Personalized Detox Treatment for Ventura and Los Angeles Residents
Following addiction treatment, the first step on the road to recovery will be detox treatment. The process involves removing the addictive substances from the patient’s body, stabilizing their system, and dealing with the more complex effects of drug and alcohol withdrawal.
Such a process consists of the following three stages:
- Evaluation is the first stage of the Detox Treatment Process. Stabilization is a second stage and critical part of the detoxification process.
- Transition Into treatment is the final stage of getting ready for recovery.
Evaluation is the first stage of the Detox Treatment Process.
Detox treatment begins by evaluating the patient to determine the next action plan or the type of treatment required. In this first step, we test the patient to see exactly what substances and how much of each substance is still present in their system. By doing so, our team can develop a specific plan to treat the problem, address the side effects of the substances in question, and figure out the patient’s current health status.
When evaluating someone looking to go into drug and alcohol addiction treatment, each person is different, and how their body handles the substance(s) is different. Each rehab center is different in its evaluation process, as well. Considering both of these (the addict looking to go into rehab and recovery and the rehab center), the main steps in the evaluative process would be to determine the duration and intensity the addict was using drugs and/or drinking alcohol. If it was highly intense and prolonged, then the rehab and detoxification process would be more long-term. If it was not as intense and for a shorter, brief period, the rehab and detoxification process would be slightly shorter (considered more short-term). Again, each individual is different, and through a thorough evaluation, the rehab center would work to tailor the treatment process to the individual’s detoxification and rehabilitation needs.
Stabilization is a second stage and key part of the detoxification process.
Once the treating physicians and professionals understand what they are dealing with, they focus on addressing the effects of withdrawal. They will have to determine whether the best course of action is to:
• Cut off intake immediately; or,
• Slowly wean them off the intake, which involves carefully alleviating the consequences of withdrawal, gently guiding the patient through them, and treating them the way they conclude is most appropriate for the case in question. The treating team manages the patient’s expectations through this stage, ensuring that they retain a positive yet realistic idea of the outcome.
In substance abuse treatment, regardless of whether the patient’s intake is cut off immediately or gradually, the withdrawal symptoms are, more often than not, going to be intense. The most common withdrawal symptoms for most drugs when an addict stops using include sweats and nausea. When someone detoxes from a drug and alcohol addiction, another common withdrawal symptom is delirium tremens. Without the help of a medical professional, and if these are not treated right away, they can evolve quickly into seizures and possibly death. When these symptoms come up, the patient would most certainly need more long-term rehab treatment and detoxification treatment.
Transition Into treatment is the final stage of getting ready for recovery.
The detoxification process addresses the physiological consequences of addiction. Each drug has specific side effects. The most common physiological side effects are increased heart rate and blood pressure when taking drugs of any sort. The last stage of the detoxification process consists of preparing the patient for the next few steps to recovery. Meanwhile, a rehabilitation program will treat the psychological side of dependency. The treating team makes sure that the patient understands what the treatment will consist of and that they ultimately agree to continue the recovery process.
We look forward to going on the recovery journey with you very soon!