The first step in any detox protocol is the evaluation and assessment step. Medical providers will gather a patient’s drug and alcohol use history. Together with a patient’s reported symptoms, this information will inform a detox plan, or withdrawal management plan, for each patient. Within a withdrawal management plan, a physician may provide patients with medications when medically appropriate. An addiction specialist physician may use evidence-supported approaches to select pharmacological agents, dosages, and routes of administration.
While the healing and recovery process is a life-long journey, detox is a much shorter time period of – on average, 3 to 7 days. Not every patient needs to go through a detox protocol; this step occurs only when a patient’s severity of symptoms deem it medically necessary. The focus is to safely taper off drugs while an experienced medical team monitors the patient.
Not all drug and alcohol withdrawal symptoms are fatal, but detox can still be very uncomfortable. Our job is to make sure the detox process is managed in the most beneficial way to the patient. We will address all concerns transparently to offer the best support and guidance required to make the detox process a success.