Medically Monitored Detox
Lakeview health offers on-site detoxification that is medically monitored. Unlike programs that send patients to nearby medical programs for detox, our detox is handled at an accredited facility on our own campus. Licensed staff provide a customized delivery of physician-approved and -monitored procedures, and medical professionals are present 24 hours a day to supervise patient recovery. The medical practitioners are also able to collaborate with the therapy staff to formulate a continuing recovery plan.
Patients in detox participate in the New Beginnings program. In addition to orienting them to Lakeview, New Beginnings initiates the therapy process, preparing the patient to transfer to their primary therapist once detox is completed.
Why Choose Medically Monitored Detox?
The process of withdrawing from drugs and alcohol is not just physically and mentally unpleasant; it can also be life-threatening. Medical supervision is necessary to ensure the safety of the patient.
Complications from alcohol detox can be severe and—in some cases—even fatal. The health problems related to alcohol withdrawal can include hallucinations, seizures, and cardiovascular problems. Medically monitored detox allows patients to receive immediate treatment in case problems arise. Doctors and nurses are also able to provide patients with therapies and medications that can often alleviate the symptoms of withdrawal.
Detoxification from hard drugs—such as heroin, cocaine, and designer drugs—can present even greater risks. For example, opioid use causes the brain to release dopamine, a chemical that regulates the pleasure centers. Over time, the brain compensates for the artificially high levels by producing less dopamine. When the use of opioids ceases during detox, the brain is left with a chemical imbalance that causes cravings for renewed use of the drugs as well as emotional problems such as depression and anxiety.
Co-occurring problems can increase the need for treatment. For instance, some patients may be addicted to painkillers that were originally prescribed to treat chronic pain. When drug use stops, the chronic pain may reassert itself. Opiate addicts also frequently misuse multiple drugs, which can amplify the need for medical intervention. Doctors and nurses are able to treat such co-occurring problems alongside any complications arising from withdrawal.
Even for drugs that cause fewer withdrawal symptoms, such as marijuana, medically monitored detox is still recommended, particularly for patients with a history of heavy or prolonged use.