Detoxification at Pinelands
Detoxification is the first step in successfully overcoming a substance abuse disorder. Detoxification rids the body of any unhealthy or harmful chemicals, including both drugs and alcohol. Once an individual stops using drugs or alcohol, they can be at risk of physical withdrawal symptoms, as the body is not used to functioning without the abused substance. These withdrawal symptoms can be minimal or can be life-threatening, depending on the substance of abuse and the severity of the substance use disorder. Withdrawal symptoms include, but are not limited to, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, muscle aches, irritability, seizures and headaches.
Pinelands utilizes the latest evidence-based treatment modalities and resources to ensure that the detoxification process is safe, comfortable and effective. Depending on the severity of the substance use disorder, the substance of abuse and the individual, detoxification on average can take 5 to 14 days. Patients are placed in a quiet environment with minimal distractions to ease any anxiety or withdrawal-related symptoms. Each patient is treated with the utmost care and compassion throughout the detoxification phase. If you or a loved one want to explore detox treatment at Pinelands, contact us today.
Medications are administered to patients who are at risk of withdrawal symptoms. Medication-assisted detox has been proven to be effective in treating most substance use disorders, particularly alcohol use disorder, opioid use disorder and benzodiazepine use disorder. Specific medications are tailored to the drug of abuse and administered until the patient is no longer at risk of withdrawal. Each patient is assessed on an individualized basis by the medical staff at Pinelands before any medications are administered. Throughout the detoxification process, each patient is monitored around the clock to ensure that vital signs are stable and withdrawal symptoms are minimal. The following are some of the medications that are used in medication-assisted detox:
- Naltrexone (Vivitrol)
Some medications, such as suboxone and Vivitrol, may be given for long-term use. In fact, approximately half of the patients at Pinelands who are treated with medication-assisted detox are discharged on Vivitrol.
Treatment after Detoxification
Because detoxification is the first step in treatment, the next important goal is to encourage the individual to continue their recovery process. After the patient completes detoxification and they are no longer at risk of withdrawal symptoms, they will enter into the appropriate level of care where they can undergo the best therapeutic approaches that match their needs. Substance use disorder treatment is a physical, mental and emotional process, and detoxification works to treat the physical aspect of the substance use disorder. As a result, each patient is placed in either residential treatment or partial hospitalization after detoxification to ensure that they receive the best care to treat the deeper underlying emotional and mental aspects associated with substance use disorder.