Detox comes in multiple forms, including one attached to an inpatient treatment program. However, short-term, stand-alone detox offers its own set of benefits to move a person in the direction of recovery. As you learn these benefits, you can make informed decisions about starting a medical detox and knowing how to identify the aftercare that’s suited to your needs.
What Is Short-Term, Stand-Alone Detox?
A short-term detox at a stand-alone facility only focuses on the most urgent needs for a person to quit using drugs or alcohol. The time spent at the facility is much shorter than a stay at a residential program. A medical team ensures withdrawal is complete and a person is medically stable before the detox is complete.
Commitment to recovery is a lifelong journey, but its start can vary for lots of reasons. One of them is the inflexibility of jobs and personal responsibilities. Unlike inpatient programs, going to short-term detox requires less time. The stay may last from several days to a couple of weeks. This faster entry point to recovery is appealing to people who want to get sober without the timeline of a longer initial treatment arrangement. In addition, short-term detox offers many more benefits.
Six Benefits of Short-Term Detox
1. In short-term detox, patients have no access to the drug they’ve been abusing.
Unlike a detox at home, a medical detox provides a place where a patient’s comfort during withdrawal is a priority. It enables them to focus on ways to respond to the cravings and avoid seeking out their drug of choice.
2. Patients receive appropriate treatment for withdrawal symptoms.
Withdrawal symptoms differ depending on the type of substance use, length of the abuse, and other factors. Individual symptoms, such as muscle pain or nausea, can be treated safely with prescription medications.
3. Short-term detox is a relatively quick first step towards a longer recovery journey.
Detox doesn’t replace more time-consuming forms of treatment for substance use. It does, however, provide a place to begin recovery work in a short period of time and create awareness of the nature of a person’s addiction.
4. Potential harm to the body from suddenly stopping substance use can be averted.
Certain substances, even legally prescribed ones, can have a significant impact on a person when use is ended abruptly. Alcohol is one of those substances whose sudden absence from the body can lead to medical complications, including fatal outcomes. Short-term detox in a medical facility allows a patient to avoid the risk of those complications while under the care of a team of professionals.
5. Physical impacts on the body from substance use can be addressed in short-term detox.
In addition to withdrawal symptoms, consistent misuse of substances can create other issues in the body. They may include a disruption of normal organ function. These physical outcomes are important to bring to the attention of a patient who will need medical care to restore their health and well-being beyond the stay in detox.
6. Mental health is an essential part of a short-term detox.
The body and the mind respond to withdrawal uniquely. While attention to physiological results of detox is critical, a patient’s mental health cannot be overlooked. Mania, hallucinations, and other withdrawal symptoms affecting a person’s mental health status are equally important to address. They can be factors in whether or not a patient completes a voluntary detox program and looks for treatment options to follow.
Intensive Outpatient Programs at Origins Counseling in Dallas
Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) are one option for aftercare following short-term detox, and Origins Counseling offers adult IOP at its facility in Dallas. These programs are customized for the needs of men and women and provide treatment for substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. Treatment consists of individual therapy as well as group therapy, the latter in small numbers with a focus on respect and safety.
Techniques at the Origins Counseling IOP include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Trauma Therapies. The latter is critical to providing care for anyone living with depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder.
An evening IOP with flexibility is available for men and women. This program provides therapeutic groups three nights a week and weekly individual sessions. The evening IOP also features groups focused on Relapse Prevention and Recovery Protection.
An IOP exclusively for women is available at Origins Counseling Dallas. Beyond learning the tools to stay in recovery, these women get introduced to skills to help them in all areas of their lives. Sustaining sobriety is aided by recognizing codependency, building healthy relationships, using strategies to manage stress, and learning other life and career skills.
Restored Path’s Solution
Restored Path Detox is DFW’s premier location for sophisticated medical detox. Conveniently located in Frisco, we provide a safe sanctuary for healing that is also a state-of-the-art detoxification facility for a wide range of substances. Our compassionate physicians and therapists want you to get well and are committed to removing any existing barriers to your care. Restored Path’s team of board-certified physicians and highly qualified RNs have extensive critical care experience and are available to monitor your detox program 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If you or a loved one are struggling with drug or alcohol use, call us today and take your first step towards recovery: 561-841-1268.