Detoxing from drugs can be a difficult and uncomfortable process, but there are detox centers available that can help make the process more bearable. Detox centers vary in their offerings, but centers like ours at Eagle Creek, provide medical supervision and assistance, as well as counseling and other support services.
If you think you or a loved one may have a substance abuse problem, a drug detox center can help you overcome your substance dependence. Once you’ve gone through detox you’ll be able to focus on a recovery plan and create healthy, lifelong habits. Find out more about medical drug detox and how it can set you up for success in your battle against addiction.
What is Medical Drug Detox?
Detox is the process of clearing drugs and toxins from your body. When you detox from drugs, your body goes through withdrawal as it readjusts to functioning without the drug. Withdrawal symptoms can be uncomfortable and even dangerous, so it’s important to detox under medical supervision.
Medical detox is usually done in hospitals or detox centers. You’ll be closely monitored by a team of medical professionals who will make sure you’re as comfortable as possible. They may give you medication to ease withdrawal symptoms, and they’ll be there to provide support and answer any questions you have.
Why is Medical Drug Detox Necessary?
Detox is an important first step in overcoming addiction because it allows you to get the drugs out of your system. However, detox alone is not enough to make a lasting change. In order to fully recover, you’ll need to address the underlying issues that led to your addiction in the first place.
If you’re struggling with addiction, detox can help you get on the road to recovery. To find a detox center in Idaho, contact Eagle Creek Ranch today. We can help you detox safely and comfortably, and we’ll provide you with the resources you need to start living a sober life.
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Detox can take anywhere from a few days to a week or more. The length of time will depend on a variety of issues. These will include:
- How long someone has been using drugs or alcohol
- What types of substances they are abusing
- If they are suffering from any co-occurring disorders (mental illness)
- The quantity of substances they are abusing
- If they have any other health issues that may affect or conflict with detox medications
- Other individual factors unique to the person (age, weight, gender, overall response to medication)
All of these factors contribute to the length of time medical detox will take. In most cases, though, people typically overcome detox in a week. In cases of serious addiction, it can take longer.
What Can I Expect During Drug Detox?
During detox, you’ll be closely monitored by our medical staff. We’ll make sure you’re as comfortable as possible and that you have everything you need. We’ll also help you through any withdrawal symptoms you may experience.
During the admissions process, we will conduct a full evaluation. This will help us to understand your particular detox needs and create a detox plan that’s right for you. Detoxing from drugs can be difficult and uncomfortable. However, our medical detox program is designed to make the process as smooth and safe as possible. Our experienced team of professionals will be monitoring you 24/7 to make sure you’re as comfortable as possible.
Addiction to any of the following substances will often require an evaluation to determine your requirements for detox.
- Alcohol Addiction
- Prescription Drugs
- Synthetic Drugs
Our team will review your withdrawal symptoms and your history of addiction. However, if you are suffering from addiction related to one or more of the above substances you may be a good candidate for medical detox.
What Medications are Used During Drug Detox?
There are a variety of detox medications that may be used during your detoxification process. The detox medication that is right for you will be based on the substances you’re addicted to, the severity of your addiction, and any other underlying health conditions.
This detox medication is used to manage detox symptoms for those addicted to alcohol or opiates. Naltrexone acts as a long-acting opioid antagonist. This means that it attaches to the same receptors in the brain as opioids but does not produce the same euphoric effects.
Vivitrol is a long-acting form of naltrexone that is injected once a month. It can be used in detox and detox plus programs. Individuals can only get Vivitrol after being clean from opioids or alcohol for 7-10 days.
Methadone is a detox medication that is used to wean individuals off of heroin or other opiates. It works by binding to the same receptors in the brain as opioids but does not produce the same euphoric effects. Methadone is only available through special detox programs.
Sublocade is a new FDA-approved detox medication that is given as a once-monthly injection. It is a form of buprenorphine, which means it works by binding to the same receptors in the brain as opioids but does not produce the same euphoric effects.
Suboxone is a detox medication that is used to wean individuals off of heroin or other opiates. It works by binding to the same receptors in the brain as opioids but does not produce the same euphoric effects. Suboxone is available through special detox programs and can be prescribed by a doctor.
Naltrexone is a detox medication that blocks the effects of opioids. It is available as an injection or a daily pill. Vivitrol is the injectable form of Naltrexone. Similar to Vivitrol, in order to take Naltrexone individuals must abstain from alcohol or opioids for seven days.
Antipsychotics are detox medications that are used to treat symptoms of delirium, hallucinations, and agitation. They work by affecting the neurotransmitters in the brain. Antipsychotics can be used for alcohol or stimulant withdrawal where psychosis is often a symptom. It can also be used for those withdrawing with co-occurring mental health conditions.
Medications used to treat nausea and vomiting are called anti-emetics. These detox medications work by blocking the receptors in the brain that control nausea and vomiting. Anti-emetics can be used for alcohol, opioid, or stimulant withdrawal where nausea and vomiting are common symptoms.
Antidepressants are detox medications used to treat depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders. They work by affecting the neurotransmitters in the brain. Antidepressants can be used for alcohol or stimulant withdrawal where depression is often a symptom. It can also be used for those withdrawing with co-occurring mental health conditions.
What's Next After Drug Detox?
After detox, you’ll be able to start working on your recovery with our team of counselors and therapists. We’ll help you understand your addiction and develop healthy coping mechanisms. You’ll also have access to our adventure therapy and wellness programs, which help you build a foundation for long-term recovery.
At Eagle Creek Ranch we offer a comprehensive residential treatment program to follow medical detox. During our residential program, you’ll experience the beauty of Idaho’s surroundings and participate in our unique therapies that get you outside and invigorated during your recovery experience. We focus on building life skills and activating your ability to learn a new approach to a healthy life.
Eagle Creek Ranch is one of the leading drug detox centers in Idaho. We offer a variety of detox services designed to help you safely and comfortably detox from drugs and alcohol. Our detox services include:
- Medically supervised detox
- 24/7 monitoring by our clinical staff
- A variety of detox options to meet your needs
- Customized detox plans
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, we encourage you to reach out to us today. We can help you make the first step in overcoming addiction!
Kendall Maloof is the clinical director at Eagle Creek Ranch Recovery. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and has held multiple leadership roles before settling here at Eagle Creek. Kendall received her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2016. Her career in mental and behavioral health began in 2014 when she took up internships in both the nonprofit and for profit sectors. She interned at multiple reputable companies, such as The Living Success Center and 449 Recovery in California.
In 2019, Kendall became the clinical director of Sunsets Recovery for Woman, a dual diagnosis program in southern California. Kendall is a natural leader. She has an incredible ability to problem solve and stay calm in any situation. Kendall never fails to show up when she is needed, and her calm demeanor makes her team and clients feel at ease. Eagle Creek Ranch Recovery is proud to have Kendall as our clinical director.