As part of our promise to our patients, we facilitate a complete supervised medical detox to allow them the clear mindset to transition seamlessly into sober living. At the time of each patient intake, we will decide if the individual requires medical detox based on their drug of choice and frequency of use. Not every patient will require detox, but most do. During the medical detox process, each patient is given a medical assessment or physical by a medical physicians to gauge their current state of health. In addition to a detailed physical including family history of medical conditions and addiction, a behavioral and social assessment is done.
Unique Medical Detox Plan
Based on the initial recommendations of your physician and therapists or psychiatrist, a supervised medical detox plan will be created for you. Our team will take you through the steps of medical detox, so you know what to expect from treatment. All health risks are explained about the particular drug and withdrawal symptoms you may experience. Your decision to complete detox as you strive for a full recovery is a big step, and we congratulate you.
We understand that many of our patients that come in with personal experiences of withdrawal having tried to get sober on their own may be fearful of detox. There is some discomfort in the detox process, but we can assure you that you will be under the supervision of registered nurses (RN’s), medical doctors, trained addiction counselors and compassionate clinical staff that are available around the clock. These detox programs will safely manage your withdrawal symptoms with dignity and care.
A detox program includes:
Alcohol detox can be fatal if not monitored by medical staff, as medications may be required during this process. Every patient that goes through alcohol detox is monitored to check for vital signs and any withdrawal symptoms that may occur.
Alcoholism is a disease that controls the mind, body and blocks the spirit. We want to take control of our physical and emotional hold that alcohol has on each patient so that they may exhibit their source of control in their lives.
As a patient withdraws from alcohol, these side effects are the most common:
- High blood pressure
- Nausea and vomiting
- Increased or irregular heart rate
- Tremors (shakes)
Prescription Drug and Opiate Detox
Medical detox for opiates and prescription drugs are offered for natural and engineered forms of these painkillers or street drugs. These drugs block specified receptors in the brain that are known to cause pain and produce pleasurable feelings that eventually become addictive as they affect the mind and body. The addiction to these drugs is mental and physical, meaning there is likely an emotional connection to the high and physically pleasing, sedating sensations.
These drugs include heroin, LSD, shrooms, crack, cocaine, oxycodone, fentanyl, codeine, morphine, methadone, Vicodin, Demerol, Dilaudid, Percocet, and Meperidine. As heroin withdrawal can peak within the 36-72 hour timeframe, it is highly recommended that medical detox is sought as withdrawal is dangerous.
Opiate withdrawal symptoms include:
- Muscle and bone pain
- Hot flashes and cold chills
- Involuntary leg movements
Detox varies from patient to patient with marijuana detox. At Cypress, located in Houston, we take an initial assessment of physical and mental addiction to the drug and recommend detox services. Marijuana is an addictive substance, and there are withdrawal symptoms that arise based on the amount consumed and in what quantity.
Marijuana withdrawal symptoms may include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Cold chills
- Restless behavior
- Increased levels of anxiety
- Digestion issues
- Intense cravings
These are some of the symptoms of withdrawal for alcohol and various drugs seen during detox. We know that this is a difficult step to make, but this short time taken for medical detox of these harmful substances can be the start of a healthy and full life ahead. Should you have more questions about specific drug use in combination with other drugs and alcohol, call us at (409) 331-2204 to reach us in Houston.