The Importance of Detox for Substance Abuse
At Duffy’s Napa Valley Rehab, 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 detox 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 either reduced or eliminated completely, making the beginning of recovery one that is placed easily 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 Detox
How much does detox cost at Duffys?
The doctor’s fee for a typical detoxification varies depending on the substance used and the severity of withdrawal. The specific cost and payment arrangements will be handled directly with the doctor or his staff. At Duffy’s, detox is a separate fee from the cost of residential rehab, and the detoxification fee does not normally include medications.
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 alcohol or drug detox?
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!