Detoxification, often simply called “detox,” involves clearing the body of toxins and harmful substances like drugs. The detox process may be uncomfortable, but it is crucial in achieving improved health and wellness, and is an important step in rehabilitation and recovery. Depending on the drugs that have been used, a detox program may include taking specific supplements, drinking certain liquids designed for detoxification, eating prescribed foods, or fasting. Depending on usage history and intensity, detoxification often lasts for the first 4 to 7 days of treatment. At Landmark, our detoxification period is monitored 24/7 by a Registered Nurse, with both a Psychiatrist and an Internal Medicine specialist rounding on the patient daily and available on call throughout the day and night, as needed.
For certain heroin users, our medical detoxification protocol often involves the use of buprenorphrine, more commonly known by its brand name, Suboxone. This prescription alleviates many symptoms of opiate withdrawal and provides for a more comfortable detoxification period. At Landmark, our protocol calls for buprenorphrine over the course of the first nine days of treatment, after which time the patient transitions off of the prescription.