Drug Detox

A substance abuse disorder has many layers and this is why drug detox is so complex. Drug detox is a process where drugs are eliminated out of the body. Drug detox is a vital first step to a successful recovery process in and out of rehab.

After drug rehabilitation, the recovering drug abuser can commence with ongoing rehab treatment.

Detox is the best way to start drug rehab treatment as people who abuse drugs experience intense cravings and withdrawal symptoms which lead to relapse. Withdrawal symptoms occur when the body is exposed to long periods of drug use and suddenly stopped.

Medical professionals are experienced with safe and effective detoxification and this is why it is important to go through detox under medical supervision and ensure safety and comfort throughout a very critical process.

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  • Can I Go Cold Turkey at Home?
  • How Long Does Detox Last?
  • How Much Does Drug Detox Cost?
  • Can I Detox On My Own?
  • What Happens if a Serious Medical Emergency Occurs During the Detox Process?
  • What Happens After Detox?
Home detox is also known as “cold turkey,” it is a process without medical supervision, and there is a risk of severe complications, especially for those who use opioids, whoonga/Nyaope or prescription medication. This is where medication assisted therapy (MAT) is vital.

It all depends on the duration of drug abuse and substance of choice. Detox can last days or even weeks. Recovery from substance abuse depends on the medication prescribed and the patient's health. ARCA uses detox medication that is tapered as well as non-addictive anti-craving medication for relapse prevention after drug rehab treatment.

The cost of drug detox depends on certain factors, but detox is less expensive than full inpatient rehab treatment. It is recommended that detox and therapy are both completed. ARCA has a short but effective treatment plan and free one year aftercare support.

It is not advisable to detox at home without medical supervision. Although possible, there is the risk of severe complications, such as:

  • Seizures
  • Blood pressure fluctuation
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Severe aches
  • Dehydration
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Relapse

Our medical professionals will do their best to prevent any complications from arising during detox. Patients undergo a full physical and medical assessment when they arrive at ARCA. The patient will be stabilized and treated for all medical conditions at the start, and if any complications do arise, there is 24-hour supervision and care.

Detox is the first step in recovery. Although a very necessary step, there are additional therapies that are just as important. ARCA has a team of experienced counselors and social workers that assist patients through cognitive behavior therapy, group therapy, family therapy, and relapse prevention. Recovery is a process and each individual requires individual care. For more information about the treatment option that suits your needs, reach out, and contact ARCA today.

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