The Importance of Detox for Substance Abuse
At Duffy’s Napa Valley Rehab in Northern California, we recognize how difficult it can be to take the first step towards sobriety. In many cases, the most intimidating aspect of ceasing one’s use of drugs or alcohol is the knowledge that, upon doing so, one will have to suffer through the uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal. In order to eliminate these distressing symptoms, and encourage individuals to begin their recovery journeys in a safe and healthy manner, we, at Duffy’s, are pleased to offer medically monitored detoxification services.
Detoxification, or detox, refers to the process of having substances of abuse safely removed from an individual’s system. At Duffy’s, we offer a detox program in an environment that offers safety and stability while also incorporating medical interventions that are designed to make the process as comfortable as it can be. The symptoms that typically accompany the withdrawal process are reduced, making the beginning of recovery one that is placed within reach.
Once the detoxification process is complete, and all substances of abuse have been cleared from an individual’s system, he or she can then seamlessly transition into the therapeutic aspect of programming that we offer here at Duffy’s.
If you or someone you love is in need of detoxification services in order to safely put an end to the abuse of drugs and/or alcohol, please do hesitate to seek out care via the detoxification track at Duffy’s Napa Valley Rehab.
Commonly Asked Questions about Our Drug & Alcohol Detox Program
How much does detox cost at Duffy’s?
Detox services are included in the cost of treatment. Out of pocket costs will vary depending on whether or not you use insurance or pay privately. Prescription medications, and ancillary services like laboratory costs, when necessary, are separate.
How long does detox last?
The length of detox will vary depending on, for example, what drug you are addicted to and how long the addiction has lasted. Most withdrawal symptoms will resolve within a week, although milder effects may linger for a few more days. Usually, guests at Duffy’s are able to move into their guest rooms within 2–3 days.
How do I know if I need an alcohol or drug detox program?
The detox process is about safety. The drugs you have been using are dangerous, but the withdrawal process can be equally dangerous without medical intervention. Our detox providers and trained support staff will do everything possible to provide some comfort while you are going through withdrawal, keeping in mind that safety is the primary goal. Coming down from any drug of abuse is an uncomfortable process. We cannot promise you will be symptom-free, but we can help you have a safe detox process, and we can promise we will be there for you as you go through the discomfort. We can also promise the discomfort will not last forever, and as long as you follow the directions of your treatment team, you will not have to go through the detox process multiple times. You will be much better off detoxing and breaking the cycle of addition with the support of the treatment team, than risking the alternative.
Although medical stabilization is an important part of the recovery process, we recognize that detox is not necessary for everyone. However, we strongly recommend medically-supervised detox if you
- Experience withdrawal symptoms
- Consume large amounts of alcohol (e.g. anything over a 12 pack of beer or pint of liquor per day)
- Drink or use every day and have been for years
- Take benzodiazepines (e.g. Valium, Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan), especially if taken alongside alcohol
- Shake, tremble or convulse (If this happens, it is life-threatening; seek immediate care.)
- Inject drugs
- Have other health problems
- Are severely depressed
- Have self-destructive thoughts or a history of suicide attempts
- Have tried unsuccessfully to detox on your own
If you’re unsure, it’s better to err on the safe side because detoxing from alcohol can be fatal.
Can I detox at home?
Yes, but detoxing at home can be dangerous. You cannot predict what is going to happen, and the misery of withdrawal only heightens the desire to drink or use.
If however, you do plan to detox at home, talk to a doctor with experience in addiction and withdrawal. Also, make sure that someone is with you around-the-clock to watch for and respond to life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. We encourage you to call us to get professional help. Don’t endanger yourself or a loved one!
Thank you for choosing your health over your addiction. Call Northern California’s premier drug & alcohol detox program, Duffy’s Napa Valley Rehab for support. We are here to help!