The addiction treatment process most often begins with detoxification. Attempting to detox oneself without medical supervision, can be uncomfortable or even dangerous and can cause unnecessary risk. Each person struggling with substance use problems is different. Detoxing from different substances causes distinct withdrawal symptoms and requires varying amounts of time. Medical assistance is frequently necessary. For many individuals, a safe, medically-monitored detox program is a crucial part of overcoming addiction and is the first step of the journey to recovery.
Understanding the Role of Detox
Detox is the process by which the body abstains and rids itself of unhealthy substances. This is a necessary part of recovery, but it can also be challenging. Once detox begins and a client stops using drugs and alcohol, the body reacts by going through withdrawal. Eventually, the symptoms dissipate, leaving the individual free from chemical and physical dependence. Once detoxification has been completed, residents can focus on their recovery by learning relapse prevention techniques and by learning coping strategies to manage stress and gain psychological independence.
While detox programs effectively target the most important physical aspect of addiction, this is only one piece of the puzzle. Further addiction treatment at New Bridge Foundation® focuses on the emotional, mental, and physiological concerns that lead to addiction. Detox, however, is necessary to begin the foundation for ongoing recovery.
Choosing the Right Detox Program
For most people, the only way to safely detox from drugs or alcohol is in a medically supervised detox environment. Trying to detox at home, even with the support of friends and family, is difficult. Doing so can risk one’s health as well as the chance of lasting sobriety. Not only is relapse a far more likely outcome when one attempts home detox, but it can result in dangerous health outcomes.
In the detox program at New Bridge Foundation®, residents are monitored continuously. When withdrawal symptoms appear, medical professionals are there to help alleviate those symptoms, increase comfort, and reduce health risks.
As addiction experts, our professionals at New Bridge Foundation® utilize the best medical interventions and medication-assisted treatments (MAT) to make sure the detoxification process is safe and comfortable. Our medical professionals offer resources, boost comfort, and monitor your symptoms and progress. They enhance the detox experience and make it a safe part of the recovery journey. Detox services include:
- Physical exam
- Physical oversight
- Medical history
- Constant monitoring
- Stabilization planning
- Preparation for ongoing recovery
Clients who feel physically able to do so also attend individual and group counseling sessions, acupuncture, and many other scheduled activities.
After Detox: What Comes Next
The duration of detox depends largely upon each specific addiction. Most detoxifications are completed in 3-10 days. However, it’s important to remember that detox isn’t a cure for addiction. It’s the first step, and recovery requires additional addiction treatment.
At New Bridge Foundation®, we have several options for residents ready to build on the success of their detoxification process. Individuals can choose from either short or long-term residential treatment options. Additionally, our therapists and addiction counselors will collaborate with you in developing an individualized treatment plan as well as a discharge plan that will address your unique problems and needs. We also offer specialized programs for those individuals with co-occurring disorders, active military members and veterans or for those who are a part of the LGBTQ+ community.
Learn More About Detox at New Bridge Foundation®
A detox program is one of the best ways to begin the road to recovery. At New Bridge Foundation®, located in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can take your first step of your beginning the journey to lasting recovery. If you or someone you care about is struggling with a substance use problem, or if you would like to learn more about our detox program, don’t hesitate. Reach out to New Bridge Foundation® online or call 866.772.8491.