WHAT IS DETOXIFICATION?

A detox is a period of time where the body gets rid of any drugs or alcohol in it. During this time, your body may react physically and mentally with uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms—some of which can be deadly. Detoxing requires medical monitoring and supervision. The time it takes to fully recover depends on individual factors, such as how long the drug was abused, the drug intake method, and your genes and family history.

There are inpatient and outpatient detox programs available. Here at Gratitude Lodge, we offer inpatient detox programs, meaning you’d stay in our luxurious, welcoming rooms and have access to professionals during your recovery. Our local partners offer outpatient detox, which is available to those who have a less severe addiction and want to continue their work or school during their detox. Though detox sounds uncomfortable, it’s a crucial first step to starting your new life.

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WHY IS DETOXING IMPORTANT?

Getting the drugs or alcohol out of your system is the first step to recovery. Detoxing in a safe, professionally-staffed environment is important because your brain may have become dependent on drugs or alcohol, which can affect its chemical make up. In severe dependency cases, suddenly ending alcohol intake could lead to fatal seizures, and suddenly stopping the intake of benzos (benzodiazepine) could lead to delirium, a lost sense of self, and psychosis.

At Gratitude Lodge, our credentialed staff is trained and medically equipped to provide these on-site detox services. Our staff is also empathetic and can guide you through the emotional side of recovery. Detoxification can be the most difficult part of early recovery, which is why we offer personalized care, group therapy support and an encouraging environment. Here, you are given the tools to succeed and benefit from a lasting recovery.

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THE PROCESS OF DETOXING

Evaluation

The time it takes to detox and the methods used depend on the length of drug abuse, methods of intake, and genetics. During evaluation, you can expect mental and physical screenings, providing family history, blood tests, and medication.

Stabilization

Because you may experience withdrawal symptoms, medical and mental therapies are provided. You may also receive addiction treatment drugs ranging from antidepressants to pills that suppress the desire for alcohol or drugs.

Preparing for Treatment

The medical team will help decide if your treatment is best suited for inpatient facilities or outpatient facilities. Inpatient facilities, such as Gratitude Lodge, offer structured environments free from distraction and temptation. Outpatient care offers therapy while you live at home and continue your career or family life.

DOES DETOXING HAVE SIDE EFFECTS?

During detoxification, you may experience withdrawal symptoms as the brain attempts to make up for the feel-good chemicals generated from drug or alcohol dependency. Newly prescribed medication for your withdrawal symptoms may also cause side effects. Here are some side effects you may experience during detox—which is why it’s important to detox under professional care instead of going cold turkey or using at-home detox kits.

  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Drug cravings
  • Paranoia
  • Depersonalization
  • Irritability

How Long Does Detoxing Take?

The detoxification process depends on the severity of your addiction and how long you’ve been using drugs or alcohol. It can typically take anywhere from days or months to get past withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms for alcohol can last up to a few weeks. Withdrawal from opiates can last up to 10 days, and prescription drug withdrawal can last months or years without treatment.

You may have heard of rapid detox or ultra-rapid detox, which requires anesthesia while medication replaces drugs in the body. Though this method is a fast way to remove drugs and avoid withdrawal symptoms, it can be a shock to the system and come with a lot of risks and a higher price tag. This method is usually considered for addictions to opiates and painkillers.

What Happens After Detox?

While detox is the first physical step to recovery, there are mental steps involved in recovery after detox. Structured activities, group therapy, and individual counseling are built into your day when you stay at an inpatient residential addiction treatment facility such as Gratitude Lodge. After that, you’ll be able to transition to outpatient care, where you can stay in your own home, attend work or school, and attend therapy in the daytime or evening.

You’ll feel your withdrawal symptoms become manageable after completing our detox program. Then, you can transition into inpatient addiction treatment. There you will partake in group activities, learn from a set schedule, develop responsibility, and become self-sufficient again. Taking all of the steps from detoxification to outpatient rehabilitation is what helps establish the foundation for lasting recovery and decreases the chance of relapse.

Is Detoxing Covered by Insurance?

We accept most PPO insurances at Gratitude Lodge, whether you’re staying with us for as little as 7 days or more than 90 days. We accept BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, Aetna, and many more. As with any insurance, the cost depends on your insurance policy deductible and your policy co-pay. Inpatient and outpatient facility costs may vary.

Some insurance policies may limit your care providers or may want you to contribute to the cost. Most treatment facilities can help determine if your insurance is eligible. We’re happy to see if your insurance covers treatment for you or your loved ones. Get in touch with our team and verify your insurance today.

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