Detox Programs

Personalized drug and alcohol detox programs are the foundation for achieving significant and lifelong sobriety.  We implement medically supervised detox for clients continuing treatment at We Level Up New Jersey and those transitioning to other programs or seeking detoxification independently. 

Although detox is the initial step of recovery, you need to know that detoxification alone does not address the psychological, social, and behavioral problems correlated with addiction and therefore does not typically produce lasting behavioral changes necessary for recovery.  According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a formal assessment and referral should thus follow detoxification to substance addiction treatment.  [1]

Alcohol and Drug Detox Programs

The primary step in overcoming an addiction is admitting that there is an addiction problem.  Next is to safely detox from the substances abused and allow the brain and body to recover.  Detox (including Luxury Detox Program) from the following substances all require specific medical expertise:

Detox Programs 
Detoxification is to help the clients refrain from misusing or abusing substances until all traces of it have left their system.

A comprehensive evaluation is given during the detox programs within the first 24-48 hours of arrival.  This assessment process includes:

  • Extensive History and Physical Evaluation
  • Biological/Psychological/Social Evaluation
  • Family Evaluation
  • Nursing Evaluation
  • Dietary Evaluation
  • Psychological Testing as Indicated
  • Recreational Evaluation
  • Alcohol or Drug Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory

Many explore the help of professional detox programs before or at the start of longer-term substance use treatment programs.  Detoxification is a good option for significant physical dependency associated with different substance use disorders and alcoholism.  For example, when someone with an alcoholism or substance use disorder ceases drinking or using certain drugs, they may experience uncomfortable or dangerous withdrawal symptoms.  Detox center professionals can help relieve these symptoms and get clients through detox as safely and comfortably as possible to reduce the risk of relapse and promote the transition into ongoing addiction treatment such as inpatient treatment, residential care, or intensive outpatient program.

Detoxification

Detoxification is a set of interventions intended to manage acute intoxication and withdrawal.  In other words, it is a process of clearing toxins from the client’s body who is severely intoxicated and dependent on abused substances.  In addition, detoxification seeks to depreciate the physical harm caused by the abuse of substances.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration  [2],  detoxification is an overall process with three essential components that may take place concurrently or as a series of steps:

I. Evaluation

Evaluation entails testing for the presence of substances of abuse in the bloodstream, measuring their concentration, and screening for co­occurring mental and physical conditions.  The assessment also incorporates a comprehensive evaluation of the client’s medical and psychological needs and social situation to help determine the appropriate level of treatment following detoxification.  Essentially, the assessment serves as the basis for the initial substance abuse treatment plan once the client has successfully withdrawn.

II. Stabilization

It covers the medical and psychosocial processes of assisting the client through acute intoxication and withdrawal to accomplish a medically stable, fully supported substance ­free state.  This is often done with the assistance of medications, though no prescription is used in some approaches to detoxification.  Stabilization includes familiarizing clients with what to expect in the treatment levels of care and their role in treatment and recovery.  During this time, practitioners also seek the client’s family, employers, and other significant people when appropriate and with confidentiality release.

III. Fostering A Client’s Entry Into Treatment

Promoting the client’s entry into treatment involves preparing the client for entry into substance abuse treatment by stressing the importance of following through with the complete substance abuse treatment continuum of care.  For clients who have presented a pattern of completing detoxification services and then failing to engage in substance abuse treatment, a written treatment contract may encourage entrance into a substance abuse treatment and care continuum.  This contract, which is not legally binding, is voluntarily signed by clients when they are stable enough to do so at the beginning of treatment.  In it, the client agrees to engage in a continuing care plan, with details and contacts established before the completion of detox programs.

All three components (evaluation, stabilization, and fostering a patient’s entry into treatment) involve treating the client with compassion and understanding.  Clients undergoing detoxification need to know that someone cares about them respects them as individuals and has hope for their future.  In addition, actions taken during detoxification will demonstrate to the client that the provider’s recommendations can be trusted and followed.  To emphasize, detoxification does not constitute substance abuse treatment but is one part of a continuum of care for substance­ related disorders.  Detoxification can occur in a wide variety of settings and at several intensity levels within these settings.  Therefore, placement should be appropriate to the client’s needs.

Detox Programs 
The first step to getting clean is detoxification.

Drug Detox Programs 

When the substance is no longer being provided to the body, the brain sends distress signals, and people experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms until the substance has entirely left the body.  Once the brain re-wires to not need drugs to work, the withdrawal symptoms subside, and the emotional, psychological work begins.  Depending on the addiction’s length and severity, this process can take anywhere from 3-14 days.

Common Drug Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Sweating
  • Excessive yawning
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Runny nose
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Muscle aches
  • Watery eyes
  • Hunger
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures
  • Tremors

Alcohol Detox Programs

Alcohol detox should not be administered lightly because the withdrawal may involve a lоt оf аgоnу аnd раіn.  For instance, that if detox is done without medical detox supervision, the untrеаtеd аnd unmanaged ѕуmрtоmѕ саn bе lіfе-thrеаtеnіng.  To emphasize, the treatment process should not be hurried as each person’s symptoms subside at their rate because other complications may arise that need to be addressed.  Generally, inpatient comfortable alcohol detox ranges from 3-7 days before transition into the next level of care.

Severe Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms That Require Medical Assistance

  • Seizures
  • Physical tremors
  • Alcohol cravings
  • Hallucinations
  • Increased agitation and anxiety
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Mood swings
  • Fever, sweating, and extreme headaches
  • Increased heartbeat
  • Delirium tremens

We Level Up New Jersey Detox Programs

Alcohol and drug detox can be dangerous, mainly if it is done without the help of a professional. Withdrawal symptoms that may afflict the detoxing client are hazardous and fatal;  shaking, confusion, high blood pressure, fever, and hallucinations are common symptoms.

Detox Programs
We Level Up New Jersey Detox Programs

For anyone who suffers from addiction, just the thought of having to stop using can cause severe mental distress.  But, with the help of a medical detox center, the medical detox process is managed.  In addition, a comprehensive team prescribing medications can alleviate your withdrawal pains while monitoring your health 24 hours.  We are assuring both your safety and comfort.

At We Level Up NJ, our thorough approach to rehabilitation supports several levels of care to ensure the best possible outcome for every patient who enters our doors.  From an intensive and more supportive atmosphere for those in the early days of recovery to a comfortable residential-style living dynamic upon completion of detox, we are here to help guide you down the safe and results-based path to your sobriety.

To start reclaiming your life from addiction and undergo comfortable detox programs, you may contact us, and we will guide you to recovery.

Sources:

[1] Types of Treatment Programs – National Institute on Drug Abuse
[2] Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration