Withdrawing from alcohol or other drugs can be a difficult and dangerous process. The symptoms can range from mild headaches and nausea to seizures, hallucinations, and delusions. Withdrawal can be a particular problem for our nation’s veterans and active-duty military, who not only struggle with addiction at higher rates than the rest of the population but who are in many cases less likely to think that they need professional help or a detox program to free themselves from their addictive behaviors.
In the case of many substances, attempting to quit “cold turkey” without medical supervision means risking one’s life, particularly when comorbidities like liver damage are factors. To minimize the effects of sudden abstinence from alcohol or other substances, medically supervised residential detox is often recommended.
If you or the veteran or the active-duty member in your life is battling a substance use disorder, New Bridge Foundation is here to help. Reach out to our San Francisco Bay-Area detox program today to learn more about what we can do for you.
What Is Residential Detox?
Veterans and active-duty personnel who are struggling with severe, long-term addictions are often advised to opt for a residential detox program. Detox is the process of removing all of the toxic substances to which an individual is addicted from the body. It almost always occurs in a hospital or other qualified facility — hence the “residential” aspect of residential detox. While in a detox program, individuals are under the careful supervision of doctors and nurses, who monitor their progress and administer medications if necessary to mitigate symptoms of withdrawal and guard against relapse.
Do I Need a Residential Detox Program?
Not every veteran or active duty member battling substance abuse requires detox under medical supervision. However, you may be a good candidate for detox in the San Franciso Bay Area if one of the following is true:
- You have been a heavy drinker or user of drugs for many weeks, months, or years.
- When you attempt to stop on your own, you experience withdrawal symptoms.
- You have experienced withdrawal seizures or the DTs.
- You have tried to stop or reduce your consumption in the past and have failed.
- You do not have a strong support network of family and friends outside of care.
- Like many veterans, you have an underlying mental condition like depression, anxiety, or PTSD that fuels your substance use.
- You suffer from a physical condition like diabetes or liver problems that could complicate your recovery.
The Residential Detox Program at New Bridge Foundation
Once you have committed to enrolling in the detox program at New Bridge Foundation, the process will begin immediately. After our addiction specialists have made a complete assessment of your circumstances and taken a medical history, you will begin residential detox treatment. In most cases, the process of ridding the body of toxins lasts only two to five days, and our clinicians will do everything in their power to help ease your withdrawal symptoms.
Overcoming the physical symptoms of withdrawal in residential detox is only the first step, however; detox is not a cure for addiction. Once your body is free of addictive substances, you must remain in a residential treatment program. This is because you must also explore what caused you to develop an addiction as well as the relationships and other triggers that will continue to make you want to use substances.
Reach Out to New Bridge Foundation Today
Are you a veteran or active-duty military member who has decided to start again, free from the devastation that drug or alcohol addiction inevitably brings? Are your finances, your relationships, or your work suffering? Has your addiction to drugs or alcohol caused you to have legal problems? Do you want to recover in a tranquil and beautiful atmosphere where the staff treats you like family and gives you the privacy and discretion you need?
New Bridge Foundation offers premium-quality medical detox in a setting that promotes both tranquility and healing. We are a residential treatment facility, not a hospital which allows us to detox and treat you in a location that feels like home. At New Bridge Foundation, you will feel as if you are part of a family. Reach out today using our online form or call us at 866.772.8491 to discover what we can do for you or the veteran or active-duty military member in your life.