Our staff at New Directions for Women offers the highest standard of detox services. We understand that detox is not always the most comfortable process. Our goal is to allow each of our patients to detox completely and with as little pain as possible.
What is Medical Detoxification?
When an individual becomes addicted to a substance, it’s almost impossible to overcome this problem alone. In order for someone to overcome a substance use disorder, they must stop using drugs completely. Medical detox is a process that allows an individual to safely rid their body of the abused substance. This is done over an extended period of time lasting a couple of days to a couple of weeks.
Why Is It Necessary?
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. At New Directions, we understand the phenomenon of craving. It is hard for any woman to stop completely on her own without support and a safe place to begin recovery.
What to Expect During Detox
Detox is not a walk in the park by any means. It takes hard work and dedication to get through the process. Although this may be the case, our staff at New Directions strives to give each of our patients the best chance to complete their detox.
How it Works
In order for the body to acclimate to being sober, our licensed physicians will administer small doses of the substance. This will be done until they believe the patient’s body can handle functioning without it. By allowing this process to naturally happen, the patient’s body can fully heal from being under the influence for so long. After this part of the detox is completed, medication may be prescribed to reduce cravings. These can include medications like naltrexone, Suboxone, and Subutex.
Side Effects of Detox
The side effects of detox can be unpleasant and extremely uncomfortable. These symptoms are categorized as the “withdrawal phase” of detox. This phase tends to be the biggest barrier to accessing treatment. It forces a lot of women to feel “stuck” in an addiction even when they truly want to recover.
Some of the physical withdrawal symptoms individuals can experience are:
- Muscle aches and spasms
- Abdominal cramping
- Extreme fatigue
- Disruption in sleep patterns, like sleeping too much or not being able to fall asleep
- Profuse sweating
- Panic attacks
- Heart palpitations
In more serious cases, withdrawal can lead to seizures, heart attacks, and even death. This is why at New Directions we encourage our patients not to try to go through withdrawal alone. With the help of our medical professionals, we’ll be able to ensure your safety throughout the detox process.
The Stages of Detox
Our social model detox is generally a three- to seven-day program. For each woman, the substance they are addicted to and their physical health will determine the exact length of stay. For more severe cases, detox can take sometimes multiple weeks to complete.
The first stage of detox is categorized by weaning the patient off the drug to which they’re addicted. This stage is measured in the first 12 to 24 hours after the last dose is used. For most individuals, they will start to feel withdrawal symptoms after this stage is complete. For some, they may feel withdrawal symptoms right away. It all depends on the severity of the addiction at hand.
This stage of detox is the part of withdrawal portrayed in movies and TV and what most people picture. It’s known as the “withdrawal stage” and is the most uncomfortable for most patients. They can experience very painful symptoms of their bodies reacting to no longer having the substance. This period of detox normally lasts around two weeks, but it can sometimes last up to a month after the last dose.
The last stage of detox is often the one that takes the longest. A lot of patients feel like their withdrawal symptoms and cravings subside after a few months. There are a few that are not as lucky, though. In some cases, cravings and withdrawal symptoms can take up to two years to completely vanish. This usually happens after an individual has been addicted to a substance for a long time without any length of sobriety.
How Our Detox Process Works
Our detox process has been thoroughly tested over the years by our staff. It has been a proven method of helping women overcome their addiction disorders. We have used patients in the past as a way to learn and grow our program as well.
Who Oversees Our Program?
The detox policies, practices, and structures are overseen by our consulting detox physician, Dr. Venice Sanchez. She is well-versed in everything that goes along with our detox process. We also utilize other community physicians, as each woman gets to choose her healthcare provider. Women are seen daily by their assigned physician to ensure their health is being monitored correctly.
What Happens During the Process?
Medications are prescribed to provide as comfortable a withdrawal experience as possible. Vital signs are monitored every 30 minutes in the first 12 hours of detox, and every hour after that. This is done to prevent anything unusual from happening, as the detox process can sometimes be unpredictable.
Our wellness coordinator ensures the wellbeing of all detox patients. She does this by utilizing holistic protocols including an on-site infrared dry sauna, acupuncture, and mindfulness meditation. Our bio sound lounge, aromatherapy baths, and essential oils also help ease discomfort and anxiety in the detox process. She also works closely with our chef on meal plans and ensuring quality and wholesome nutrition is provided.
After the Detox Process is Complete
Upon completing the detoxification period, an individualized treatment plan is developed. After this is done, it is approved by both the patient and our staff and therapy commences. 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 the illness.
What Sets New Directions Apart
When it comes to other detox centers in Orange County, we believe we are top of the line in comparison. There are many things that set us apart from the rest.
The Environment We Create
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-degree transformation. Women who have begun their recovery journey at New Directions for Women feel safe while they are with us. They have shared appreciation for our beautiful environment of care and the utmost concern for safety.
By Women, For Women
There aren’t many environments in which women can feel safe and be their true selves. Our center was created to give women a support system to lean on while going through this difficult journey. Because of this, we have seen so many success stories come from our facility. Since the fall of 2014, we have served countless women in the fight against addiction.
Group Therapy Sessions
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. This is due in order for patients to seamlessly integrate into their next level of care upon completion of detox.
Our patients are introduced to the initial steps of Alcoholics Anonymous along with Refuge Recovery options. Discussions about being “fit for duty” are had. In these, we share information about the philosophy of care, treatment approaches, and other orientation items. This is to help begin the education process for a new lifestyle of recovery after detox.
Diversity in Our Programs
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. This is done by promoting a family atmosphere, sharing of our own powerful stories, and respect for each other’s journeys. We believe this time brings w
omen who would have never met otherwise together. It gives them a new appreciation for others’ situations as well as a new look at life.
Join Us Today
If you believe you or someone you know is suffering from substance abuse, we are here to help. Our detox programs are top of the line and allow each of our patients to get a head start on their sobriety. Please feel free to contact us by calling our facility or messaging us on our website today. We want to help you release yourself from the grip addiction.