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Medical Detoxification Program

Our Medical Detox Program

Detoxing can often be one of the most intimidating and overwhelming steps in the recovery process. Many clients want to get clean, but can’t get around the fear of detoxification. They are afraid of the withdrawals and other uncomfortable symptoms that come as the substances leave your body. But the detox isn’t the “Hollywood Horror” it is so often made out to be.

Make the First Step Easier


Detox is usually the first step in the recovery program, especially for alcohol or benzos, as non-medical detoxes can result in death from these substances when not managed properly

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Prolonged use of drugs or alcohol can lead to a body’s dependence on these substances and quit “cold-turkey” which can actually be damaging to our clients’ health.

Upon entry to Archstone Behavioral Health’s treatment program, our team of highly trained, board-certified physicians and therapists evaluate our clients for stabilization and detoxification. We provide personalized care for each individual and help each client through the discomfort of substance or alcohol addiction.

Medical vs. Social Detox- Which is More Effective?

There are two categories of detoxification methods: Social model detox and medical detox. Is one more effective than the other? It is important to examine each model before arriving at an answer. 

First, a social model detox involves careful monitoring of the patient through a residential inpatient setting. The patient is not administered medication, but is assisted through the detox process with counseling and therapy. It can be effective in instances when life-threatening withdrawal symptoms are not an issue. 

Conversely, medical detox is detoxification combined with medical care - it often occurs in a hospital setting. Medical personnel carefully monitor and supervise the patient in this process, administering medication to assist in the withdrawal process.  

Both methods must involve careful monitoring and therapy to be effective. With a medical detox, it is guaranteed - a medical professional monitors the process throughout, in a hospital setting. The pain and risks associated with withdrawal are eased. Each case is treated differently. Each treatment plan is catered to the individual. 

Social model detoxification is not always as regimented. The social model detox as described above can be successful - and compared to medical detox, highly cost-effective. However, the pitfalls lie in the interpretation. Not all facilities have the same idea of what social detox is. Some believe that social detox can be successful in an outpatient setting, in which the patient performs checkup visits, while essentially dealing with withdrawal on his or her own. Depending on the length of time and level of substance abuse, this method can be a recipe for death. It may mean life-threatening withdrawal. Similarly, insufficient 24/7 monitoring often means higher risk of relapse, and overdose. 

Whether the social model or medical detoxification is recommended, it is important to remember that 24/7 monitoring and supervision is important. Detoxification should never be handled outside of an inpatient or hospital setting. When it comes to detoxification, one size does not fit all, but that does not mean the patient should have to take his or her own measurements. A medical professional should tailor each plan. 

Medical Staff on Hand 24/7

This is why we offer a medically assisted detox. The benefits of a medical detox are our well-trained staff that can be on hand 24-hours a day to accompany our clients through the discomfort of the detoxification process.

Safety is a Priority

At Archstone Recovery Behavioral Health, treatment is performed in an inpatient setting, monitored by a large team of medical professionals. Our top priority is the safety and recovery of our clients. Sometimes, symptoms associated with detoxification can include hallucinations, seizures, or other dangerous conditions. In a supervised medical detox, clients receive pharmaceuticals to reduce these withdrawal symptoms and relieve some pain associated with withdrawal.

What’s Next?

After completing the medical detoxification process, our clients will continue with their individualized treatment plans that may include different therapies and/or group activities, along with either our Residential Program, Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), or Partial Hospitalization Program.

A 2012 John Hopkins study found that while the relapse rate post-detox is 65 to 80 percent, recovering drug addicts who remained in treatment were 10 times more likely to stay drug-free. The level of time commitment to treatment is also an important factor. Research demonstrates there is a direct correlation between the length of time in treatment and rate of relapse. In other words, a commitment to treatment has a high rate of return for recovering drug abusers and can be an effective way to combat the perilous odds of relapse.

Recovery is possible, talk to our Intake Specialists today at (561) 945-8078 to get help today.

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