Detox Services

Detox Services

Opiates, benzodiazepines, and alcohol are addictive and powerful drugs. Stopping without the supervision of a doctor can be complicated and painful, and with some drugs of choice, it can become fatal. Cocaine, crack, marijuana, hallucinogens, bath salts, and other methamphetamines, may not be considered physically addictive drugs by the medical community; however, at New Directions we understand the phenomenon of craving. It is so very hard for any women to stop completely on her own without support and a safe place to begin recovery.

Our social model detox is generally a 3-7 day program, but for each woman the chemicals they are addicted to, and their physical health will determine the exact length of stay. Upon completing the detoxification period, an individualized treatment plan is developed and agreed to by the patient and our staff. This plan is the roadmap for continued success in recovery. Continuing treatment services into our residential addiction treatment program or possibly outpatient services will depend on the history and severity of illness and need for ongoing services.

The physical symptoms and side-effects of withdrawal can be unpleasant; this tends to be a barrier to accessing treatment and staying “stuck” in an addiction even when women truly want to recover. Our caring, professional staff and home-like, comfortable setting helps to ease this necessary process. We have built our campus as a cocoon for women undergoing this 180-transformation. Women who have begun their recovery journey at New Directions for Women have shared appreciation for our beautiful environment of care and utmost concern for safety.

The detox policies, practices, and structures are overseen by our consulting detox physician, Dr. Venice Sanchez. We also utilize other community physicians, as each woman gets to choose her healthcare provider. Medications are prescribed as appropriate to provide as comfortable of a withdrawal experience as possible. Vital signs are monitored every thirty minutes in the first twelve hours of detox, and every hour after that. Women are seen daily by a physician, and our Wellness Coordinator ensures the wellbeing of all detox patients by utilizing holistic protocols including an on-site infrared dry sauna, acupuncture, mindfulness meditation, our biosound lounge, aromatherapy baths, and essential oils to help ease discomfort and anxiety in the detox process. Our Wellness Coordinator also works closely with our Chef on meal plans and ensuring quality and wholesome nutrition is provided.

During detox, women in our care may participate in early recovery groups and be a part of group therapy sessions. Didactic or educational programming is provided, as well as orientation to the other women in the community in order for patients to seamlessly integrate into their next level of care upon completion of detox. Women are introduced to the initial steps of Alcoholics Anonymous along with Refuge Recovery or other ongoing community recovery options. Discussions about being “fit for duty”, sharing information about philosophy of care, treatment approaches, and other orientation items to begin the education process for a new lifestyle of recovery also begin in detox.

The physical symptoms and side-effects of withdrawal can be unpleasant; this tends to be a barrier to accessing treatment and staying “stuck” in an addiction even when women truly want to recover. Our caring, professional staff and home-like, comfortable setting helps to ease this necessary process. The chrysalis process during which a caterpillar turns into a butterfly is delicate and tough. We have built our campus as a cocoon for women undergoing this 180-transformation. Women who have begun their recovery journey at New Directions for Women have shared appreciation for our beautiful environment of care and utmost concern for safety.

Our program emphasizes peer support and offers special programs for various populations with specific needs, including mature women. Staying true to our core value of “diversity”, we encourage a sisterhood between women of different backgrounds by promoting a family atmosphere, sharing of our own powerful stories, and respect for each other’s journeys.