Our Medical Detox
While the main priority of every detox program is to ensure safe withdrawal in a medically supervised setting, at Garden State Detox we also believe that every effective detox program should set a solid foundation for long-term sobriety, and prepare each individual client for a seamless transition to the next appropriate level of clinical care.
How Does Medical Detox Work?
Medically monitored detox is a necessary first step on every single journey of addiction recovery. We treat the symptoms of withdrawal associated with many other chemical substances, including synthetic drugs and hallucinogens. Opioid addiction that includes heroin and prescription pills require medical detox, along with benzodiazepine dependence and chronic alcoholism.
We also have extensive experience treating withdrawal symptoms associated with polydrug abuse. For more information on our integrated and personalized detox programs, please reach out today. Our addiction specialists are available around the clock to answer all of your questions.
Let's go over the detox protocol and withdrawal symptoms for the most commonly abused substances that require medical detox.
Alcohol Detox (Chronic, Long-Term Alcoholism)
Individuals who have been abusing alcohol for any length of time will always need to enter into a medical detox facility, seeing as the symptoms of withdrawal can be life-threatening if left untreated. Complications presented by untreated alcohol withdrawal could include seizures, hallucinations, and delirium tremens (in extreme cases). Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is very often necessary when it comes to alcohol withdrawal. Our team of prescribing physicians will often administer a low-dosage of a mild benzodiazepine, which will alleviate the more severe physical symptoms and prevent these life-threatening complications from occurring. MAT is a short-term solution, and must be combined with therapeutic and holistic care in order to be truly effective.
Benzodiazepine Detox (Xanax, Valium, Ativan, Klonopin)
Benzodiazepine withdrawal, similarly to alcohol withdrawal, can be life-threatening when left untreated. Benzodiazepines are some of the most commonly prescribed medications throughout the United States, and include brand name drugs like Xanax, Valium and Klonopin. Because these medications are so powerful, symptoms of withdrawal can occur even after as little as one month of consistent use. 40 percent of individuals who quit suddenly will begin experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms within the first day or two. Some of the more common withdrawal severe symptoms include extreme agitation, insomnia, anxiety and panic attacks, hallucinations, delirium and grand mal seizures. The most effective way to detox off of benzodiazepines is by slowly tapering the dose. At Garden State Detox, our medical team will determine how quickly to taper the medication, and will check in with each individual client multiple times throughout the day and night to ensure that there are no complications and that no serious symptoms are occurring.
Opiate Detox (Heroin, Fentanyl, Prescription Opioids)
While detoxing from opiates is not typically life-threatening, it can be extremely uncomfortable – both physically and psychologically. At Garden State Detox, we believe in the clinical relevance of MAT when it comes to treating the more severe symptoms of opiate withdrawal. In many cases, we will utilize a combination of buprenorphine and naltrexone (Suboxone and Vivitrol) along with intensive behavioral counseling. Not only will these combination of medications help reduce the severity of physical symptoms (which typically include body aches and muscle cramping, insomnia, anxiety and depression, gastrointestinal issues and body tremors) but they will help alleviate the psychological cravings that lead many men and women to relapse before the detoxification process has been completed.
Stimulant Detox (Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Adderall, Ritalin)
While detoxing from opiates is not typically life-threatening, it can be extremely uncomfortable – both physically and psychologically. At Garden State Detox, we believe in the clinical relevance of MAT when it comes to treating the more severe symptoms of opiate withdrawal. In many cases, we will utilize a combination of buprenorphine and naltrexone (Suboxone and Vivitrol) along with intensive behavioral counseling. Not only will this combination of medications help reduce the severity of physical symptoms (which typically include body aches and muscle cramping, insomnia, anxiety and depression, gastrointestinal issues, and body tremors) but they will help alleviate the psychological cravings that lead many men and women to relapse before the detoxification process has been completed.
Get Your Life Back with Garden State Detox Centers of NJ
There is hope for those who are struggling with addiction or know someone struggling with addiction. You don’t have to go through it alone. The health professionals at Garden State Detox of New Jersey can help you or your loved ones retake control of their lives! Our mission is to help people from all over the state of New Jersey overcome severe alcohol and drug-related addictions and go on to live very, usually, happy lives.
Addiction is an actual illness with real consequences. According to the American Addiction Centers, over 8.2 million adults suffered from substance addiction in 2016, and not everyone receives treatment. Of those cases, only 48.1 percent had received proper treatment, which amounts to roughly 4.02 million people going untreated in 2016.
We at the Garden State Detox Centers of New Jersey want to make detox services available to everyone who wants to break the cycle of their addictions. We believe that most people want to break their habits; they cannot do it by themselves, and they feel hopelessly locked into their situations when that isn’t the case.
What Are Medical Detox Services
Medical detoxification is a service offered by Garden State Detox. When the Human body has become exposed to addictive substances over time, it develops a craving for that substance. Often, people will continue to feed that craving without realizing that, despite the feelings of euphoria this causes, they are putting themselves at grave risk of long-term health problems, many of which can eventually lead to premature death.
Medical detoxification processes reverse this trend, using a combination of medically assisted treatments and psychological and physical therapy to help patients cope with the withdrawal symptoms associated with substance abuse to detoxify the body slowly. It is a long, complicated process that can take several days.
The patient will need to remain at the facility during the detoxification process. This is so that the patient can be routinely monitored for adverse side effects to medications or complications due to withdrawal symptoms.
Does Detox Treat Addictions?
Remember, detox is only the first step on your road to recovery. Outpatient procedures or even multiple treatments will likely be needed to help you completely overcome your addiction. However, there have been minor cases where people can live happy lives after just one treatment. Therefore, the short answer is, “It’s possible, but don’t count on it.” The success of detox therapy will also depend on the person’s body chemistry, how long they have been using, what they’ve been using, and so on. No two cases are exactly alike.
Will My Insurance Cover Detox?
The short answer is “it depends on the provider.” Some providers will indeed cover medical detox services, especially in severe cases, and many inpatient detox centers accept both private insurance, as well as Medicare or Medicaid.
This is another issue that stops some people from seeking the treatment they need.
They fear having to pay a lot of money out-of-pocket. Do not be afraid to ask your insurance provider or have someone you know to ask. You never know for sure! If all else fails, we’re willing to work out a payment plan for our services that fits your budget because we feel that no one should have to go untreated for substance abuse simply because they cannot pay for services.
Common Withdrawal Symptoms
Patients will most likely experience withdrawal symptoms at some point in the detoxification process, and this is normal. Withdrawal symptoms can vary in intensity because of many factors.
Benzodiazepines are a class of depressants with psychoactive effects – in other words, they are used as neural tranquilizers. Valium and Xanax are well-known examples of Benzodiazepines. Withdrawal symptoms can become life-threatening when left untreated. Therefore, it is recommended that patients who are experiencing Benzodiazepine addiction check into a detox center as soon as possible.
These medications are so powerful that most adults can become hooked in as little as 30 days with consistent use. The most common withdrawal symptoms include anxiety, insomnia, extreme agitation, and panic attacks.
The only reliable way to detox from Benzodiazepine abuse is to lower the dosage gradually. Roughly 40 percent of people who have suddenly quit Benzodiazepines have experienced severe withdrawal symptoms, including seizures and, in some cases, death.
One of our certified medical professionals will determine how quickly to taper your dose. It is highly recommended that you not attempt to detox from Benzodiazepines yourself, as unassisted detox can be fatal.
Opiate withdrawals, while typically not life-threatening, can be highly uncomfortable for both body and mind. Along with behavioral changes, the physical withdrawal symptoms include body aches, insomnia, muscle cramping, depression, gastrointestinal issues, anxiety, and body tremors.
Treatment for Opiate withdrawals is super simple. In most cases, a combination of buprenorphine and naltrexone, together with intense behavioral therapy, will alleviate the physical and mental symptoms and prevent you from relapsing.
People suffering from chronic Alcoholism are advised to check into rehab. Just like with Benzodiazepines, the withdrawal symptoms of alcohol can become life-threatening if they’re left unchecked. Complications from untreated alcohol withdrawal symptoms may include seizures or hallucinations. Some patients can also experience delirium in extreme cases, an acutely disturbed state of mind that can put patients and their families at risk.
In the event of serious complications, a small dosage of a benzodiazepine-based tranquilizer such as Valium or medication will usually alleviate the symptoms. Medically-assisted treatments are a possible temporary option, but they will often need to be combined with holistic and therapeutic treatments to have an appreciable effect.
Stimulants are the inverse of Benzodiazepines. Hence, benzodiazepines decrease neural activity, stimulants increase neural activity, and stimulant addiction is just as real as benzodiazepine addiction. As you use stimulants over time, your body becomes reliant on stimulants to maintain cognitive ability and focus. When you suddenly stop taking stimulants, your body has to relearn how to keep those abilities again.
The effects of stimulant withdrawals can be moderate to severe but are rarely life-threatening. Psychological withdrawals are often very similar to depression.
That depression will often lead patients to relapse later on. You may also experience suicidal tendencies, fatigue, irritability, an inability to experience pleasure during sex, and possible disruptions in your standard sleep patterns.
A rigorous treatment process is required that often involves medications to help you cope with depression and suicidal tendencies, along with psychological therapy. Serotonin inhibitors may also help deal with any long-term psychological effects.
Our trained medical staff can help you cope with any withdrawal symptoms you may experience. If necessary, they may prescribe non-addictive pain medications to ease any pain associated with your withdrawal symptoms.
Contact Garden State Detox of NJ to Schedule an Appointment
If you need more information on our detox methods or need to set up a procedure, please don’t hesitate to call us or visit us at our office.