At any given moment, there are millions of Americans struggling with addiction to drugs and alcohol. Out of those millions, only ten percent will seek treatment to recover from their addiction. Addiction is one of the most destructive things someone can deal with, so why are so few people willing to enter a detox center?

The answer to that question may be the fact that many people don’t know what the detox process entails. Thankfully, we’re lifting the curtain to give you an idea of what to expect during detox. While Long Island Recovery Center does not offer detox services, our certified sister facilities provide alcohol and drug detox program services and protocols that help alleviate negative physical effects that accompany withdrawal. Read on to learn all about it!

Why Consider an Inpatient Detox?

If you’re ready to start your recovery, you may be wondering why you should consider completing your detox on an inpatient basis. You might think it’s far more comfortable for you to complete the process from the comfort of your own home. That’s actually the opposite of what you need during detox.

Detox isn’t as simple as going cold turkey and dealing with withdrawals. The withdrawal process itself can be dangerous if completed without medical supervision. At the very least, inpatient detox removes the temptation to use again to make the difficulty of withdrawal stop.

Intake Process

The first thing you’ll have to complete during detox is an intake. The staff at the detox facility will have you complete detailed paperwork and fill out an initial assessment. It’s important for you to be as honest as possible during intake so that your detox can be tailored to your specific needs.

You’ll also get to tour the facility during your intake and settle into the room in which you’ll be staying during the detox process.

Mental and Physical Health Evaluations

After completing your intake, you will begin a series of mental and physical health evaluations. These evaluations are meant to make detox fit your individual needs and increase your chances of success.

Physicians will meet with you to discuss your full medical history as well as other important factors like your physical fitness and nutritional needs. Mental health professionals will conduct an evaluation to discern if there are any underlying mental health issues that need to be handled and ask about any current medication you’re taking.

The Weaning Process

After all intake and evaluation processes are complete, then you will begin the process of weaning off of the substances to which you are addicted. This can be a difficult process, which is why detox centers have medical supervision.

During detox, you can expect to experience symptoms like anxiety, headache, sweating, nausea or vomiting, irritability, or insomnia. More severe symptoms can include high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, and more. Doctors will monitor you during detox and make sure you are well-cared for to make the process more comfortable.

Treatment Process

It addition to medically-supervised detox, detox facilities may also provide opportunities for counseling to help you deal with your emotions during the process. Take advantage of the myriad individual and group counseling opportunities available at your detox center. You should also take advantage of opportunities for health-promoting activities like physical fitness and meditation.

How Long Will You Be in a Detox Center?

There’s no hard and fast answer to this question because it depends on a number of variables. The facility in which you complete your detox will evaluate the amount of time you need to be there based upon the substance or substances to which you are addicted as well as any health conditions that could complicate your detox. Factors like the amount of drugs or alcohol you take and the length of time you have been addicted also impact the amount of time you’re in detox.

Finally, it will also depend on the amount of time in which you want to stay at the facility post-detox. If you’re planning on completing the full rehab process at the facility, then you will be there much longer than someone who is rehabbing on an outpatient basis. Expect to be in the detox facility anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.

Post-Detox Plans

Once you have finished detoxing from drugs or alcohol, your body is technically no longer addicted to any kind of substance, but that doesn’t mean you’re done with your recovery. You have a couple of options to take next to increase your chances of lifelong recovery.

Inpatient Rehab

Many people choose to complete an inpatient rehab program following their detox process. Inpatient rehab means that you stay at the facility for a much longer amount of time to help you better adjust to life post-addiction.

Inpatient rehab has 24-hour medical and mental health support for patients and it can last anywhere from 28 days to six months or more. The downside is that it can be quite expensive and you’ll have to remove yourself completely from things like work and family life while you recover. For those reasons, many people only choose inpatient rehab for serious addictions.

Outpatient Rehab

In outpatient rehab, you still complete the rehab process, but you do it from the comfort of your own home, surrounded by friends and loved ones. You’ll dedicate about 10 to 12 hours per week to visiting the rehab facility to complete the rehab process.

With outpatient rehab, you’ll be able to resume your normal life straight away, but it can also mean that you’ll be exposed to temptations straight out of detox. It’s less expensive than an inpatient rehab program, but it also has a lower overall rate of success. Outpatient works well for people who have a mild addiction to drugs or alcohol.

Ready to Change Your Life?

Making the decision to go to a detox center isn’t an easy one, but it will forever change your life for the better if you stick with your recovery. Recovery is a lifelong process, so don’t be afraid to continue to seek help when you need it. With some work, you’ll be living a better and healthier life!

Are you in Long Island and ready to get started on turning your life around and recovering from your addiction to drugs or alcohol? We can help you with your recovery. Contact us today to learn how we can help you!