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Medical Detox

Drug or alcohol withdrawal is challenging and risky when people quit “cold turkey” or at home. It can cause painful symptoms and mental health issues. Landmark Recovery’s medical detox program provides a safe and lasting solution.

Our experts create a controlled environment for those struggling with substance use disorders (SUDs) to go through withdrawal. They use medications to ease the discomfort and support a smooth recovery. Our support doesn’t stop there, though. 

We provide ongoing addiction treatment to help people:

  • Address the root causes of their substance abuse
  • Learn essential coping skills
  • Overcome cravings and resist the urge to use drugs or alcohol

medically managed detox involves around the clock withdrawal symptom management with medications to ease discomfort and help people struggling with drugs or alcohol prepare for ongoing treatment like therapy or outpatient services

What is Medical Detox?

Medical detox is a closely watched process where trained medical experts help you safely cleanse your body from harmful substances, usually drugs or alcohol. This process includes:

  • 24/7 withdrawal symptom management
  • Comfort through withdrawal medicines
  • Preparing you for the next steps of addiction treatment

Why Choose Landmark Recovery’s Detox Program?

Our detox program supports people going through drug or alcohol withdrawal. You’ll face challenges during this process, and we’re here to help you transition to a recovery-focused environment. 

  • Customized Detox Plans: We create personalized plans to address your drug or alcohol problems.
  • Smooth Transition: You’ll seamlessly move to inpatient or outpatient rehab based on your needs.
  • Therapy Sessions: Our sessions teach effective strategies to cope with relapse triggers and cravings safely.
  • Continuous Support: We provide ongoing support through alumni events, sober living options, and recovery coaching.

Landmark Recovery’s detox program isn’t just addiction treatment – it’s your stepping stone to a sober future, all in one place.

The Landmark Recovery Advantage

  • Expert Medical Care: Our expert staff, including those with personal recovery experience, understand what you’re going through and can provide the guidance you need.
  • Safe & Supportive Environment: We offer a safe and supportive setting to ensure your comfort and well-being.
  • Clear Path to Recovery: Our program provides a guided pathway to recovery, helping you overcome addiction and achieve a sober future.
  • Comprehensive Services: We offer all-in-one treatment services under one roof, making your recovery journey more convenient and accessible.

To learn more about our medical detox program, call 888-448-0302. For more topics about drug and alcohol detox or other services we offer, check out our blog page.

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Why You Shouldn’t Attempt Medical Detox Alone

While it is possible to detox at home, it’s strongly recommended to seek professional support at a certified drug and alcohol detox center like Landmark Recovery. Here’s why medical experts advise against detoxing alone:

  • Health Risks: Detoxing alone can be risky, leading to dehydration, seizures, and heart problems. Professional, 24/7 supervision ensures your health and safety throughout the process.
  • Unpredictable Withdrawal: Withdrawal symptoms can be intense and unpredictable without professional guidance. With round-the-clock supervision, medical experts can closely monitor your symptoms and provide necessary interventions.
  • Custom Care: Certified detox centers offer personalized support tailored to your needs. Professionals assess your condition, develop a customized detox plan, and adjust it as needed.
  • Safe and Comfortable Environment: Detox centers provide a secure, distraction-free setting for your well-being. With 24/7 supervision, trained staff can address any emergencies or complications promptly.
  • Comprehensive Support: Professional centers offer therapy, counseling, and addiction education to equip you with essential skills. The continuous presence of medical experts ensures you receive comprehensive care and support after detox.

Choose professional, round-the-clock supervision at a certified detox center for a safer and more supportive detox experience. This level of care significantly increases your chances of successful recovery.

When Detox Becomes Necessary

Regular or repeated use of drugs or alcohol can lead to tolerance and uncontrollable cravings, indicating a need for medical detox. At Landmark Recovery, our comprehensive detox program provides the necessary support to manage withdrawal symptoms safely. After completing detox, you can seamlessly transition to our addiction treatment programs, all conveniently located in one place. These programs equip you with the skills and resources to choose a life of recovery over addiction.

What Are the Symptoms of Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal?

When someone decides to quit drugs or alcohol, their body goes through changes that can cause various symptoms. At Landmark Recovery, we understand how challenging this can be, which is why our caring team is here to support you. Let’s look at some common withdrawal symptoms associated with alcohol and commonly abused drugs.

Alcohol Withdrawal

If you’ve been drinking heavily for a while and then decide to stop, you might experience symptoms like:

  • Shaky hands, feeling anxious, and struggling to focus.
  • Feeling irritable, having mood swings, and having trouble sleeping.
  • Sweating more than usual, feeling nauseous, and getting headaches.

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Opioid Withdrawal

Let’s say you’ve been using opioids like Oxycodone and want to quit. You may face symptoms such as:

  • Aching muscles, and you may feel restless with a faster heartbeat.
  • You might experience nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
  • Anxiety, depression, and mood swings could also occur.

Benzodiazepine Withdrawal

If you’ve been taking benzodiazepines like Xanax and decide to stop, you might encounter symptoms like:

  • Feeling anxious, having panic attacks, and feeling restless.
  • Trouble sleeping, trembling, and struggling to concentrate.
  • Your heart rate may increase, and you might find yourself sweating more.

Stimulant Withdrawal

Now, picture misusing stimulant drugs like Adderall or Ritalin and deciding to quit. You might notice symptoms like:

  • Feeling extremely tired, lacking energy, and needing more sleep.
  • Feeling down, losing interest in things you used to enjoy.
  • Experiencing increased appetite, gaining weight, and having strong cravings.

Our certified alcohol detox center at Landmark Recovery provides 24/7 monitoring and tailored treatment to ease these symptoms. Having drug and alcohol detox services in one location offers convenience and comprehensive care for a successful treatment experience.

What is DTs (Delirium Tremens)?

DTs, or Delirium Tremens, is a serious condition that occurs during alcohol withdrawal and can be life-threatening. It causes severe symptoms that require immediate medical attention, including:

  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Fever

Our experienced clinical staff at Landmark Recovery closely monitors and provides specialized care for those experiencing DTs. With our integrated approach to drug and alcohol detox, you’ll receive the critical support you need under one roof, ensuring your safety and well-being throughout the detox process.

How Long Does it Take to Detox from Alcohol?

A recovery from alcohol addiction will typically begin with detox to eliminate alcohol from your body. While it only takes about a day after your last drink for alcohol to leave your body it can take several days before you find relief from withdrawal symptoms. This is because long-term alcohol usage impacts brain chemistry. Over time, the body develops a tolerance to alcohol, which means you need to drink more and more in order to feel buzzed or drunk.

The brain responds to increased alcohol intake by producing higher amounts of neurotransmitters. When you stop drinking there will be a period of time, often several days, when the brain continues to produce these neurotransmitters, which causes withdrawal symptoms.

Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

Mild alcohol withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Anxiety
  • Tremors
  • Fever
  • Irritability
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue

Severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Seizures
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Powerful tremors
  • Delusions
  • High Fever

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How Long Do Drugs Stay in Your Body?

Most drugs can be detected in urine for a few days after use. Knowing how long drugs can be detected in your system is important for creating an effective addiction treatment plan.

The following factors influence detection time:

  • Age
  • Weight
  • Activity level
  • Drug type
  • Amount used
  • Duration of use

At Landmark Recovery, we use drug tests to monitor progress and identify substances used by patients.

Drug Testing

The most common drug test, SAMHSA-5, checks for:

  • Amphetamines
  • Marijuana (THC)
  • Cocaine
  • Opiates
  • Phencyclidine (PCP)

Drugs are metabolized in the liver and eliminated through urine. Blood and breath tests detect recent drug use, while urine tests have a longer detection window. Hair tests can detect drugs over a longer period. Detection windows vary based on drug and test methods.

Drug detection windows

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Our medical team may recommend medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to manage withdrawal symptoms during detox. MAT, along with clinical health monitoring, reduces the risk of relapse or death. Common detox medications include:

  • Anticonvulsants and Anti-Nausea Medications: Ease physical drug withdrawal symptoms like seizures, nausea, and diarrhea during drug detox. Examples include Gabapentin, Tegretol, Zofran, and Dramamine.
  • Campral: Treats alcohol withdrawal symptoms and promotes long-term sobriety. Stimulates GABA receptors and suppresses NMDA receptors to restore brain balance.
  • Suboxone: Combines buprenorphine (activates opioid receptors) and naloxone (blocks opioid effects) to treat opioid addiction. Gradually reduces dependence and minimizes withdrawal symptoms.
  • Buprenorphine: Targets opioid receptors and manages withdrawal symptoms and cravings during medical detox, with less potency than Suboxone.

These medications, administered in a certified detox center like Landmark Recovery, alleviate discomfort and improve the chances of successfully overcoming drug and alcohol addiction. Therefore, it’s crucial to have professional guidance and comprehensive care throughout the detox process.

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Is Detox Dangerous?

Detox can be a dangerous and potentially life-threatening process without the proper help and support. Withdrawal from alcohol can produce complications such as convulsions, where the body goes into epileptic seizures, and cardiac arrhythmia, where the heart goes into spasms, two possibly fatal outcomes for heavy drinkers who go cold turkey. This is why hospital and treatment center staff will sometimes advise individuals to continue drinking before checking in for treatment.

At Landmark Recovery’s detox center, patient withdrawal is medically managed in a supportive residential environment with 24/7 care providers available to monitor for possibly life-threatening withdrawal symptoms such as seizures and DTs.

What is Medical Detox Like?

Step 1: Comprehensive Evaluation

When you arrive at one of our rehab facilities, our caring staff will evaluate your health history and addiction. We’ll do physical and psychiatric exams to understand your unique needs. We need to create a personalized treatment plan just for you.

We’ll also involve your family in the process because having their support is crucial.

Step 2: Custom Treatment Plan

Within 24 hours of admission, our intake clinician or primary addiction counselor will conduct a thorough evaluation and develop a master treatment plan. This plan will address your health needs and guide you through withdrawal. We’ll ensure you have all the care and resources necessary for successful detoxification.

Step 3: Ongoing Support and Discharge Planning

While you’re with us, our medical team will provide continuous support and help you explore options for ongoing care. We’ll create a personalized discharge plan that includes outpatient services and access to our alumni support network. Our goal is to ensure that you have the necessary tools and resources for a successful recovery journey beyond detox.

When Can I Leave?

You can leave our medical detox center when the following discharge criteria are met:

  • Your medical condition no longer requires 24/7 care (ASAM criteria).
  • You and your family actively participate in treatment and discharge planning.
  • You don’t experience severe issues like active suicidal thoughts, violent behavior, or life-threatening conditions.

How Can I Get More Information about Drug and Alcohol Detox?

If you or a loved one needs help, call our confidential admissions line at any time: 888-448-0302. We understand that addiction is a disease, and seeking help is a courageous step. At our detox centers, we offer a supportive environment and the tools you need to overcome drug or alcohol addiction. Take the important first step towards reclaiming your life, and contact us today.