What is Detoxification?
The first step of a journey is usually the hardest. It also tends to be the most rewarding. Detoxification, or simply ‘detox’ – usually the first step in the rehabilitation process – refers to the process of allowing your body to rid itself of the substances upon which it has become dependent. Your body, which will likely have become mentally and physically reliant on a particular substance or behaviour, will experience symptoms of withdrawal, which can involve anxiety, shaking, high blood pressure, heart palpitations, and more.
When you arrive at Tikvah Lake Recovery, our assessment team will determine whether or not detox is necessary for you based on the type of addiction, substance used, frequency, and recency of use. Once detox is complete, your rehabilitation can truly begin.
How long does the detox process take?
The detox process can vary based on a number of factors including, but not limited to:
- Type of substance
- Duration and severity of addiction
- Method of used (snorting, smoking, injecting, swallowing, etc.)
- The amount of substance the user has been taking at once
- Family history
- Genetic makeup
- Underlying mental health conditions
- Pre-existing medical conditions
Based on these factors, the detox process can take anywhere from a few days to a couple weeks. Either way, it’s important to undergo detoxification in a controlled and supervised outpatient environment with medical professionals on hand.
The benefits of detoxing in a rehab environment
Trying to detox at home isn’t just challenging – it can be downright dangerous.
Quitting ‘cold turkey’ without proper medical supervision can lead to serious complications, including seizures, severe dehydration and death. It’s extremely difficult and can cause intense physical and mental pain. Though detox is essential to medically balance out your body and to cope with withdrawal symptoms, it’s very unlikely to work without residential treatment.
Detoxing in a residential environment is advantageous for several reasons:
- It’s supervised: Medical professionals are always on hand; therefore, it’s both safe and more effective.
- It’s easier: Professionally administered medications and specialized facilities make the process much smoother and simpler.
- It’s more effective long-term: Most rehab facilities will help you put plans in place to continue battling addiction going forward. Over the years, there have been many reported cases of people who have to check in to detox facilities over and over again, simply because no follow-through plans were created. That’s where Tikvah Lake Recovery comes in!
Detoxing at Tikvah lake Recovery
For those who first need to go to a detox facility prior to residential treatment, Tikvah Lake is here for you. We are associated with several licensed, highly recommended detox facilities in Florida, all of which feature luxury accommodations and private rooms.
We manage the entire process, including speaking with their admissions department and arranging transportation from detox to our facility. Note: detox is not always required, but if our admissions team deems it necessary after initial discussions, then we will assist every step of the way.
Once detox helps stabilize your body, Tikvah Lake Recovery will help you address the causes of your addictions through our residential program, which might include treatment such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with licenced counselors, or following a twelve-step program. Through comprehensive, thoughtful treatments, we provide our guests with the tools to identify triggers and avoid relapse in our luxurious private facilities. At Tikvah Lake, we provide our guests with the tools to stop the problems at the onset and help them identify triggers to avoid future relapse.
Detox at Tikvah Lake generally takes 3-7 days, depending on different factors.
Rapid detoxing: is it a good idea?
Rapid detoxing is the process of sedating someone with anesthesia, then giving them medications that replace the substances in your body. Rapid detox is extremely risky and can cause (among other things!) fever, nausea, choking, heart attacks, and death. “Ultra-rapid” detox programs – which are intended to take only 2-3 days – are even riskier. Moreover, rapid detox is expensive, and is not usually covered by insurance.
Perhaps most importantly, though: rapid detox is simply less effective than traditional detox. People who go through rapid detox are more likely to relapse due to not continuing into an outpatient program or putting long-term relapse prevention plans in place.
The process of detoxing in a rehab setting
Detoxing in rehab generally involves three steps: evaluation, stabilization, and preparation.
Evaluation involves a series of screenings and tests from doctors and medical professionals to determine any physical and mental health issues prior to detox. At this point, doctors will also begin setting up a long-term treatment plan for you.
Stabilization is meant to keep patients from harm. Doctors can prescribe medications and appropriate therapy to minimize withdrawal symptoms and ease your transition.
Preparation is the step where doctors ready you for inpatient treatment, therapy, and rehabilitation.
Life after detoxing
After someone undergoes detox, the work begins at Tikvah Lake to make their sobriety comfortable and long lasting. After all, our job is not only to provide expertly managed detoxes for our clients, but to help keep them sober going forward.
With that in mind, our goal is to treat every aspect of your addiction during your stay here. When staying at our private and peaceful facility, you’ll have regular visits with our therapists, who will help you undergo one-to-one or group therapy, guide you through more specialized programs, and make an addiction treatment plan going forward to mitigate the risk of a relapse.
Remember: detoxing alone is not enough! Those who detox without first making a plan for what comes next are fated to go through detox again. Detox is just the first step in addiction treatment. It’s important to treat the psychological and physical elements of their addiction and put together a treatment plan.