Medical Detox: What is a Medication-Assisted Detox for Drug Addiction?

Published March 4, 2019 by:

Drug Addiction

Medical detox is recommended as the first step in overcoming addiction. Drug addiction, or substance use disorder, is progressive and chronic. Royal Life Centers at The Haven understands, and knows how to treat even the most severe drug addictions. Royal Life Centers at The Haven offers the best in medical detoxification for addiction treatment. We offer a variety of treatment options, with services that adhere to our guest’s individualized treatment program. Medical detox is the best possible option for safely removing a substance from the body. Once a person becomes physically-dependent on a substance, withdrawal can occur when the person stops using. With the withdrawal symptoms from substance use disorder, sometimes medication assisted detox is necessary to tend to the more severe symptoms.

What is a Medicated-Assisted Detox for Drug Addiction?

There are a wide range of withdrawal symptoms depending on the substance abused. Many substance use disorders produce severe and even life threatening withdrawal symptoms best treated at an inpatient level of care in our medical detox facility, with medication-assisted detox. Medication-Assisted Detox is the use of medication to treat withdrawal symptoms, in combination with behavioral therapy. Often, long time prescription painkiller and heroin addicts, going through opioid withdrawal will be given a medication like Suboxone to treat their symptoms. Opioid addiction is associated with painfully uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal, which is why medical care in a detox facility, coupled with medication-assisted detox is the most effective mode of treatment. For opioid addicts, suboxone treatment is sometimes vital in a comfortable and safe detoxification process. Because suboxone is a partial opioid agonist, the active ingredients in suboxone make it almost impossible to abuse the medication. Many other substance use disorders may require medication for its symptoms of withdrawal, like benzodiazepine withdrawal and alcohol withdrawal.

Who Needs Medication-Assisted Detox?

Medication-assisted detox is extremely helpful in keeping our guests comfortable in Royal Life Centers at The Haven detox center. Upon arriving to our detox center, our guests will undergo a thorough assessment and evaluation to identify their symptoms and determine the best plan of action to treat them. With medication-assisted detox, the support of medical staff, and intensive therapies, we rely on a comprehensive approach in treating addiction- which is why we recommend detox guests to further their treatment in our residential inpatient program, and aftercare programs.

Medical detox is vital to the physical health of our guests, with medical professionals monitoring guests 24/7 to ensure their safety and comfort. This setting is also ideal to supervise and tend to our guests mental health, which is also effected during the detox process. Medical detox is always recommended for the safe removal of a substance from your body, no matter the drug abused. Drug detox services will treat and manage the range of side effects produced during withdrawal. The National Institute on Drug Abuse identifies medicated-assisted detox using medications like suboxone, in combination with behavioral therapy, is extremely effective.

Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Drug and alcohol addictions are best treated with a “whole patient” modality, or medication-assisted detox in a detox facility. Medication, in combination with behavioral therapy, is a proven effective method to treat addiction. Royal Life Centers at The Haven is experienced in treating all symptoms of withdrawal, for any substance use disorder. We specialize in addiction treatment with a holistic approach, treating the mind, body, and spirit. We know how to provide all of the tools needed in building a successful life in sobriety. Our treatment options are designed to follow guests from medical detox, bringing them through every step of recovery in preparation for an independent life, free from alcohol and drug use.

Treatment Options

In the current opioid crisis, Royal Life Centers at The Haven is particularly educated on a looming potential of opioid overdose for many of our substance abuse guests. We integrate life management skills, individual therapy, group therapy, and physical wellness therapies to defend our guests against substance use disorder effects. Royal Life Centers at The Haven allows for guests to become physically well in order to start the work they need for self-discovery and relapse prevention.

Royal Life Centers at The Haven offers medical detox services to begin your journey of recovery. Royal Life Centers also provides a residential inpatient program, PHP, IOP, OP, sober living, and graduate housing options. Royal Life Centers at The Haven is here to help you devise an individualized service plan, or a treatment plan specifically tailored to your personal successful recovery. Our guests will work with case managers, their therapist, and a clinical team to create a treatment plan involving any of our addiction treatment services. We want you to succeed in a life free from addiction. Because We Care.

If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction, and is interested in learning more about medication-assisted treatment and our treatment options, please reach out to our team at (877)-RECOVERY or (877)-732-6837. Our addiction specialists make themselves available to speak with you 24/7, Because We Care.