It is common for people to consider treatment as the first step in recovery from alcohol or drug use. Yet, contrary to this notion, typically, one step must be taken before treatment can effectively begin: detoxification (detox). This is the process of removing remnants of substance use from the body, and this process must be completed to ensure that an individual enters treatment with the best chance of securing lasting sobriety and recovery. Understanding the necessity of detox services, such as when and why they are used, is critical for establishing and sustaining healing from alcohol and drug addiction.
We at CCM provide concierge services to link individuals with the appropriate intervention, treatment, and ancillary services to enable healing from mental health disorders, substance use disorder (SUD), and other forms of crisis. Those seeking healing from substance abuse will most often require participation in detox services before treatment, as this process ensures safe and comfortable withdrawal from alcohol and drug use. In addition to connecting clients with detox services, we can also help clients transition into long-term treatment programs to foster lasting sobriety in recovery.
What Are Detox Services?
According to the publication Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), detoxification is defined as “a set of interventions aimed at managing acute intoxication and withdrawal. It denotes a clearing of toxins from the body of thewho is acutely intoxicated and/or dependent on substances of abuse.” Moreover, the primary goal of detox services is to reduce the intensity of withdrawal symptoms and, in turn, ensure that a client is physically stable and secure as they establish initial sobriety.
Detoxification is a broad process with three stages: evaluation, stabilization, and fostering the client’s entry to treatment. The first stage, evaluation, evaluates the client through a comprehensive assessment of their symptoms, diagnoses, and life circumstances. In addition, clients are also tested for the presence of alcohol and other drugs in the bloodstream. This information not only helps the medical staff administer the appropriate medications during detox services but also serves as the basis for the client’s initial treatment plan following detox.
The next stage, stabilization, is the process of actively assisting the client through withdrawal until they achieve a medically stable, substance-free state. Oftentimes, this involves administrating medications to clients to ensure they are as comfortable as possible throughout the detoxification process. Stabilization also involves familiarizing the client with what to expect, pertaining to treatment, following detox services.
The last stage, fostering the client’s entry to treatment, involves preparing the client to enter an addiction treatment “by stressing the importance of following through with the complete substance abuse treatment continuum of care,” as stated by the aforementioned publication. Individuals with behavioral patterns of completing detox services and not following through with treatment may be encouraged to sign a written treatment contract. Though not legally binding, a treatment contract can help hold clients accountable to commit to participation in a long-term treatment program for the sake of establishing sobriety and recovery.
Although detoxification is a well-established process, clients can expect to experience compassion and understanding from staff members throughout the entire process. Empathy and respect from professionals will help clients trust their guidance and recognize that the professionals they are working with truly want their clients to establish and sustain lasting recovery.
How Detox Services Assist Withdrawal
Individuals who use alcohol and other drugs repeatedly are at risk of experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms are characterized as unpleasant physical reactions that may result from slowing or ceasing alcohol and drug use. Certainly, there are also mental and emotional effects of withdrawal; however, these effects are addressed in a long-term treatment program whereas physical withdrawal symptoms must be addressed in detox.
According to the publication titled Clinical Guidelines for Withdrawal Management and Treatment of Drug Dependence in Closed Settings by the World Health Organization (WHO), “Withdrawal symptoms vary according to the drug of dependence and severity of dependence, but often include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, anxiety and insomnia.” Yet, withdrawing from certain substances, like alcohol, can pose severe complications and life-threatening symptoms, such as seizures, dangerous fluctuations in body temperature and blood pressure, and extreme dehydration.
Thus, detox services assist withdrawal by providing 24/7 medical and psychological support to clients attempting to cease alcohol and drug use. Alongside medication, behavior management strategies may also be used to help address disruptive or distressing behavior that clients may exhibit. Detox services not only prevent worsening harm that may result from withdrawal but also provide a stable and secure environment, free from triggers that may otherwise inform relapse.
Connecting Clients to Recovery Services With CCM
One of the most challenging parts of beginning participation in treatment for alcohol and drug use is identifying the most appropriate treatment facility. At CCM, we remove this challenge by connecting individuals and families with detox, intervention, treatment, and ancillary services that fit their unique needs and recovery goals. We recognize the value of holistic approaches to care, which is why we provide holistic behavioral health solutions to clients across the entire continuum of care. No matter the crisis at hand, we have the professional support and guidance that clients need to successfully establish and maintain sobriety for a lifetime to come.
More often than not, recovery from alcohol and drug addiction begins with detox services. These services provide medical and psychological support to individuals experiencing withdrawal symptoms from ceasing substance use. As withdrawal symptoms can pose complications and can occasionally be life-threatening, detox ensures that clients are safe, comfortable, and medically stable as they establish sobriety. Detox also ensures that clients remain on the path of recovery following detox by connecting them with a long-term treatment program. At CCM, we provide concierge services to a wide range of individuals and families seeking healing from mental health disorders, substance abuse, and other types of crises. Learn more about how we can help you by calling (855) 467-3226 today.