The withdrawal symptoms related to alcohol addiction can be life threatening. Stopping alcohol can cause the body to go into shock. Medical supervision is critical when you want to stop.
Drug dependence and the symptoms of withdrawal are varied. Medically supervised detox is the only way to ensure a safe transition to being clean. Do not attempt to stop on your own.
After detox it is time to deal with the underlying issues that have caused your addiction. In-patient rehab programs give you the tools you need to stay clean from drugs or alcohol.
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The most important step in your rehabilitation is removing drugs or alcohol from your system. The only way to do this without out putting your life at risk is with medically supervised detoxification. Our medical professionals care for you 24/7 – 7 days a week.
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Medical Detox Rehab in Ontario
What is medical detox and how is it different from rehab?
Medical detox is a key step in the addiction recovery process that should come before rehab. It is important to have medical assessment for your specific medical situation. Medical detox is a necessary process for those who have developed a physical dependency on the substance they have been using.
Dependence on drugs or alcohol increases as you become more accustomed to the substance and you find yourself having to use it more often, and in larger doses, to gain the desired effect. While this is happening, your body is getting used to the substance, and then addiction occurs. Mentally and physically you feel that you can not survive without it. If you try to stop using the drugs or alcohol, your body goes into revolt and you experience withdrawal effects that are uncomfortable and can be life-threatening.
Medical detox is the safest way for people with addictions to free their bodies of the addictive dependence. While you are removing your dependence, you need to be supervised by doctors. At our private clinic, patients are kept comfortable, safe and protected from the debilitating effects of withdrawal.
Next Step is Rehab
Rehab is the next step after detoxification. Rehab therapy includes individual and group counselling, holistic and therapeutic treatment specific to the issues that caused the person to begin using in the first place. For rehab to work, people need to first remove their dependence on the substance. Medical Detox and removing the substance from your body is the most important first step towards addiction recovery.
Do I Need an Inpatient Detox Centre?
Whether you need an inpatient detox program depends on several factors:
Some people with very mild addictions are able to detoxify themselves at home, with occasional visits to a doctor to check progress.
- The substance you are addicted to
- How long the addiction has lasted, and how much of the substance you use
- Your state of physical health, and the presence of any medical conditions
- Whether or not you are taking medication
Others may receive help from an outpatient detox program, in which they undergo medical treatment during the day and released to go home at the end of each afternoon. This might be a choice for you if:
- Your addiction is not severe enough to call for round-the-clock medical attention during withdrawal
- You can receive help from the support of friends and family
- You and your doctor feel that you will be able to avoid using the substance you are detoxing from
- You can keep your employment, education and activities
Private Inpatient Detox - 24 Hour Care
An inpatient detox centre allows for the provision of medical care twenty-four hours a day during the detox process. It is highly recommended for people with severe or long-standing addictions, and for those who are in danger of relapsing if they are sent home in the evenings. Many people who complete an inpatient drug and alcohol detox program at once enter an inpatient drug and alcohol rehab program.
What happens during detox?
When you arrive at our facility, you will be taken through several steps that include the following:
You will meet with an intake therapist who will take down a detailed history that includes your medical information and the path your addiction has taken. We need this information not only so that we can create a customized detox plan that is right for you, but so we can manage potentially dangerous interactions between the addiction and your medical conditions and/or legitimately used prescription drugs.
You will be shown around our facility and admitted to your room. During this process, items that are not allowed at the facility will be taken from you and stored until it is time for you to leave. Prohibited items include over-the-counter medications and potentially dangerous items.
Physical Medical Exam
A doctor will examine you to assess your current state of health and find any variables that might affect your detoxification process.
The detox process itself is customized for everyone. Some people are encouraged to engage in supervised physical activity, while others may be confined to bed. The withdrawal symptoms that patients experience include anxiety and depression, mood swings, trembling and shaking, a change in appetite and sleeping patterns, difficulty breathing, heart palpitations, fever and panic attacks. Some people with severe addictions experience hallucinations, violent outbursts, and suicidal thoughts. The length of medical detox varies from person to person, but it is typically not more than a few weeks.
What Happens Next?
For those with addiction, overcoming the physical dependency is an essential first step, but it is not enough. We know that almost all addictions are underpinned by issues that need to be addressed in a rehab setting.
The circumstances that lead to addiction are different for everybody, and include the following:
- Experiencing or seeing a traumatic event
- A history of child abuse, sexual assault or domestic violence
- Military combat
- A history of bullying
- Mental illness
- Troubled family relationships
People who undergo medical detox without rehab are at a high risk of relapse, because their psychological dependency on the substance has not been addressed.
For more information about how you can get yourself or a loved one started on the road to recovery, call Medical Detox Ontario today and book your assessment.