Substance Abuse Detox and The Ridge
How We Handle Substance Abuse Detox
When a person is looking for substance use disorder treatment their first thought is often about detox. Detox is the process of cleansing the body from physically addicting substancses. The need for detox is determined by a pre-admission assessment and not all clients require this step. At The Ridge we offer medication assisted treatment (M.A.T.) which can be used in lieu of a medical detox for certain substance use situations. The Ridge is not a medical detox facility so in some situations we will need to connect you with another facility in the area which is licensed for medical detox. We have transfer protocols in place with several facilities or you may choose your own provider and we can arrange a bed to bed transfer. Call us for more information.
Benefits of Medication-Assisted Detox
Medications like Suboxone have changed the world of drug detox for the better. These medications take away the discomfort, anxiety, depression, and other symptoms of detox, making it less scary and in turn, causing more people to be willing to try it. This also allows the individual to forget about detox and relapse and instead focus on the important task of rehab and recovery. When drugs like Suboxone are used properly, the individual is more likely to succeed in opiate withdrawal and stay sober for a longer period of time. The longer the individual stays sober, the better their chances are at a full recovery.
Substance abuse detox is only the first step on the journey to sobriety. It is important that along with detox, the individual receives counseling and therapy to help address cravings and triggers and learn how to manage stress. There will still be temptations to use — during withdrawal and even long after — and in order to remain sober the person needs the emotional and psychological healing and support of trained staff and loved ones.