patient’s system.
• Mental evaluation
• A check up to determine and evaluate health issues.
After these three steps, specialists then select the method best suited to the patient.
A large portion of the treatment consists of stabilization. This process of acclimatization goes hand-in-hand with detoxification, to provide the patient with medical and psychological support.
3. Developing willingness for further treatment:
After the patient is stabilized, the doctor will then help them prepare to undergo further treatment to rid themselves of addiction. Withdrawal symptoms won’t instantly fade, so staff help to build the patient’s willingness to proceed with further treatment and recovery.
Who should definitely seek medical detox?:
Alcoholics are generally advised to undergo detox before they attempt going to a rehabilitation clinic. However, our team will assess patients to determine if home detox is an advisable form of treatment. Withdrawal symptoms, such as seizures, delirium and hallucination can be very dangerous and even fatal. Anyone liable to exhibit intense withdrawal symptoms should not risk home detox. Our Serenity rehab team will provide support and suitable medication to mitigate the effects of withdrawal.
What exactly is alcohol detox?:
Detox, short for detoxification, is the process of removing substance toxins from the body. Performing a home detox will still result in withdrawal symptoms, and alcohol-dependent patients especially will face potentially fatal symptoms compared to other addicts. Consult your doctor or addiction specialist to determine whether a home detox program is suitable for you.
Are there different types of medical detox?:
Patients at Steps+ home detox have two options available: Outpatient and Inpatient. As with home detox, a doctor or specialist won’t prescribe outpatient detox unless they are certain the patient can handle it. Inpatients stay at Serenity’s staggering center, with therapeutic staff accessible at all times. We can also provide suitable medication, such as anti-seizure medication, and beta-blockers to lower the heart rate, manage anxiety and reduce cravings.
To be clear, alcohol detox is not a cure for addiction. It’s a way of getting the alcohol out of your body, so that you may begin the rehabilitation process. It’s a good idea to undergo a full alcohol recovery program to prevent relapse and allow you to get on with your life.
At these programs, you’ll receive direction and a broad range of options. These include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), 12 stages, craftsmanship treatment and more, to give you the necessary emotional and psychological framework for managing your addiction.
Is community detoxification right for me?:
The community detox program is offered to those addicted to benzodiazepines, methadone, or Z-type drugs. It is also suitable for those who want a home detox, but still need some additional support. Community based detoxification programs are suitable for those with the following conditions:
• The patient has tried home detox before.
• The patient wants to meet less people, or is concerned about the entry requirements for residential facilities.
• It is a good option for anyone with children, work, or career commitments.
• Patients who want treatment from the key workers who are already treating them.
Getting started on community detoxification:
To learn more about the community detox program, patients can arrange a meeting with one of our service members, known as key workers. A key worker is any fully trained person from any drug or alcohol services. Their responsibility is to support you throughout your community detox process. They will help you pinpoint your main triggers, and provide teaching about harm reduction, how to cope with the possibility of relapse, and what to do if it should happen. The services of a key worker are free of charge, however there are counselling prices that differ depending on the service provided. Some counselling options are low priced, and others are priced depending on the patient’s affordability.
Are additional services useful?:
Community detox is only part of the recovery process. Patients will always have the option to make use of other services according to their requirements, and what is available. Patients who use additional services generally have a much quicker recovery than those who don’t. Remember, just because you’ve completed the detoxification process doesn’t mean you have to face your addiction alone.
Can I recover without professional treatment?
While there are some addicts who manage to recover without specialist help, this is rare and can be extremely difficult. Attempting to detox at home without the say-so of your doctor or specialist can have dangerous consequences, such as relapse or potentially fatal withdrawal symptoms. If you, or someone you know struggles with addiction, you should seek professional assistance immediately.
What does professional treatment involve?:
There is a significant difference between professional detox programs and what someone might attempt at home. Our staff are trained to provide the patient with comfort and stability, making sure that they are safe in every treatment. Professional staff can also prescribe appropriate medication to help manage withdrawal effects.
Patients at our rehab centers are provided with a range of facilities designed to aid their recovery. These include:
• 12 stages recovery program.
• Talking therapies and help becoming self-sufficient.
• Complete treatment with constant professional supervision.
• Support for relapse prevention.
• One-to-one and group therapy.
• Full counselling, and information for families.
• Complete follow up services.
How do I prevent relapse?
Relapse is defined as the patient starting to use drugs again after a successful recovery. Our after care facilities help prevent this. Approximately 40-60% of people start using substances again after recovering from addiction, and this can be influenced by a number of factors:
• Easy availability of drugs/alcohol.
• Loss of a job and/or relationship.
• Increased stress.
• Low or no support from family or friends.
Are there alternative relapse prevention methods?:
Although professional relapse prevention techniques are a highly suggested coping method, there are other ways to fight relapse. Another successful method is to engage in productive activities, such as writing, art, sports or volunteer work. Productive activities help to keep the former patient too busy to think about taking drugs. This is very important, because it can help you return to the feeling of a normal life. However, this will only work with time and effort.
Though there are various ways to prevent someone from relapsing, it is important for the patient and their family to take full advantage of the after-care facilities we provide. All of our rehab centers provide many sessions for relapse prevention. Patients should join these to minimize the risk of once again falling prey to their addiction.