One of the very first things individuals must do in addiction treatment is detox. Drug or alcohol detox is the departure of substances from the body and is done simply by refraining from using. The body self-detoxes, but it doesn’t mean that it is necessarily safe to do without professional aid. Detoxing from chemicals, especially those that have developed an addiction, can be dangerous. Substances that should receive a medically guided detox due to increased risk include:
Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Detox at Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services
Our goal is to make our patients’ detox as comfortable and effective as possible. We want to give our patients the best chance of success on their addiction recovery journey, and we know that journey starts with the outpatient detox service. Upon enrolling into the detox program, detox specialists will:
- Complete an initial assessment of medical history and drug usage
- Prescribe helpful detoxification medications
- Determine individualized medication regimen
- Monitor prescription medication doses
- Offer medical consultation
- Prepare individuals to finalize detox and move to the next treatment step
When the body no longer recognizes the chemical it has grown a dependence for, it experiences symptoms of withdrawal. Withdrawal happens because an addicted body is accustomed to the drug, so when it is removed, opposite symptoms occur as a result. This means that if a substance caused euphoric symptoms during use, a likely withdrawal symptom during detox would be depressive moods. Receiving detox services from professionals allows withdrawal symptoms to be monitored and treated so the process is as smooth and pain-free as possible. Each substance produces different effects, so each withdrawal brings different symptoms. Some patients may experience many side effects while others experience few, it is different case to case. This is one of the reasons that it is important to have a drug or alcohol detox specialist monitor the detox process since medications can be added or removed from a medication regimen to help with specific withdrawal symptoms. Common withdrawal symptoms include:
- Mood swings
- Muscle pain
- Loss of focus
- Increased heart rate
- Tightened chest
- Trouble breathing
- Heart attack
Naltrexone Compressed Opiate Detoxification
The opiate epidemic is affecting every corner of America. Detoxing from opiates traditionally is painful and time-consuming. Often times, patients with an addiction to opiates relapse in early recovery due to detox difficulties. Alternative methods of detoxing, rather than just waiting for withdrawal to pass, are available for individuals who have had trouble detoxing from opiates in the past. Naltrexone is a medication proven to help those with an opiate addiction detox safely, effectively, and more comfortably within an outpatient program. For patients detoxing and placed on a medication placement program, we also offer buprenorphine as a method for controlling withdrawal symptoms. Whatever you are addicted to, our addiction detox program can help you begin your recovery journey with helpful medications and a team of support.
Benefits of Outpatient Drug or Alcohol Detox Services
Choosing an outpatient detox service offers all the advantages of medical detox without the cons of a residential detox plan. This means that while you are receiving medical detox, you can continue with daily responsibilities like schooling, work, or family. Additionally, you won’t be left to detox yourself. Your detox will be monitored daily so that you can be assured everything is going to plan. Also, detoxing from home means that if there were any complications, you wouldn’t have an addiction professional to help. Our outpatient detox services provide medical assistance when needed. Since detoxing can be dangerous, it is best to do it under the supervision of addiction specialists that understand effects of medications as they relate to detox.
Each day, patients at Diablo receive their medications to aid in detox as well as access to supportive and therapeutic services. Our staff is always available to assist patients in navigating the emotional and physical stages of detox at Diablo. Every patient is treated as a priority and care is taken to address all of the symptoms of withdrawal to ensure the most comfortable detox process possible. The specific treatment plan we develop varies for each client and is entirely based on meeting all of their physical, emotional, and mental needs throughout the process. Detox is traditionally viewed as an uncomfortable process done in an institutional setting. At Diablo Valley, we do things differently. Clients who choose to detox at Diablo Valley benefit from the highest-quality medical care by licensed and experienced professionals with the comfort of being allowed to stay in their own homes and maintain a connection to their everyday lives. If you’re ready to begin a medically-supervised, safe, and comfortable detox that meets your needs, call 925-289-1430 today to get started.