The purpose of medically supervised detoxification is to remove all traces of drugs or alcohol from the body while under the care of physicians and nurses. In addition, patients are monitored for signs of health issues that may require special treatment. Throughout the detox process, patients are given medications to ease withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings. Detox programs are completely safe, discreet and supervised by licensed professionals specializing in substance abuse treatment. Our highest priority at the Bergand Group is our patients’ well-being and comfort throughout the detox process.
What Happens Before, During and After Detoxification?
Upon arriving at our treatment center, patients will be assessed by our medical staff for physical and mental health problems. An individualized detox treatment plan is developed that addresses a patient’s unique needs and circumstances.
Time spent detoxing ranges from three days to as long as a week, depending on the severity of a person’s addiction. Following a blood test that show no signs of drugs or alcohol in the patient’s system, they will be discharged by an attending physician and begin intensive therapy with addiction counselors and psychologists.
Patients are carefully monitored throughout their medically supervised detoxification. Detox programs in Baltimore also provide patients with access to:
- 24/7 medical support
- Mental health support from a licensed psychiatrist
- Nutritious meals and snacks
- Medications to relieve the discomfort of withdrawal symptoms
Once detoxification is complete, patients are ready to begin the next stage of their recovery. At the Bergand Group, patients learn the skills necessary for creating a drug-free life through individual and group therapies, relapse prevention, coping with stress and using holistic therapies to channel emotions productively.
What’s Wrong with Going “Cold Turkey”?
Addicts abruptly quitting drugs or alcohol can suffer life-threatening health problems ranging from severe dehydration and convulsions to seizures and heart failure. When the brain’s addiction center gets used to being “high” all the time, it basically revolts by causing severe withdrawal symptoms. Ultimately, addicts trying to go cold turkey give in to cravings for their drug of choice.
If you or a loved one is considering going into addiction recovery, please contact the Bergand Group for more information about detox programs in Baltimore.
About The Bergand Group
At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, our therapists have more than twenty years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehab and drug rehabilitation. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today.