VICTORIA’S HOUSE OFFERS A STAND ALONE DETOX PROGRAM
Before any individual can begin to work on the underlying issues contributing to their substance abuse problem, they must be separated from the substances in their systems. Victoria’s House understands how difficult, and oftentimes dangerous the detox process can be. We have developed a detox program that keeps client safety and comfort at the forefront.
Victoria House offers a stand-alone detox program. Before any individual can begin to work on the underlying issues contributing to their substance abuse problem, they must be separated from the substances in their systems. Detox is the process an individual must undergo to rid him or herself of any and all abused substances. There are several variations of detox that an individual can go through to cleanse his or her system of abused substances. Depending on several factors some of the options available include medically supervised detox, medically assisted detox, supervised detox, and an at home unsupervised detox.
Any person who habitually abused drugs and/or alcohol has created significant shifts in all aspects of their live. The regular abuse of a foreign substance in a person’s body, depending on the substance, has the propensity to alter the way one’s brain functions. Synaptic connections and pathways can be severed and subsequently rewired. Detox is the first step in the long road of recovery from substance abuse and/or addiction. While removing foreign substances that one’s body has become accustomed to functioning with is essential, so too is all that takes place after. An individual must keep in mind that addiction is considered to be a mental health disorder, and must be treated accordingly. While detox can be a grueling and challenging process, it is just the beginning of one’s recovery process. Stopping to use drugs and/or alcohol will be difficult, but maintaining sobriety is the real challenge.
Certain factors will undoubtedly weigh into the level of difficulty and severity of withdrawal symptoms. The type of substance or substances abused, one’s personal health history, the length of time a person abused a substance or substances, the potency of the substance, the frequency of use, as well as the any comorbid disorders will all affect one’s detox experience. Victoria’s House understands how difficult, and oftentimes dangerous the detox process can be. We have developed a detox program that keeps client safety and comfort at the forefront of this challenging process.
Medically supervised detox is a frequently recommended type of detox for individuals struggling with substance abuse and addiction. At Victoria House we offer a medically supervised detox. Our detox program is an inpatient program, where clients are admitted into our facility, seen by a physician and are supervised by a medical professional during the entire detox process. Our detox program entails regular support from our licensed medical staff. This ensures that each client going through the detox process has access to all they may need to keep them safe and comfortable as they successfully detox from the substance or substances of which they have been abusing.
Every person is different and will experience a somewhat unique combination of withdrawal symptoms when going through the detox process. Withdrawal symptoms are the body’s way of managing the removal of a substance or substances that have been relied upon for a significant period of time. When a foreign substance is introduced and habitually abused, one’s body becomes accustomed to functioning optimally with the presence of the drug. When a person removes the substance from their system their body will essentially revolt. This can lead to withdrawal symptoms such as severe drug cravings, and depending on the substance abused, physical pains such as diarrhea, nausea, and stomach cramping. There are a plethora of possible withdrawal symptoms that can occur in each person when they go through detox, and these symptoms are normal and should be expected.
As previously indicated, there are many uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that commonly arise during one’s detox process. These can range from mild flu like symptoms, to more severe and painful physical symptoms. Medically supervised detox will offer support throughout the entire detox process. Once the initial discomforts associated with detox subside, and the individual begins to feel a bit better, we at Victoria House encourage our clients to participate in various therapeutic and support groups that we offer. People must learn new habits and patterns to help themselves realign their neurological pathways and break away from the damaging behaviors that became an integral part of their lives during the days of active drug use. The fact that Victoria House offers so many support tools that are commonly large components of subsequent substance abuse or addiction treatment programs is a huge perk. There are many emotions and physical symptoms that arise throughout the detox process, and having extra support can make a huge difference in someone’s experience.
While participation in these therapeutic sessions is not a mandatory component of our detox program, we feel it is essential to begin to integrate certain aspects of one’s continued substance abuse or addiction treatment at the earliest stage of their recovery process. At Victoria’s House we want our clients to have access to as much support for one’s ongoing recovery as possible. For those who feel capable of participating and engaging with others in the therapeutic aspect of our program, frequently find it to be helpful in creating relationships, a support network, and not feeling so alone during this desperate and uncomfortable time.