Facilitating medical detox on-site under the care of doctors with an expertise in addiction medicine is not an amenity every rehab can boast. Detoxing in a medically supervised environment that’s also a residential drug and alcohol treatment facility is ideal and definitely worth considering. Of course, not all inpatient rehabs are created equal. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), “Residential settings vary greatly in the level of care that they provide. Those with intensive medical supervision involving physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and nurses can handle all but the most demanding complications of intoxication and withdrawal.”
Not every person who struggles with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) requires detox. But if someone has been drinking or using copious amounts for an extended period of time, it is highly likely he or she will experience palpable withdrawal symptoms upon quitting. These types of clients are the ones who most often require a proper detox regimen under the care of a doctor before they can even start addressing the root of their problem and other aspects of behavioral health treatment.
When someone decides to seek treatment for drug and alcohol addiction at a residential rehab facility, and is need of detox, there are often questions as to whether he or she will undergo that process in the same location where the therapy and other elements of the program take place. In most residential facilities that offer detox, especially high-end ones such as Recovery Malibu, detox clients are on the same premises as other clients, who have either already completed detox or began programming without needing detox. It’s worth noting, however, that while detox patients may be at the same residential rehab facility as other patients, they are usually getting a lot more medical and personal attention.
A proper detox requires around-the-clock medical care, whether it’s from a physician or the nursing staff. As such, it’s to be expected that these clients require more attention. Symptoms such as nausea, anxiety, muscle soreness and insomnia have to be monitored and managed at all times. Additionally, detox occurs the first few days someone is in treatment, which is also usually the first few days someone has ceased using drugs or alcohol. This can understandably be a trying time for people physically, mentally and emotionally. The extra attention is warranted and one of the perks of choosing rehab in a luxury setting. Individualized care is crucial because everyone goes through the process of early abstinence from drugs and alcohol differently. Treatment that isn’t one-size-fits-all and plenty of caring, attentive staff members are some of the hallmarks of a high-end residential treatment setting.
Of course, there are some inpatient facilities that offer detox but not at the same place as where the rest of treatment occurs. Sometimes detox clients are kept at a separate location until the detox is complete, then transported to the primary residential campus for the bulk of programming. While this isn’t necessarily ineffective, it isn’t ideal. Clients that detox on the same site as where group and individual therapy occur can begin those regimens as soon as possible. They can also start to form relationships with fellow clients and staff members, the latter of which will hopefully be present throughout the course of their treatment. The transition into sobriety is already a very difficult time in someone’s life. The added stress of having to transition to a different environment after detox further complicates the process. So if there is an option to complete detox in the same facility as where the remainder of programming is implemented, it’s certainly an opportunity worth taking.