Quitting alone can be dangerous. Professional monitoring and support make all the difference.
it’s not as easy as just stopping
Detox is the term used for the natural phase a person undergoes as a result of stopping drug or alcohol misuse. When the human body becomes accustomed to certain quantities of a mood-altering substance, it goes into a state of withdrawal when substance use ceases. Physically, the body must work to readjust how it functions, since its chemical makeup has changed. The body must also rid itself of toxins that have built up from substance use. During this process, a person will experience withdrawal symptoms, which can range from uncomfortable to severe (even dangerous). This is why a patient at a treatment center will receive supervision and sometimes Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) to mitigate the symptoms and effects of withdrawal.
Symptoms of Detox and Withdrawal
The vast majority of people who have used substances extensively or for long periods of time will experience some measure of withdrawal symptoms. Severity of symptoms will depend on the type of substance, the amount used and the duration.
Common Detox Symptoms Include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Insomnia (or adversely, drowsiness)
- Muscle aches and cramping
- Inability to concentrate
Why is Monitoring important during detox?
Meeting each person’s Needs — in Detox and Beyond
At The Meadows Malibu, we meet the needs of each person during detox, conducting evaluations throughout the process, and adjusting treatment accordingly. “We can customize a detox protocol,” says Rick Campa, our medical director. “Everyone has their own tolerances to the substances they’re coming in for. … We will use withdrawal scores to evaluate the patient, and based on those scores, I can better treat them for their detox.”
We may also utilize MAT to quiet withdrawal symptoms depending on what substances a person has been using. Our team is focused on helping patients be present enough to participate in therapy while also making them as comfortable as possible during the detox phase.
But what happens after detox? As a patient progresses in treatment, we pay attention to what he or she feels like is helpful in the healing process. “Something that makes us really unique is the lengths we will go to meet someone’s needs,” says Executive Director Cassandra Copperfield. “We truly customize every single person’s treatment plan and their stay. And we go above and beyond that as well. It’s not just those obvious needs … it’s when someone gets here and they realize what’s really helping them. Whatever it is that’s really helping that person, we’ll get it on their schedule.”
We’re Ready to Help
Is it time to take that next step? Our Admissions team is here to help 24 hours a day and will treat you with compassion, dignity, and respect. The Meadows’ Admissions Specialists are here to help you on your way to the healthier, more fulfilling life you imagine. If you are interested in The Meadows Malibu for yourself or a loved one, call or fill out a contact form today!