What Is Medical Detox?
For many people, medical detox is the first step toward achieving sobriety and beginning treatment. Medical detox is the process in which traces of any drugs or alcohol will be removed from the body. At Gay Men’s Institute, we may also manage the physical symptoms of withdrawal with evidence-based medications.
It’s important to note that detox outside of medical supervision can have potentially dangerous consequences. When your body is physically dependent on a substance, missing the usual dosage will cause imbalances that lead to withdrawal symptoms. Depending on the substance, these symptoms can be uncomfortable—even fatal—if they are not monitored and treated by a doctor as they occur.
At Gay Men’s Institute, we offer 24/7 medical supervision to dispense medications, monitor your vitals, and ensure your safety and comfort as you undergo the medical detoxification process.
Why Is Medical Detox Necessary?
Medical detox is a vital step towards recovery. Prolonged drug and alcohol use can cloud your judgment, and medical detox will allow you to begin residential treatment with a clear body and mind so you can begin healing physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Quitting an addictive substance can also lead to painful withdrawal symptoms or extreme discomfort. Alcohol withdrawal can be particularly dangerous. Symptoms can range from mild anxiety and shakiness to seizures and Delirium Tremens, which is a condition characterized by rapid heartbeat, fever, and confusion. That’s why it’s important to detox under close medical supervision. Having a team of licensed medical professionals can ensure a safe, healthy withdrawal and a smooth transition to residential treatment.
How Does Medical Detox Work & How Does It Take?
If you need medical detox, the medical detox process will begin as soon as you arrive at the facility. The length of detox will depend on your medical history, the type of substance and how long the substance was used. Withdrawal symptoms can last a few days or even a couple of weeks. Length of detox will vary, though it typically lasts 5 days.
While medical detox may cleanse your body of the addictive substance, it does not treat the underlying behavioral causes of addiction or treat the effects. Medical detox must be followed by therapy and other forms of rehabilitation. A residential treatment program, which often follows detox, may take between 30 and 90 days.
How Can I Begin Medical Detox?
Gay Men’s Institute provides on-site medical detox at several of our locations. We will also take care of your transportation to and from the medical detox facility to ensure your safe transition to our residential accommodations.
If you have questions about the medical detox process or think you or a loved one could benefit from medical detox and residential treatment, our admissions counselors are available 24/7 to take your call.
Please call this number 760-767-8069 to speak to an admission’s counselor and have a clinical evaluation so we can better understand your needs and figure out the best medical detox and treatment plan for you.