therapist helping with medically assisted detox

Understanding your options for treatment and planning an appropriate recovery path help you succeed in seeking sobriety. And when you get professional help with recovery, this is never a path you must plan alone. The caring, experienced staff at New Day Recovery work with you to create a treatment plan that works for you, and that might include medically assisted detox.

What Is Medically Assisted Detox?

Medically assisted detox involves clinical intervention via medicine or other treatment to help you get through the first few days or weeks of sobriety safely and more comfortably.

When you stop using certain drugs or alcohol, you may have withdrawal symptoms. These occur when your body has built up a physical dependence on a substance — in other words, your body has become so used to having this drug in your system, it thinks that’s the norm. When you stop using and allow the drugs to leave your system without being replaced, your body reacts as if something abnormal and bad is happening, because it’s been tricked into thinking it needs the drug to survive.

Withdrawal symptoms are one of the results of this reaction, and they can include nausea, vomiting, shakes, anxiety and mood swings, night sweats, nightmares and muscle pain.

Medically assisted detox works to minimize these symptoms and keep you physically safe through the withdrawal period. This might include the use of medications designed to inhibit withdrawal symptoms and help you wean off drugs as well as treatments to help with specific symptoms.

During medically assisted detox, nurses and other clinicians are available 24 hours a day to monitor your symptoms and provide necessary assistance. Many rehab programs offer drug detox as a first step in recovery; this is not a step that must take place in a hospital environment.

Is Medically Assisted Detox Right for You?

Medically assisted detox may be right for your path to recovery if any of the following are true.

  • You have tried to quit before, either on your own or with the help of a therapist or other outpatient environment, but the withdrawal symptoms drove you back to drug use.
  • You are worried or afraid of the discomfort of withdrawal symptoms.
  • You have other health concerns and are worried about how withdrawal symptoms may impact them.
  • You are addicted to substances known for especially rough withdrawal periods, such as heroin, prescription painkillers, meth, cocaine, benzos or even, in some cases, alcohol.

Start Planning for Recovery Right Now

You don’t have to make all the decisions on your own about recovery. Contact New Day Recovery now at 330-953-3300, or complete our online form and someone will call you shortly.

Our admissions counselors listen without judgment and help you understand whether New Day Recovery — and our medically assisted detox option — are right for you. If we are a good fit for your detox and recovery needs, we help you complete the process of admission to one of our centers. And if we’re not, we offer referrals to other forms of treatment so you can take the next step toward sobriety.