Inpatient Medical Detox is the period when the body flushes out the toxic substances that caused physical dependence. Detox is the highest level of medical care and the first hours and days when a person’s body rids itself of toxic substances so it can prepare to heal.
This period can be very vulnerable for the patient because acute withdrawal from drugs and alcohol may be fatal. We carefully monitor each patient on an individual basis and may provide a drug taper to detox the body safely. There may be cravings, body aches, irritability, insomnia, nausea, increased sleeping, and other physical side effects.
Detoxification is most successful under the supervision of medical staff and counselors who can oversee the process, provide comfort and re-direct negative emotions.