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Drug Detoxification and Treatment Programs

Vertava Health of Ohio Rehab offers successful, evidence-based treatment programs to free yourself from the restraints of addiction.

We all come into this world the same way, but along the way most of us run into different trials and tribulations. We aren’t all the same and neither are our problems. Some of these problems might include difficulty finding the right career, saving money, dealing with loss or battling an addiction.

For addiction, there’s always a solution—and what works for one might not work for another. Here at Vertava Health of Ohio, we understand that everyone’s experience with addiction is the same. Each unique experience requires individualized treatment and therapy that will address each individual’s specific needs. We also recognize that issues with mental health can co-occur alongside addiction and should be addressed in treatment.

In this article, we’ll discuss the drug detoxification process and what you can expect from detox treatment. At Vertava Health of Ohio, we can help you get on your road to recovery.

Detox From Drugs – Types Of Addictions

Addiction is a condition that is based around obsession and compulsion, therefore it must be treated as such, by both professionals and patients. It’s important to recognize and understand that addiction is not just as simple as choice, but a very complex and individual experience that can be improved and addressed through treatment.

Very broadly, pretty much anything that makes you feel good can cause an addiction; this happens because a substance triggers the dopamine in the brain and causes euphoria. Over time, the brain becomes accustomed to that feeling of euphoria and each time a substance is used, the brain craves more of it. When this cycle is repeated enough, an addiction can become severe. Addiction can be challenging to break out of because of how accustomed the brain and body have become to the substance. Most of the people that we treat at Vertava Health of Ohio suffer from a substance use or mental health disorder.

Some Types Of Substance Addictions We Treat At Our Detox Facility Include:

  • Alcohol
  • Opioids (Heroin, Oxycontin, Morphine, etc)
  • Cocaine and Crack
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Methamphetamine
  • Amphetamines
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Barbiturates
  • Phencyclidine (PCP)
  • Marijuana
  • Inhalants

Understanding Drug Detox and Recovery

In order to understand the necessity of drug detox in the addiction treatment process, it’s important to first understand the approach we take to drug addiction treatment. Addiction treatment is “intended to help addicted individuals stop compulsive drug seeking and use” according to National Institute on Drug Abuse. Treatment can occur in a variety of settings, take many forms, and last for different lengths of time. Because drug addiction is typically a chronic disorder characterized by occasional relapses, a short-term, one-time treatment is usually not sufficient. Addiction can take place in a lot of situations; but some of the most common contributing factors are environmental or genetic.

Drug addiction treatment is a process that looks different for everybody. Despite the differences in each individual’s journey, many of the goals of addiction treatment are the same: to move away from using the substance, to develop identify unhelpful thought processes and replace them with positive ones, and to engage with one’s inner conflicts to better handle stress, utilize good time management skills, and learn healthy coping methods that don’t involve substance use.

In order to begin this road to long term recovery, treatment starts with detoxification. Detoxification signals the first step in moving away from a life of substance use and into a new phase of life that is healthier and on track for a better future.

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Side Effects of  Detox and Stopping Drug Use

Drug detoxification is the safest way to stop a habit of drug use. Through the drug detox process, professionals can safely monitor a patient’s vitals and progress. Medication may also be used to help manage withdrawal symptoms.

When an individual with a drug addiction suddenly stops using, withdrawal symptoms will occur. These withdrawal symptoms will affect different people in different ways. For example, an individual who has a less severe drug habit might experience milder symptoms than another individual who has quite a severe addiction.

Withdrawal symptoms depend on how long and intense an addiction habit has been sustained. The longer an addiction is, the more difficult it is for the brain to adjust to the sudden loss of a substance. When the brain is fed that euphoric feeling from a substance for many years, it has adapted itself to always expect that same feeling from the substance.

The human body is extraordinarily adaptable and versatile. When substance use is suddenly cut off, the brain scrambles to regulate itself and other bodily systems. While the brain attempts to get back to normal operation, chemical imbalances can occur. These imbalances are what cause withdrawal symptoms.

Common Withdrawal Symptoms From A Detox Program Can Include:

  • Anxiety
  • Sweating
  • Shaking or trembling
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Nausea
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Headaches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Jumpiness

Treatment Starts With Medically Supervised Detoxification

At Vertava Health of Ohio, a medically-supervised detoxification is the first step in treatment for individuals struggling with a drug addiction. The goal of detoxification is to rid any of the toxic substances from the body. This is the first step towards the larger goal of recovery.

During this time, patients will need to drink a lot of water, eat a healthy diet, take vitamins and get plenty of rest. Our staff will help ensure that our clients are as comfortable as possible during their detoxification and prepare them for residential treatment.

Usually the process of getting the substance out of the body’s systems is the easiest phase of detox. Most of the challenges in the detox process come from the withdrawal symptoms and cravings that set in. For example, if a person is detoxing from a drug like heroin, they might not be able to properly hold food down at the outset of detox. The first phase of detox is the most unpleasant for most people. At this time in the process, individuals will experience very strong cravings for the drug. It’s very normal to experience irritability and moodiness while the cravings go unsatisfied. This is why we have our experienced staff on hand to help attend to our patients and make them as comfortable as possible as they undergo detox.

Once withdrawal symptoms have calmed down, detox professionals can evaluate a patient’s needs and begin to transition them into therapy, the next step in drug addiction treatment.

Professional Substance Use Evaluation for Detox And Individualized Recovery Plan

In the beginning of treatment, a patient will go through a professional evaluation to go over any issues they may be having during drug addiction. An evaluation can give treatment professionals an opportunity to get to know their patients and vice versa.

At Vertava Health of Ohio, we realize that people are different and because of that their treatment might be different as well. A person suffering from an opioid addiction may not benefit from the same treatment methods as a person with an addiction to cocaine or alcohol. A person’s treatment depends on how much and what kind of drug addiction they’re suffering from. Co-occurring disorders, such as anxiety and depression, can also play a role in how a person’s treatment will be laid out.

Our Detox Center Uses Evidence-Based Treatment

“Evidence-based practice (EBP) is the conscientious and judicious use of current best evidence in conjunction with clinical expertise and patient values to guide healthcare decisions” (U.S. National Library of Medicine). With most things in life, including addiction treatment, there will be trial and error. Luckily, addiction treatment has come a long way and successful treatment methods are in place to help you, or your loved one, free your mind from the restraints of an addiction.

Vertava Health of Ohio uses evidence-based therapy models to minimize trial and error and ensure that each person will receive the right treatment for them. Some types of evidence-based treatment are inpatient programs, medication-assisted therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.

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Medication-Assisted Therapy

During the initial stages of recovery, a person can have to deal with the painful, emotional, mental and physical symptoms of withdrawals. Oftentimes the withdrawals can be intense and lead a person to relapse and right back into the throes of an addiction. For some addictions, medication-assisted treatment can be helpful to deal with these symptoms.

Buprenorphine, or a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone (such as Suboxone and Zubsolv), may be used for individuals struggling with an addiction to opioids.

Motivational Interviewing

According to SAMHSA, “Motivational Interviewing is a clinical approach that helps people with mental health and substance use disorders and other chronic conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular conditions, and asthma make positive behavioral changes to support better health”. This type of approach can be very effective for treatment of co-occurring disorders.

People suffering from addictions don’t always have a very high self-esteem and might not believe that they are worth recovery, this treatment modality can help them believe that not only can they get well, but that they are totally worth it.

“Essentially, motivational interviewing activates the capability for beneficial change that everyone possesses” (U.S. National Library of Medicine). The professionals at Vertava Health of Ohio are trained to help each person see their own potential. Motivational Interviewing is based on the assumptions that:

  • Ambivalence about substance use (and change) is normal and constitutes an important motivational obstacle in recovery.
  • Ambivalence can be resolved by working with your client’s intrinsic motivations and values.
  • The alliance between you and your client is a collaborative partnership to which you each bring important expertise.
  • An empathic, supportive, yet directive, counseling style provides conditions under which change can occur.
    (U.S. National Library of Medicine)

Detox Help Through Family And Peer Support

When a person is suffering from a substance use disorder or addiction, they can be verbally or physically abusive which can be traumatic for the people closest to them. Sometimes it can be hard just to understand why your loved one continues using drugs. “Doesn’t he understand what he’s doing to himself and his family?”.

It can be difficult for family and friends to try to handle a loved one’s addiction—which is why we’re here to help them through it.

“Research has demonstrated that peer support helps improve the mental health of veterans, makes people reduce hospital visits for those with co-occurring disorders, and increases coping skills of families with a family member who has a mental illness” (SAMHSA).

Sometimes it can be hard to see, first hand, that addiction is a problem and your loved one might not realize what their doing. This is because what they’re suffering from is the disease and a mental obsession. At Vertava Health of Ohio, we understand that addiction affects the whole family and our professionals are trained to help them deal with the emotional trials of substance use.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Originally used for treatment of borderline personality disorder and suicidal patients, dialectical behavior therapy is an important stepping stone for treatment companies and at Vertava Health of Ohio, is considered to be the cornerstone of treatment modalities. This method of treatment can be essential for treatment of co-occurring disorders such as anxiety disorder and alcohol use disorder or eating disorder and cocaine use disorder and so on.

Studies have shown that all behaviors are learned and whether it’s a coping strategy or simply because the person with an addiction likes his or herself more when their high or using. Dialectical behavior therapy at Vertava Health of Ohio helps to teach a person to deal with their emotions in a healthy way by teaching them healthy coping strategies and helping them to love them self for who they are.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

When a person is suffering from a co-occurring disorder such as depression disorder and opioid addiction, they can have an extremely negative outlook on life and circumstances. Cognitive behavioral therapy is based on the idea that because every behavior is learned, it can be unlearned. “The goal is to reveal and change false and distressing beliefs, because it is often not only the things and situations themselves that cause problems, but the importance that we attach to them too” (U.S. National Library of Medicine).

When a person sees the negative sides of everything and similarly, difficult for them to see the good in any object, situation or person—it can just as easily be hard to want to be around them The professionals at Vertava Health of Ohio will use cognitive behavioral therapy methods to help a patient replace their negative thoughts with more realistic ones. Addiction can make life seem awful but with the right treatment, we can help you to see the brighter side of things.

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Mindfulness And Stress Management

It’s common for someone who’s dealing with substance use disorder (or mental disorder) to use drugs, alcohol or food to deal with stress. The mindfulness and stress management techniques at Vertava Health of Ohio will help you to better manage your stress and also teach you to remain calm in situations when your stress levels would normally be out of control.

Studies have shown that “mindfulness-based stress reduction is able to reduce stress levels in healthy people” (U.S. National Library of Medicine). Mindfulness and stress management alone might not be enough to keep a person sober, but when paired with other treatment modalities, practices like focused breathing, yoga and physical exercise can help a person achieve a long-term, healthy recovery.

Outdoor And Recreational Therapy

At Vertava Health of Ohio, patients will have access multiple modes of outdoor activities. Outdoor and recreational therapy can be vital to help a person with an addiction realize that life isn’t so bad—and there’s a lot more to it than drinking and drugging. A person suffering from addiction and dual diagnosis is very likely to need more than outdoor therapy to get well, but it can help them take their mind off of substances or negative feelings. Outdoor therapy can help an addiction patient to have a little fun and can be a big step towards getting their life back.

Relapse Prevention And Aftercare Support Post Detox

Going back to the life you once knew without drugs or alcohol can be very difficult and leaving treatment can be one of the hardest things for a person to do. It becomes a safe haven. A lot of people who relapse or fall back into their old ways of living are most likely going to do so in the first weeks to months of returning home from treatment. Let’s face it, not everybody can just pick up and move out of their old neighborhood. Avoidance doesn’t have to be moving cities or states, it also includes staying away from the old hangouts and crowds that triggered a drunk or a high in your past life. We will educate you about relapse, triggers and how to avoid them.

Aftercare support is another benefit of our treatment programs and the addiction specialists here will check-up on you after treatment and make sure that you’re doing okay. Recovery isn’t over when you leave treatment; ideally it will last forever. When someone is in recovery, like a cancer patient on chemo, their disease is essentially in remission. It can be important to find a 12-step or support group while keep in touch with the people you meet in treatment. So in addiction treatment and recovery, we’re all in this together.

Finding The Right Drug Detox Program For You At Vertava Health of Ohio

With all the different options and modalities, finding the best treatment for you can be pretty daunting—we get that. That’s why here at Vertava Health of Ohio, we have trained addiction specialists waiting by the phone to support you and help guide you into the best treatment tailored just for you. If you or a loved one is suffering from a co-occurring disorder, mental disorder, addiction or substance use disorder, contact us today to speak to someone who cares about the next step. At Vertava Health of Ohio, we want to see you succeed!

Detox FAQs:

What medicine is good for detox?

Medication to aid withdrawal symptoms is prescribed on a case-by-case basis. No one specific medication will be able to help every patient’s situation. Certain over the counter drugs such as ibuprofen, anti-nausea, and anti-diarrheal medications are used to ease withdrawal symptoms. Prescription drugs can also be used during some detox protocols under a doctor’s supervision.

Another widely known medication to treat withdrawal symptoms is Suboxone. Suboxone is used to ease the withdrawal symptoms of opiate based drugs such as prescription painkillers ad heroin. Suboxone also can be prescribed long term to help deter use and reduce cravings.. Our team will carefully evaluate an individual’s needs and administer medication if necessary, all the while monitoring reactions to the medication and its effectiveness.

How long does it take for your body to detox?

The amount of time it takes to detox will vary depending on the person’s severity of addiction and the kind of drug. However, on average, a person can detox from drugs in about one week. Cravings may continue for several months after detox, but the withdrawal symptoms will eventually subside.

How do you detox at home?

Those who detox at home often do it by going cold turkey. This means that there is no weaning off the drug. Instead, the use of a drug is stopped right away. This method of detoxing is not recommended because it can be very dangerous. Withdrawal symptoms can include seizures and other conditions that require medical assistance.

What happens during a detox?

There are different kinds of detox that are recognized in the addiction sphere. Medical detox is most commonly recommended for those looking to enter addiction treatment. In medical detox, the patient will come to a facility and be monitored by a medical team for withdrawal symptoms. The medical team will be in charge of evaluating a patient’s condition and prescribe medication if needed.

Medical detox is the safest kind of detox to undergo because of the medical supervision.


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