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Medical Detox in Las Vegas for Drug and Alcohol Addiction

It’s estimated that more than 16% of Las Vegas residents used an illicit drug in the past year. Many of these individuals have fallen into drug or alcohol dependency. Someone experiencing a substance use disorder may want to stop, but a physical addiction to drugs or alcohol can make it hard and even dangerous to quit cold turkey. Landmark Recovery of Las Vegas is the only rehab facility in the city to offer medical detox outside of a hospital setting. Our clinicians are trained to provide medical support to make the detox process as safe and comfortable as possible.

Before entering an inpatient rehab facility, some patients need to go through medical detox from drugs or alcohol, depending on how often and how long they’ve been using. Detox is often necessary when a person has experienced chronic substance abuse and is at risk of painful and often serious withdrawal symptoms. Abruptly stopping can be deadly, especially when someone has been drinking or taking drugs consistently, even for a short period of time. So, what exactly happens during medical detox?

What is Medical Detox?

A man receives IV therapy at a medical detox facility in Las Vegas.

Medical detoxification (detox) is the process of cleansing the body from a substance such as drugs or alcohol. A healthcare

provider monitors patients during detox, checking not only their vital signs but helping to ease the symptoms of their withdrawal. The process of detoxing is adjusted to accommodate the needs of each patient, whether medication or some type of therapy is required.

The goal of medical detox is to reduce the risk of physical harm to an individual from the side effects of stopping chronic use of drugs or alcohol. Because the body can respond negatively to the withdrawal of these chemicals, detox should always be done under the supervision of a medical professional. At Landmark Recovery of Las Vegas we take steps to make detox as comfortable and safe as possible.

Once the detox process is completed patients typically enter an inpatient rehab program for drug and alcohol addiction treatment.

How Long Does It Take to Detox in Las Vegas?

Our Las Vegas detox facility handles every patient differently. The amount of time it takes to safely wean someone off a substance depends on many factors, such as what substance the patient has used. How recently they used this substance and the severity of their withdrawal symptoms also come into play when the length of detox is determined. Because of this, individuals should allow three to 14 days for the detox process to run its course. The goal is to flush out all traces of drugs and alcohol in the patient’s body, while keeping them as comfortable and healthy as possible.

Detox Withdrawal Symptoms

During an active addiction a person’s brain circuitry and chemistry changes as the substance they use takes hold. The body and brain can develop an unhealthy dependency to drugs or alcohol. When these substances are removed from the body it can trigger adverse reactions in the brain, leading to uncomfortable and in some cases life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. Symptoms of withdrawal from drugs an alcohol can include:

  • Nausea
  • Muscle aces
  • Diarrhea
  • Anxiety and irritability
  • Shaking
  • Itching
  • Sweating
  • Irregular Heartbeat
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Suicidal thoughts

Some people experience depression and hallucinations as they detox. They may not want to talk to friends or family and may even try to harm themselves. Choosing to detox under medical supervision will be much safer and more comfortable than trying to detox by yourself.

It is imperative that an individual seeks treatment from a medical professional rather than attempting to abruptly quit using a substance so their withdrawal symptoms can be monitored closely and treated properly.

Medical Detox in Las Vegas

Landmark Recovery of Las Vegas is an addiction treatment center in Nevada, located off the Gragson Freeway. Unlike many boutique and resort-style rehab centers, we offer the most affordable treatment in Nevada. We accept most major insurance programs and offer financing options to help you manage the cost of addiction services. In addition to medical detox, Landmark Recovery of Las Vegas also offers inpatient treatment, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient (IOP) treatment.

Medical Detox vs Inpatient Rehab

So, what’s the difference between medical detox and inpatient rehab?

While medical detox is the first step in preparing the mind and body for treatment, inpatient rehab is the actual addiction treatment itself, referring to physician and therapy services you receive during your stay at an addiction rehabilitation center. The two go hand-in-hand, but detox is not necessary for everyone entering treatment.

If you’re curious as to whether you need to medically detox before starting treatment, or if you or someone you know is seeking addiction treatment, call 725-217-9910 to talk to a recovery specialist today.

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