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Do I Need Medical Detox?

One of the questions we are asked most often is: Do I need medical detox? It’s a relatable question. Some people are afraid of what detox might be like. Others imagine that they can just quit ‘cold turkey’ at home or use home remedies or other drugs to detox at home. A few people worry about the cost of medical detox services or want to know, does insurance cover detox?

We believe that patients and families with more information make better decisions about medical detox and treatment. One of our major goals here at Desert Rose Detox is to inform and educate people who need medical detox the people who love them. This page answers all of the questions above and more.

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How Do You Know if You Need Medical Detox?

How do you know if you or your loved one need medical detox? We believe there are 3 primary factors you should consider in making this decision:

1.) SAFETY: 

Safety must always come first. If you need medical detox and you do not get it, it can be potentially dangerous. Even deadly in the case of benzodiazepines, alcohol or barbiturates. A life may be at stake, so safety must always be considered in decided if you need medical detox.

2.) COMFORT:

The truth is that quitting any drug you are dependent upon (and alcohol is a drug) is uncomfortable. With any habit-forming substance there will be psychological withdrawal symptoms and cravings. With most, there are also physical withdrawal symptoms which can very uncomfortable and even dangerous. If you need medical detox, getting it can help you avoid most, if not all of these withdrawal symptoms.

3.) RECOVERY:

Research has shown that the more professional addiction treatment a person gets, the better. People who need medical detox and get it and follow it up with rehab are more likely to get sober. More importantly, they are more likely to stay sober longer. The data is conclusive on this and as an evidence-based addiction treatment program, we take clinical data seriously.

Deciding About Addiction Treatment

If you’re on the fence about this, it might be helpful to make a list of pros and cons for yourself. It sounds silly perhaps, but it is a genuinely useful tool for decision making. What are the pros and cons if you get a medical detox and make a serious run at recovery? How about the pros and cons if you don’t? What if you attempt to detox at home and try to use willpower to stay sober? How well has that worked for you in the past? What if you just continue to use and don’t try to quit at all? Play the scenario all the way through.

Where do you see yourself in a year? What do you think your life will be like in five years if you continue in your current direction and change nothing? If you’re honest with yourself, more often than not this thought exercise will lead you to the realization that it’s only fear that’s keeping you from getting a medical detox. You’ll be hard pressed to find a practical reason not to get professional medical help for your addiction. So, what are you waiting for? Chances are you have a phone in your hand right now, or one is within arm’s reach. Call us! This doesn’t get any better until you take action. You can’t think your way out of addiction. You have to ACT.

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Convincing Someone They Need Medical Detox

Convincing someone you love that they need medical detox can be a bit more challenging. Addiction is a tricky and insidious mental illness. Mental illnesses, by definition, afflict the very thing we use to reason and make decisions. A person caught up in active addiction cannot be relied upon to be reasonable or consistently make good decisions. An appeal to reason and common sense won’t always work here. It’s best to have a few tactics to fall back on if a direct appeal to someone to accept help doesn’t work.

Here are a few tips to help:

1.)   Be guardedly optimistic but be ready to hear “no”. Decide in advance what you’ll do and where your boundaries are. Consider a family or professional intervention as an option here.

2.)   Do most of the groundwork before you approach the person. Talk to a medical detox, even get the person’s insurance verified, if you can. Make certain there are beds available. That way if the person agrees, you can move forward quickly before they can change their mind.

3.)   Don’t enable someone to continue using. If the person denies they need medical detox and won’t accept help, you cannot force them. But you can stop providing them with money to buy drugs and alcohol with. Consider what else you can do (or stop doing) to make continuing to use more difficult for them. If you can’t be part of the solution right, at least make sure you aren’t part of the problem.

4.)   Get help and support for yourself. If someone you love is caught up in the cycle of addiction and they need medical detox, don’t lose sight of your own needs. No matter how capable and strong you are, this stuff has a real impact on you. Contact a support group like AL-ANON, NAR-ANON or CoDA and get familiar with the principles of recovery and fellowship. You will likely be amazed by how much that one simple action can change your perspective, give you hope and empower you.

Desert Rose Detox is Ready to Help

At Desert Rose Detox, we are devoted to helping people safely and comfortably get off of drugs and alcohol and leave them behind. Our Desert Rose Recovery program offers all 5 of the major ASAM levels of care for addiction treatment. We believe it is impossible to get too much help for a problem, so we encourage every patient to take advantage of everything we can offer them. We understand that not everyone will be able to commit to the entire Desert Rose Recovery program however and we will provide detox-only treatment upon request. We ask only that you keep an open mind and consider the possibilities and pros and cons of further treatment.

Please give Desert Rose Detox a call. Let’s talk about what we can do for you and the people you love.

Trusted Addiction Treatment

At Desert Rose, drug and alcohol detox is only the beginning. We offer a complete addiction treatment program here. Unlike most Florida rehabs, we feature all 5 primary ASAM levels of care you need within a single program.

Desert Rose Detox has earned Joint Commission Accreditation. We also enjoy membership in NAATP, state licensing and are associated with certified recovery residences (FARR).

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