Addiction affects millions of American families. But with the help of an addiction treatment center, many have found lasting recovery.
At Swift River, we empower people and families who are affected by addiction. Our rehab program provides a comprehensive continuum of care, ranging from detox and medical stabilization to outpatient treatment and aftercare services.
Detox helps people safely stop taking substances. Detox services can be beneficial for people addicted to alcohol, opioids, benzodiazepines, and other drugs.
Our compassionate medical staff uses their expertise to help patients move through the physical withdrawal symptoms associated with substance abuse. This is accomplished through medical monitoring and medication-assisted treatment (MAT).
It’s important to note that detox alone is not substance abuse treatment. Once a person has successfully detoxed, our clients engage in additional phases of treatment, including residential and partial hospitalization.
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How Does Detox (Medical Stabilization) Work?
Detox is the body’s way of clearing itself from the toxins left over from substance abuse. People who are physically dependent on a drug often need medical assistance during this process, as detox can cause withdrawal syndrome.
Withdrawal syndrome refers to a range of symptoms that cause physical and mental discomfort. In some cases, detox symptoms can be life-threatening. This is why detoxification should always take place under medical supervision.
At Swift River, we offer medical stabilization to help clients transition through the withdrawal phase. Our medical staff provide these services in order to ensure clients are stabilized before beginning formal treatment.
As soon as a client arrives at Swift River, they receive case management services and begin detoxification. This is called the evaluation phase. Once medical stabilization is achieved, the client’s treatment team determines whether they are ready to begin formal treatment.
During detox, clients have access to full-time nursing staff and 24-hour medical support. If a client experiences any substance-related mental health concerns, psychiatric services are also available.
What Are The Benefits Of Detox (Medical Stabilization)?
Inpatient detoxification provides time and space for a person’s body to adjust to being substance-free. Inpatient detox offers the advantage of constant medical care, as well as supervision.
Detox also offers the benefit of safety, especially for those who have made prior attempts to stop using drugs. Being in a medically assisted setting prevents clients from accessing drugs or alcohol. It also provides a buffer from people, places, or situations that may be triggering.
Detox also offers relief from distressing withdrawal symptoms. Depending on the person’s level of drug use, withdrawal symptoms can be mild, moderate, or severe.
During detox, each client sees a medical provider every day. This ongoing evaluation allows the treatment team to administer medication-assisted treatment (MAT), which helps to manage withdrawal.
Drugs and alcohol can have a serious impact on a person’s physical and psychological well-being. The severity of withdrawal symptoms can vary, based on the type of drug and the amount the person was taking.
Some of the symptoms associated with withdrawal and detox include:
- loss of appetite
Many people who suffer from addiction may desire to stop using drugs, but are unsure of how to safely stop taking the substances. Some may attempt to quit “cold turkey” (suddenly), which can lead to worsened withdrawal symptoms.
Swift River’s detox program provides a stabilizing environment that soothes withdrawal symptoms, as well as drug cravings.
What Medications Are Used During Detox At Swift River?
Swift River staff help clients safely manage their withdrawal symptoms by offering medical support, as well as medication-assisted treatment (MAT).
People who experience alcohol withdrawal may be given a benzodiazepine taper to manage their withdrawal symptoms, such as anxiety and heart palpitations.
Clients who suffer from opioid dependence may be provided with Suboxone or Vivitrol, to help manage symptoms like nausea and sweating. Depending on the type of medication, these forms of MAT reduce withdrawal symptoms and block the effects of opioids.
Withdrawal can also lead to intense cravings, which may cause a person to relapse (return to the drug). By being in a safe environment that utilizes MAT, clients can overcome these cravings and begin their recovery in a sober state of mind.
How Long Does Detox (Medical Stabilization) Last?
Detox at Swift River typically lasts 7 days. After about a week, the client’s withdrawal symptoms should be under control. If a person experiences ongoing or severe withdrawal symptoms, they can remain in detox until stabilized.
Swift River’s treatment program occurs in three phases in order to allow patients adequate time to recover from the effects of addiction. Because each person’s experience with addiction is different, some people need more time in each phase of treatment.
Once clients are medically stabilized, they begin the residential phase of treatment. This lasts either 30 or 60 days and includes several types of traditional and alternative therapy.
The last 10 days of treatment at Swift River are spent in outpatient therapy, where patients learn to practice their sober-living skills.
At Swift River, we prioritize individual care. This means that each client receives a personalized treatment plan that can be adjusted throughout the three phases of treatment.
Is Detox (Medical Stabilization) At Swift River Right For Me?
While some people can stop using drugs on their own, many people benefit from formal treatment and medical detox. By detoxing in a rehab center environment, clients are given the best chance at building a successful recovery.
Located in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, Swift River provides these services in a natural and serene environment.
In addition to medical detox, Swift River offers gender-specific therapy groups, recreational and adventure therapy, and individual counseling.
Our rehab center respects the rights of each individual and is LGBTQ+ friendly. Swift River also allows emotional support animals, for those who benefit from having their pets nearby.
It is possible to have a new life after drug and alcohol addiction. For more information on detox (medical stabilization) at Swift River, contact a treatment specialist today.
- U.S. National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlus — Alcohol withdrawal
- U.S. National Library of Medicine: National Institutes of Health — An Overview of Outpatient and Inpatient Detoxification
- U.S. National Library of Medicine: National Institutes of Health — Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment