As part of our promise of complete, holistic care, we offer a supervised medical detox program that allows patients to enter full-time recovery treatment with a clear mindset, free from the pull of physical and chemical dependence. As long as drugs or alcohol remain in the body’s systems, resisting cravings and compulsions is nearly impossible. If you or your loved one needs to get treatment but is still actively abusing substances, an initial detox phase will be necessary for them to cleanse their mind and body for a seamless transition into treatment and sober life.
Do I Need Medical Detox?
Medical detox is primarily intended for patients who are having difficulty getting sober because of the withdrawal symptoms that occur when they try to stop using. Withdrawal symptoms are notoriously difficult to handle on your own — depending on the substance being used and the frequency of use, these symptoms can range from head and body aches to nausea, vomiting and hallucinations. In many cases, withdrawal symptoms pose a danger to the health of the affected individual. It can be risky and even ineffective to try to push through withdrawal at home, without real medical support.
Choosing a treatment program with medically monitored detox means that you’ll be cared for by medical professionals as you go through withdrawal. Under physician and nurse supervision, you’ll be kept as comfortable as possible and, most importantly, you’ll be kept safe. You’ll also be in an environment where turning back to drugs or alcohol as a solution for your symptoms isn’t an option — once you enter our programs, we ensure that your path only moves forward toward recovery.
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 need detox, but most do. During the medical detox process, each patient is given a medical assessment or physical by a licensed medical physician 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.
Personalized Medical Detox Plan
Based on the initial recommendations of your physician and therapist or psychiatrist, a supervised medical detox plan will be created just 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 the 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 also want to make sure this step gets you started toward recovery on the right foot, so we are committed to working one-on-one with each of our patients during this phase of treatment.
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 (RNs), medical doctors, trained addiction counselors and compassionate clinical staff that are available around the clock. Our supervised medical detox programs will safely manage your withdrawal symptoms with dignity and care.
A detox program includes:
Alcohol withdrawal can be fatal if not monitored by medical staff, particularly in cases of severe or prolonged drinking. Medications to keep serious symptoms at bay may be required during this process. Every patient that goes through alcohol detox is under full-time supervision to check for vital signs and any withdrawal symptoms that may occur.
Alcoholism is a disease that controls the mind and body and leaves the spirit depleted and discouraged. Through detox, we can take control of the physical and emotional hold that alcohol has on each patient so that they may once again have autonomy and free will in their own 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)
Cypress Lakes Lodge is fully equipped to treat addiction to a range of commonly abused drugs, from prescription painkillers to crack cocaine, and this includes medically supervised detox services. In essence, drugs are merely manufactured chemicals that are designed to block or enhance specific receptors in the brain, leading to changes in brain chemistry that cause a “high.” But these changes in the brain are also what lead to addiction — your brain becomes accustomed to functioning with drugs, so your whole body struggles during withdrawal and detox. It’s vital to go through detox to “reset” your brain and help you learn to feel normal on your own again.
We can provide medically monitored detox for patients who are struggling with addiction to drugs including:
- LSD (“Acid”)
- Psilocybin mushrooms (“Shrooms”)
- Cocaine and crack cocaine
- Prescription painkillers (Oxycodone, Fentanyl, Vicodin, Codeine, Morphine)
- Prescription stimulants (Adderall, Ritalin)
- Prescription tranquilizers (Xanax, Ambien, Valium)
- Methamphetamine (“Meth” or “Crystal Meth”)
Prescription Painkiller and Opiate Detox
Detox from opioid and opiate drugs — like oxycodone, fentanyl, morphine and heroin — are notorious for the dangers of withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms from these drugs can set in quickly and be particularly painful, so it’s vital to get into medically monitored detox quickly. Heroin withdrawal, for example, can peak within the 36-72 hour time frame after a patient’s last use. Many patients who struggle with addiction to these substances require medication during detox to help wean them off these drugs safely.
Symptoms of withdrawal from these drugs include:
- Muscle and bone pain
- Hot flashes and cold chills
- Involuntary leg movements
Conflicting information in the media often leads people to believe that marijuana isn’t addictive. But just like any substance that produces a high, you can become addicted to the feeling of using marijuana. With prolonged and continued use, patients will begin to exhibit withdrawal symptoms if they go without the drug. The detox process can vary greatly from patient to patient with marijuana detox. We take an initial assessment of physical and mental addiction to the drug and recommend the appropriate detox services.
Marijuana withdrawal symptoms may include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Cold chills
- Restless behavior
- Increased levels of anxiety
- Digestion issues
- Intense cravings
We know that choosing to get sober can be particularly frightening because of the prospect of going through withdrawal. But with medically monitored detox, the process of getting your mind and body back on track doesn’t need to be harmful. We will do everything we can to make your detox period brief and comfortable; we want to get you started with treatment on a positive note and ensure that you feel like you are making the best choice for your future. The short time taken for medical detox from harmful substances like drugs and alcohol will be the start of a healthy and full life ahead.
If you or your loved one is actively struggling with addiction and needs help getting sober before they begin their recovery, a medically monitored detox program is likely the best way to help them. We encourage you to call Cypress Lakes Lodge if you are seeking supervised medical detox and high-quality addiction recovery treatment in the Houston, Texas area. If you or your loved one is addicted to a substance not listed here, or to multiple substances, please reach out to us to find out how we can help. Should you have any questions or if you are interested in beginning the admissions process, call us at (409) 331-2204 to reach our helpful team.