Seeking treatment for a substance use disorder usually begins with detox. Whether an individual is struggling with alcohol, drugs, or both, detox is the first phase of the healing process. Detox is the process of removing drugs or alcohol from a person’s body—in many cases, the body and/or mind have become dependent upon the substance abused. This can be an uncomfortable and painful experience as the body starts functioning without relying on drugs or alcohol. Detox can be an uplifting experience, but it can also be a dangerous time for someone with an addiction and is best completed through a professional residential treatment program.
A residential treatment program is when you leave home for a specific period of time and reside in a dedicated facility that provides structure, accountability, and supervision. It is important to note that not all residential treatment programs are the same; some centers may offer different treatment levels.
At Michael’s House, we have been offering addiction treatment services for over thirty years. Our experienced staff of addiction treatment professionals uses evidence-based and holistic approaches in our residential treatment program, as well as our outpatient and transitional living programs. Call 760.548.4032 today to learn more.
The Importance of an Addiction Rehab Center: Detox and Relapse Risk
The first moments of sobriety can be difficult for people with addictions. Individuals are often overwhelmed with drug cravings. As their bodies adjust to functioning without drugs or alcohol, a number of uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms can occur, including:
- Flu-like symptoms
As a result of these symptoms, it’s not uncommon for people undergoing detox to consider returning to drug use. They believe they can make the pain end by slipping those drugs back into their bodies.
When people detox at home, they are more likely to relapse because they have easy access to dealers, bars, and drugstores. However, in a residential facility, no drugs are allowed. Supervisors ensure that no slips and slides back to substance use take place at the treatment center.
Residential programs can also provide targeted therapies that can help with detox, including:
- Replacement medications, like buprenorphine
- Mental health medications, like antidepressants
- Over-the-counter treatments, like anti-nausea medications and aspirin
- Soothing foods and hydrating drinks
Not surprisingly, the completion rates of residential detox programs are higher than those of people who attempt to go through withdrawal at home. Researchers have found that 81 percent of individuals who attempted to withdraw in a residential facility were able to do so. In comparison, only 17 percent of people who tried to do the same at home were able to accomplish their goal.1
Studies like this suggest that residential detox programs can make a big difference for anyone struggling with substance abuse.
Safety During Detox at a Residential Treatment Program
While many people who go through detox feel uncomfortable, some drugs may lead to life-threatening complications during withdrawal. Researchers have found that mice repeatedly exposed to alcohol and then withdrawn from the drug had changes in the brain. These mice even had seizures upon withdrawal. This same process can occur in humans, and seizures can also develop in response to a benzodiazepine withdrawal.2
Treatment programs often give patients access to medical practitioners who can provide therapies that help soothe the symptoms of distress. This around-the-clock medical response can be vital for some people as they stop using drugs and alcohol.
Reach Out to Michael's House Today
At Michael’s House, we provide a residential treatment experience that enables you to get sober in a supportive, structured, and supervised environment. You can live a life without substance abuse. One of our admissions coordinators will be glad to tell you more about how this treatment works. Don’t delay—you can get started by calling 760.548.4032 or contacting us online.