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Changing Tides Detox Program

What is Detox?

Detox, or detoxification, is the process of cleansing the body of toxins. When an individual abuses drugs or alcohol, the body needs time to process the substances out of the system and return to normal. During this period, it is recommended to seek professional care from trained clinicians.

Medically Assisted Detox
Medically assisted (also known as medically supervised) detox is a type of treatment done under the care of trained mental health and medical professionals. Changing Tides Treatment offers medically assisted detox to help you go through the withdrawal process in a safe and effective manner. Medications may be administered to help ease physical and psychological symptoms of withdrawal.

Some detox facilities offer a clinically managed, or social, detox program. This is a short-term detox program that does not incorporate medical care. Often individuals have the opportunity to meet with mental health clinicians, engage with support groups, and participate in group therapy during social detox.

At our medically supervised detox we are equipped to handle detox from many drugs, including:

  • Opioids (heroin, prescription painkillers, morphine)
  • Alcohol
  • Benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax, Klonopin)
  • Barbiturates (Phenobarbitol, Amobarbitol, Pentobarbitol)

We also offer detoxification for drugs that may not always require medically-assisted detox, such as:

  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamine
  • Marijuana
  • Hallucinogens
  • Ecstasy

The Stages of Detox

There are multiple stages of the detox process. From the time you arrive in our care, we are working to ensure you detox safely and continue on to build a life in recovery.


The first stage of detox is evaluation by a trained physician. During the evaluation period, your doctor will work on you to assess the level of care you need. Your medical and clinical team will look at your history of drug and alcohol use, the presence of any mental health disorders, and existing medical issues in order to decide what the most appropriate detox strategy will be.


This part of detox is the main phase. Through proper medical and psychological care, your team will work to manage your symptoms and keep the discomfort at a minimum during the withdrawal process. During stabilization, a doctor may prescribe medications, clinicians will meet with you, and you will be offered the opportunity to cleanse your body of the abused drugs and alcohol in a safe and caring environment.

Addiction Treatment

Detox is the first step toward recovery from drug and alcohol abuse. As your withdrawal symptoms begin to subside, staff will work with you to build a program to help you continue on the path to long-term sobriety. It is crucial during the period immediately following detox to receive qualified clinical care.

stages of detox

Who Should Go to Detox?

Detox is an important step in addiction treatment, and many individuals can benefit from going to detox. Regardless of the substance being abused, getting sober means you will have to remove the drug from your system. When the body becomes dependent on a drug, it become accustomed to working with drug in the system. When you remove this substance, the body may respond with a variety of unpleasant mental and physical symptoms.

Here at Changing Tides Treatment, we will work with you to provide the best level of care for your withdrawal symptoms. Whether you’ve been abusing something that can cause fatal withdrawal symptoms like benzodiazepines or some nausea and fevering like opiates, we are here to guide you through the detox process.

If you’ve been using benzodiazepines, opioids, or alcohol, it is highly recommended to seek help. Detox from these substances can be fatal if not treated appropriately. We will help you get through the withdrawal process with our professional medical and clinical team, giving you the best opportunity at recovery from addiction.

How Long Does Detox Take?

The length of detox varies largely, and is dependent upon a number of factors. Some go through detox in a few hours or days, while others may take weeks. Factors that dictate the length of detox include:

  • The drug of abuse
  • The rate, dose and duration of use
  • The presence of polysubstance abuse
  • The detox setting and level of care
  • The goals of the patient
  • The individual’s health condition (including mental health)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Association states that the average detox length is just under eight days. Long-acting substances such as methadone and buprenorphine (Suboxone and Subutex) may take longer to leave the system. Depending on the drug of abuse, your team will work to taper you off the drugs which may take longer than other detox processes.

symptoms of drug withdrawal

Can I Detox Myself?

Some people do successfully detox themselves at home. However, this can be dangerous and may decrease your chance at staying clean. The withdrawal symptoms of benzodiazepines and alcohol can cause fatal seizures, and opioid withdrawal symptoms can be overwhelming. Due to the discomfort experiencing during detox at home, many individuals ultimately return to abusing substances to relieve the symptoms of withdrawal.

Depending on the drug being abused and your individual body chemistry, you may experience:

  • Insomnia or hypersomnia
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea and intestinal pain
  • Changes in appetite
  • Irritability and anger
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Intense cravings to abuse drugs
  • Muscle aches and soreness
  • Decreased cognitive function
  • Seizures
  • Coma

At a medically managed detox, a physician may prescribe medication to help ease these symptoms, keep you safe from the potentially-lethal consequences of withdrawal, and decide what the best method of detox will be. Furthermore, a medically-assisted detox can help you safely find help for polydrug abuse, as the presence of multiple drugs in the system may present additional risks and dangers.

How Are Medications Used?

Medications may be prescribed in order to ease the process of withdrawal. In some cases, medications can decrease the severity of detox symptoms and help you stay safe. When you are more comfortable during the detox process, you’re more likely to stay sober when you go through a comfortable detoxification program. Medications that may be used in detox programs include:

Benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin) – Benzodiazepines may be prescribed during alcohol detox in order to help prevent seizures.

Methadone/buprenorphine – A method of opioid replacement therapy, these two medications may be administered to ease symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Although they may produce mild opioid effects, they don’t cause the ups and downs that heroin or prescription painkillers do. The most commonly used example is Suboxone, a mix of buprenorphine and naloxone.

Clonidine – Clonidine is traditionally a medication for high blood pressure. A non-narcotic medication, Clonidine is sometimes used in opioid detox to lower blood pressure and relieve symptoms.

Other medications may be used in a more long-term detoxification process in order to help with relapse prevention. These drugs include:

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Where Does Detox Take Place?

Detox can take place in a range of settings from someone’s home in the case of social detox to a rigidly-structured inpatient hospital setting. There are multiple levels of care in detox. Detox may take place in an inpatient hospital setting, a medically managed facility, or at home with a social model. Here at Changing Tides, we offer medically-managed detox and social detox, and provide you with the level of care most appropriate to your needs.

What Happens After Detox?

At the end of detox, staff will generally try to link the patient to follow-up treatments for substance use and mental health concerns.

Detox is an important step in substance use treatment and sets the stage for recovery, but it does not represent complete treatment for addiction or drug dependence.Professionals will recommend and refer patients to appropriate treatments based on:
Their success during detox.
Their commitment to recovery.
The presence of co-occurring mental or medical health issues.
Their level of support at home.
Their ability to attend and afford various treatment programs.

Possible referral options include:
Residential rehab
Sober living/halfway house
Outpatient therapy
Support groups
These options can be completed independently or in combination. To discuss options for detox and drug abuse treatment, call us now at 844.88.DETOX.