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Detoxification Program

When an individual enters Akua’s detox treatment program and starts their recovery journey, they are not only making a choice to become “sober” but are also acknowledging the underlying issues that caused them to become addicted in the first place.

Detoxification, also referred to as “detox” or “medical detox,” is the first step in addiction treatment. Regardless of the substance of abuse, long-term treatment cannot begin until the individual has undergone detox. Detox refers to clearing the body of addictive substances while safely and comfortable managing withdrawal symptoms. Medications are often used during detox to help alleviate any uncomfortable or painful withdrawal effects. Depending on the substance of abuse and the severity of addiction, detox can last, on average, 3-7 days during inpatient hospitalization. 

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What is drug detox?

For most people, the path to recovery begins with detox. During this treatment process, our clients are carefully supervised 24/7 by a trained medical staff.

We combine medication, healthy diet, music therapy, meditation, and more to ease the harsh symptoms of alcohol and drug withdrawals.

Treatment for substance abuse usually begins with detoxification, with an average of 3 – 5 days in treatment, depending on the substance of abuse.

How does drug detox work?

The goal of our drug detox rehab program is to rid the body of the abused substance so the withdrawal process can be treated successfully.

Opioids, benzodiazepines, and alcohol are known to have severe withdrawal side effects and therefore medications are given to relieve any unwanted side effects and prevent any further harm. Once the acute withdrawal stage is over, the acute drug treatment will begin.

After drug detox

There are several options after drug detox, which may include beginning an inpatient treatment program at one of our facilities. The therapeutic care helps a client to focus and develop coping and relapse prevention skills, which are necessary to remain sober over the long-term. Inpatient treatment can last a few weeks to a few months.

Getting started

Beginning is always the hardest step for someone to take and they are often urged by someone who cares about them. Calling Akua is one of the best things you can do. Our addiction treatment specialists take the time to listen, they are compassionate, and understanding of your situation. They will ask questions about your insurance, begin a clinical questionnaire, and provide transportation to the treatment facility.

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Medical Detoxification

Medical detoxification is a specific form of detoxification that helps deal with the severe physical symptoms of withdrawal associated with stopping drug use by providing the client with long-acting small doses of medications that are similar in nature to their drug of abuse.

Medical detox varies among each client depending on the following factors:

  • The type of drug abused
  • The duration of the use/abuse of the substance
  • Amount of drug consumed on a daily basis
  • Biological differences such as weight, gender, age and psychological well being
  • Medications are given to lessen the side effects of withdrawal symptoms most commonly for opioid abuse, alcohol abuse and benzodiazepine abuse

Medical detoxification is a systematic process that aims to wean the client off of psychoactive substances in a safe and stable environment, typically under the close supervision and care of a physician.

Most detoxification treatment programs occur in an inpatient or residential setting to ensure that the treatment team can monitor the client around the clock. The client is placed in a tranquil and comfortable environment where noise is kept to a minimum and electronic devices are not allowed. This is to ensure that the client is relaxed as much as possible while being provided the best treatment as this process can be extremely taxing both mentally and physically on the client.


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