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An Inpatient Alcohol Detox Program is Part of a Full Continuum of Care

Many times when patients dealing with alcohol addiction decide to get treatment, the first step is an inpatient alcohol detox program. Whether you need detox or not depends on the amount of time you have been abusing alcohol and the quantity you regularly consume. An assessment is usually performed at the beginning of treatment and then detox, if necessary, will be recommended at that time. You may know that you need detox if you have ever tried to quit alcohol and then experienced a myriad of uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.

An alcohol detox program is an intervention to mitigate withdrawal symptoms when patients have formed a chemical dependency on the substance. Your body and brain begin compensating for the use of alcohol over a period of time and ceasing use could cause severe symptoms like seizure or stroke. Medically monitored detox uses various medications to reduce withdrawal symptoms and help patients detox from the substance safely. Ultimately, detox addresses the physical aspect of addiction to drugs or alcohol.

What to Expect at an Inpatient Alcohol Detox or Drug Detox Program

Inpatient alcohol detox is the first step on a journey to recovery from alcohol addiction and it usually lasts from a week to 14 days. Withdrawal symptoms are typically mitigated with medication, but patients might experience headache, depression, fatigue or nausea among other symptoms. 1st Step Behavioral Health in Pompano Beach, Florida primarily uses Suboxone Medication Therapy for opiate addiction, as an example.

Another important aspect of detox is giving patients access to good nutrition and healthy food. Addiction, whether to alcohol or drugs, tends to have terrible effects on the body and many patients also experience a lack of appetite, which makes it even harder to get decent nutrition. During detox, patients are likely to feel some manner of sickness and fatigue, which can be mitigated with healthy eating and exercise.

Treatment After an Inpatient Alcohol Detox Program

Detox is only the beginning of recovery from addiction and if patients stop at detox, most likely they will experience a relapse. At 1st Step Behavioral Health, a step-down level of care is available and usually starts with detox, then proceeds to inpatient care and from there partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and then general outpatient. With this model, patients can gradually transition from intense treatment to less intense treatment as their recovery progresses. This is often very beneficial to patients with long-term addiction issues as it can be difficult to transition from a period of treatment directly back into regular life again.

Overcoming addiction doesn’t happen overnight, but with professional drug or alcohol rehab it is possible. Don’t wait to reach out and find help. Make that important decision today and give 1st Step Behavioral Health a call today at (866) 319-6126.

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Is Residential Detox Necessary for Recovery?

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), detox is a necessary part of recovery. But as this leader in study and awareness of the behavioral science of addiction also clarifies, detox is only the first step toward recovery. Rehabilitation after detox is required for long-term freedom from addiction.

How Residential Detox Helps Patients Prepare for Rehab

Residential detox helps patients working to overcome substance use disorders prepare for treatment by cleansing the body of abused substances. This detoxification is often initially a source of great stress for patients who feel overwhelmed by the psychological burden of recovery. However, by enlisting the help of professional detox providers in a residential setting, patients are able to comfortably remove the drugs or alcohol from their system while gaining the support and guidance they need to prepare for rehab.

Also according to SAMHSA, residential detox is an opportunity to do the following:

  • Make concise plans for your future with the newfound clarity of sobriety
  • Clear your life of people with whom you formerly used
  • Acknowledge sources of anger and other emotions that lead you to use, so you can address and avoid those triggers
  • Enlist support from friends and family
  • Map new routes to avoid exposure to dealers and bars
  • Determine who you should not expose yourself to during recovery, due to their frequent use of substances you must avoid
  • Enlist help from loved ones to clean your home and car of items used for substance abuse
  • List the bad effects of alcohol and drugs on your life so you can gain strength toward rehab’s purpose while gaining hope for recovery
  • Rest, relax and sleep to prepare and energize for rehab

Residential Detox Builds Physical Strength

Residential detoxification doesn’t just cleanse the body of abused substances. It also helps strengthen the body in preparation for rehabilitation and a healthier future.

When patients have abused drugs or alcohol for a period of time, their bodies are most often depleted of essential nutrients. Imbalanced nutrition can not only make detox symptoms stronger, but can also lead to less efficient cognitive processes, poor decision making, mood problems and general poor health. During daily supervised detox with 24-hour support, patients enjoy well-balanced, nutritious meals to bring their bodies back to good health.

Nutritional support during residential detox may sound like a minor consideration but it isn’t. This supportive care can help ensure that patients make the right decision toward rehab and ultimate recovery. It can also help prevent them from becoming dehydrated, physically ill and excessively uncomfortable during the detox process. These feelings often lead patients back to their substance abuse.

1st Step Behavioral Health Provides a Continuum from Detox to Aftercare

1st Step Behavioral Health supports patients from detox through aftercare by providing a continuum of support, care and guidance that they need to gain solid footing in early recovery. Without this type of support, recovery can be tentative and short-lived, at best.

At 1st Step Behavioral Health, detox is safe and uses professional medical treatments to help manage symptoms of withdrawal. These measures can only be accomplished in a residential setting like that of 1st Step Behavioral Health, and will ensure patients don’t fall victim to seizures, respiratory depression or stroke.

If you (or someone you love) are ready to leave substance abuse behind and enjoy a supportive continuum of detox and rehabilitative care, 1st Step Behavioral Health can help. Call (866) 319-6126 now for more information about residential detoxification at 1st Step Behavioral Health, where your new life is ready to begin.