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Medically Managed Detox

Medically-Managed-detox-icon-grayBefore recovery begins the body must undergo detoxification and rid itself of drugs and alcohol. If you or someone you know is in need of medically managed detox services, then ARC offers a variety of medically managed detox solutions. All services are facilitated with the assistance of independent professionals and are designed to address physical withdrawal symptoms. Our Los Angeles Detox Center utilizes the most advanced techniques in order to effectively assist individuals struggling with all kinds of addiction issues. Some examples include; alcohol detox, prescription drug detox, opiate detox, or benzodiazepine detox.

Properly facilitating medically-managed detoxification services coupled with clinical support is paramount to a successful recovery process.

Safe and Effective Medically Managed Detox Begins with a Phone Call

Prior to enrollment at ARC each client is initially evaluated by credentialed intake staff through a phone assessment that is designed to gather information about the history and extent of alcohol or drug abuse. During this evaluation all medications currently being prescribed for co-occurring conditions are ascertained, so each client can continue medication protocols assigned by any primary psychiatrist or referring physician.

Once the client arrives at our drug and alcohol detox center in West Los Angeles, the intake specialist they have worked with up to this point will greet them and introduce each client to their personally chosen doctor, who will supervise the client during the detoxification period.

From the independent physician’s intake evaluation, medications may be prescribed to ease the symptoms of withdrawal. During the early withdrawal period, that same physician will conduct rounds to determine both through observation and the client’s expression, whether adjustments need to be made to heighten the effectiveness of the medications being provided.

Our Los Angeles Detox Center Boasts Highly Trained Staff To Assist In The Process

Our staff check in with the client every fifteen minutes to a half-hour to provide reassurance and to supply fluids and nutrients as necessary. The staff also observes each client to determine whether there is any area of the detoxification period that can be supplemented by additional support, such as the client’s sleeping pattern.

During the detox period the staff is trained to report any psychological concerns to the clinical staff. The clinical staff is a resource that will intervene on any intense emotions that are heightened during the withdrawal phase. The client’s primary clinician, having already been assigned, begins to work with the client on articulating and processing these emotions. This helps to serve as a venting process and prevents an emotional eruption that could lead the client to leave our Los Angeles detox, and ultimately not complete treatment.

This medically managed detox and clinical interface during the withdrawal period is an essential factor ensuring the client will complete any of the many Los Angeles detox centers. Both disciplines working in unison helps to facilitate an overall smooth transition out of the detoxification program and into our Residential program.

A Medically Managed Detox Aids Withdrawal

Withdrawal from almost any substance presents itself in two forms; Acute Withdrawal and Post-Acute Withdrawal. Acute Withdrawal symptoms primarily manifest in physical symptoms whereas Post-Acute Withdrawal general manifest in much more subtle ways. Acute withdrawal symptoms are typically the easiest to recognize because of their physical manifestations.

Acute Withdrawals:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Agitation
  • Tremors
  • Tachycardia (rapid heartbeat)
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)

Post-Acute Withdrawal Post-Acute Symptoms (“PAWS”) are more subtle to the outside observer but highly recognizable to the person experiencing them. PAWS are both physical and psychological. They can induce feelings that are extremely uncomfortable and difficult to overcome without independent medical and clinical support. ARC is one of the few programs in the country that treats post-acute withdrawal symptoms with both ancillary medical and clinical measures. Our continuum of care allows for long term withdrawal treatment where other facilities may fall short.

PAWS:

  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Cravings
  • Depression
  • Sleeplessness
  • Stress sensitivity
  • Memory problems
  • Inability to think clearly
  • Coordination problems

Post-acute withdrawal symptoms vary based on a person’s substance of choice, length of abuse and method of consumption. We have found that the nature of these symptoms make it imperative to treat them both biologically and clinically. These symptoms can be present for weeks after acute withdrawal has been completed. Untreated post-acute withdrawal symptoms are often the intricate precursor to client relapse. Our treatment focus is on providing a full spectrum of care that takes into account individual challenges physiologically, psychologically and circumstantially that can inhibit the personal process of recovery.

If you or someone you know needs help with addiction or substance abuse issues call 877 415 HOPE to begin the process today. Credentialed intake specialists will assist you in determining which level of care is needed to provide the most effective alcohol and/or drug rehab with ARC, or provide you with referrals to receive the help you need.


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