Medically Monitored Detox
"Recovery is an ongoing process, for both the addict and his or her family. In recovery, there is hope. And hope is a wonderful thing.” – Dean Dauphinais
What Does the Process of Inpatient Detox Entail?
Detoxification is the process by which the body rids itself of harmful substances.
Drug and alcohol detoxification is an essential first step toward successful addiction recovery. The process can involve sweating, shaking, chills, nausea, aches and pain, confusion, anxiety, and the potential for seizures. To ensure the safest and most comfortable process; it is recommended that detox take place in an inpatient facility supervised by highly-trained addiction specialists.
Rocky Mountain Treatment Center is a medically monitored detox center. Our experienced and compassionate medical staff is with you 24/7 encouraging you through the physical, mental and emotional stages of withdrawal.
The length of detoxification varies depending on; the substance, last dose, drug dose, and how long the person has been using. Here at Rocky Mountain Treatment Center, we assist the clients and make them comfortable in all stages of detoxification. With us by your side, you will be able to focus on your recovery.
Principles of Effective Treatment
Based on scientific research since the mid-1970s, the following fundamental principles
should form the basis of any effective treatment program:
- No single treatment is right for everyone.
- People need to have quick access to treatment.
- Treatment should address other possible mental disorders.
- Effective treatment addresses all the patient’s needs, not just his or her drug use.
- Counseling and other behavioral therapies are the most commonly used forms of treatment.
- Medications are often an important part of treatment, especially when combined with behavioral therapies.
- Treatment plans must be reviewed often and modified to fit the patient’s changing needs.
only the first stage of treatment.
- Drug use during treatment must be monitored continuously.
- Treatment programs should offer client an option to be tested for HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B and C, tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases as well as teach them about steps they can take to reduce their risk of these illnesses.
Risks of Unsupervised Detox
Per the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, an estimated 88,000 people (approximately 62,000 men and 26,000 women) die from alcohol-related causes annually, making alcohol the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the United States.
- Needlessly uncomfortable withdrawal.
- Increased risk of relapse.
- Increased risk of overdose from relapse due to lowered tolerance to the drug.
- Heart Attack
- Death (frequently due to uncontrolled seizure and convulsion).
Consequences of Substance Abuse and Addiction
Recovery from addiction is possible. If left untreated, however, it can lead to an array of negative consequences. Addiction is chronic, progressive, and potentially fatal. As the disease progresses conscious decisions become compulsive actions.
If you think substance abuse and addiction will not affect your life, think again.
- Poor occupational or academic performance.
- Family problems, such as child neglect or divorce.
- Neglect of hobbies and activities that were once enjoyable.
- Loss of close friends due to substance abuse.
- Emotional disturbances, e.g. depression or psychosis.
- Physical health problems, e.g. heart problems and malnourishment.
- Social problems, e.g. withdrawal from friends and family.
- Increased risk of injury or fatality due to accidents.
- Increased risk of poly-substance abuse (the abuse of more than one substance).
- Increased risk of overdose due to poly-substance abuse.
ADDICTION SEEKING BEHAVIORS
You might also notice significant lifestyle and personality changes that may include:
o Changes in sleeping patterns.
o Gradual or sudden change in friends.
o Loss of interest in hobbies, family, or social activities.
o Disappearance of money.
o Poor hygiene.
o Sudden drop in job or academic performance.
o Uncooperative nature.
o Poverty or financial problems.
o Legal issues.
o HIV, hepatitis, and other blood-borne illnesses due to needle sharing.
o Injury from using in hazardous situations, such as while driving.
o Changes in appearance.
o Changes in eating patterns.
o Doctor shopping (visiting several different doctors in order to receive multiple prescriptions).
o Forging prescriptions stealing from pharmacies or the medicine cabinets of friends and family.
o Spending large sums of money to purchase substances
o Lying to friends and family about use.
o Social isolation.
o Problems with interpersonal relationships.
o Missed work, school, and other commitments.