Medical detox from alcohol and drugs gives you time to clear toxins and harmful chemicals from your body so you can start treatment with a clean slate.
Long-term use of alcohol and drugs changes your brain and body. Over time, you adapt to the presence of toxic chemicals. These adaptations lead to imbalance, and this imbalanced state becomes your new normal. When you stop using alcohol and drugs, your mind and body respond within hours. You enter a psychological and physical state known as withdrawal.
Depending on the details of your alcohol and/or substance use history, withdrawal can lead to dangerous and, in some cases, life-threatening symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms can last from a couple of days to a week – depending on factors unique to you.
Symptoms of withdrawal vary, but may include:
- Panic Attacks
- Muscle and joint pain
During the detox and withdrawal process, our medical team monitors and supports you 24/7 to ensure your physical safety and psychological, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. When our medical team clears you to begin treatment, you begin participating in group therapy, individual therapy, and healthy, life-affirming recovery activities with The Ridge community.
The Detoxification Process
The drug and alcohol detox process involve three main steps:
- Evaluation: During the evaluation phase, your treatment team assesses your needs. They test to identify the presence of substances in your bloodstream and conduct a full biopsychosocial evaluation. This process enables your treatment team to design a treatment plan tailored to meet your personal needs.
- Stabilization: During this stabilization phase, your treatment team provides medical and psychosocial support to help you manage withdrawal. Depending on the nature of your alcohol or substance use, stabilization may include medication prescribed by qualified physicians and administered by licensed nurses. If your evaluation indicates medication to relieve withdrawal symptoms, you may continue to take it during treatment. Stabilization also involves learning more about recovery and understanding what to expect after detox.
- Transition to Treatment: As you progress through detox, you and your treatment team discuss the next step. Successful recovery from alcohol and substance use disorder often involves ongoing medical and psychological care. During the transition from detox to treatment, you collaborate with your treatment team on your personalized plan and prepare to enter The Ridge recovery community.
After Detox: The Next Step
When our medical staff determines you’re ready to begin participating in treatment, you have options. You work with your treatment team to determine the appropriate level of care:
- Residential Treatment Program: Live at The Ridge and receive 24/7 support
- Professionals Program: Live at The Ridge and receive 24/7 support
- Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP): Live at The Ridge and receive 24/7 support (room and board not included)
- Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP): Three hours of treatment at The Ridge, three to five days a week, live at home
- Outpatient: One to two one-hour sessions per week at The Ridge, live at home
All programs at The Ridge – from residential to outpatient – include a custom treatment plan, tailored to meet your individual needs. Your plan will consist of a combination of group therapy/counseling, individual therapy/counseling, psychiatric support (if applicable), medication support (if applicable), and a selection of mindfulness, holistic, and experiential activities.