Substance Abuse Detox and The Ridge
How We Handle Substance Abuse Detox
When an individual is looking for help in getting sober from addiction to drugs or alcohol, the first thing they must do is go through substance abuse detox. Detox is the process of helping the body withdraw from the drugs or alcohol it has become dependent on. Depending on the substance and addiction level, detox can be uncomfortable, and it can even be dangerous. The Ridge offers safe, medically assisted detox to help clients through this difficult first step of recovery. For opiates and light alcohol use, we can offer services through our residential facility. For heavy alcohol use, benzodiazepines or other sedatives a medical detox may be deemed necessary. In these cases, we use a local partner and offer a bed to bed transfer once the detox process is complete.
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.