An individual who is struggling with a substance use disorder cannot fully participate in treatment if he or she is still engaging in substance abuse, or if he or she is experiencing withdrawal symptoms.
The process of ridding a person’s body of the drugs upon which he or she has become dependent is known as detoxification or detox. Detox is a physical process with emotional and psychological ramifications, and it is best undertaken under the supervision of a qualified expert. Depending upon the substance or substances that a person has been abusing, attempting to stop without professional supervision can be a painful or even dangerous experience. Common withdrawal symptoms can include powerful drug cravings, nausea, agitation, sleep disturbances, anxiety, mood swings, and pain in the abdomen, muscles, and bones.
With a medically monitored detox program, patients can go through the withdrawal process in a much safer and more comfortable manner. The process of detox can vary depending upon several factors that are unique to each individual patient but, in general, it takes between three to seven days to eliminate drugs from the body and no longer experience physical withdrawal symptoms.
At Keystone Treatment Center, patients who have been unable to rid their bodies of drugs prior to entering treatment, but who are not in need of acute medical care, may benefit from our medically monitored detoxification program. Patients who participate in the detox treatment program at Keystone receive around-the-clock nursing care, and physicians are also available to monitor patient progress. Various aspects of Keystone’s detoxification process include the following:
- Medically monitored detox services are available 24/7
- 24/7 nursing care is offered with physicians available
- Detox is available for both adolescents and adults
- Length of stay in detox varies depending upon the severity of a patient’s withdrawal
- Detox is only offered as a continuum into the inpatient or outpatient treatment programs
The goal during detoxification is to provide a safe environment for the patient to be stabilized physically and emotionally. In addition to the medical and nursing staff support, Keystone Treatment Center has one specific counselor that assists the patient while being monitored for withdrawal. The patient also has an assigned primary therapist throughout his or her treatment stay. The patient is encouraged to attend and participate in the treatment program activities as soon as possible following admission.
Once the patient is stabilized and has completed the acute phase of withdrawal, he or she will be transitioned into the rehabilitation component of treatment.
For more information about the detox program or any other aspects of treatment at Keystone Treatment Center, please do not hesitate to contact us at your convenience. We look forward to answering all of your questions and helping you determine if our program is the perfect place for you or your loved one.