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The detox doctor plays an essential role in in-home detox. The detox doctor leads the clinical and medical teams, playing the deciding role when determining the best course of treatment for your recovery. With extensive medical training, as well as specific training to treat substance use disorders, a detox doctor can ensure your health and safety throughout this initial stage of abstinence and help guide you toward freedom from addiction.

What is Detoxification?

Medical detoxification is a treatment that helps people overcome the first stage of addiction recovery. People with a substance use disorder often face severe mental and physical health challenges when they suddenly stop, a phenomenon known as withdrawal.

Drug or alcohol addiction causes changes in brain chemistry and pathways. When the substance is withheld, withdrawal symptoms emerge. These uncomfortable and even painful symptoms are signs that the brain is attempting to adjust to the absence of the substance. It takes several days, and sometimes weeks, to complete the detoxification process.

Every misused drug – including marijuanaopioidsamphetamines, and alcohol – can cause withdrawal symptoms that are difficult to overcome on your own.

While each specific drug has its own set of symptoms, there are common threads throughout every drug’s withdrawal phase, including:

  • Sleep disturbances
  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Intense drug cravings
  • Depression

Certain drugs, such as alcohol and benzodiazepines, can cause withdrawal symptoms that may become life-threatening. For example:

  • Alcohol detox complications. An individual with severe alcohol use disorder may experience the delirium tremens on days 3-4 of alcohol detox. This is a rare but serious condition that requires immediate medical intervention.
  • Benzodiazepine detox complications. Someone taking benzodiazepines for an extended period may experience intense withdrawal symptoms when attempting to stop taking the drug. To address this, a tapering schedule can help the body slowly adjust to incrementally lower dosages over a two-week period.

To achieve abstinence safely, medical detoxification expertise is advised. The detox doctor and nurses are trained to closely monitor symptoms for the duration of the detox process, and to quickly respond should serious withdrawal symptoms emerge.

What is a Detox Doctor?

A detox doctor is the primary physician in charge of the medical detoxification process. They are the ultimate decision-makers, ensuring that a person striving for recovery gets the treatment they need to be successful.

At Kinkaid Private Care, our in-home physician is double-board-certified in addiction and internal medicine. Above that, he has accumulated decades of clinical experience treating mental health and substance use disorders.

The detox doctor’s extensive training prepares him to manage a variety of physical and mental health symptoms. Under his leadership, the patient is ensured appropriate holistic healthcare recommendations throughout the detox process.

The detox doctor takes several variables into account when leading the treatment team. Each protocol is curated to treat all aspects of an individual’s addiction, keeping the patient safe and comfortable. They consider such implications as:

  • Pre-existing health conditions
  • Co-occurring mental health disorders
  • Current medication regimens
  • Specific drug withdrawal effects
  • Patient-specific preferences
  • Drug allergies or sensitivities
  • Past unsuccessful detox attempts

Throughout the entire detoxification process, a detox doctor closely monitors each patient’s progress and can make changes to the treatment plan in order to ensure their patient’s health, safety, and comfort.

How Detox Helps

The first stage of abstinence is often the hardest to break through. When a person suddenly stops taking drugs or alcohol, their body experiences a “rebound effect”–which creates the well-defined withdrawal symptoms that are so characteristic of early abstinence. But another system is at work besides the physiological response: the mind begins to crave drugs, rationalize substance use, and deny that there was ever a problem to begin with.

A detox doctor uses every tool available to treat both the physical and psychological aspects of withdrawal. Targeted medications can alleviate physical withdrawal symptoms, help to manage drug cravings, and show you that the path to abstinence is achievable. Alongside these medications, targeted therapies and clinical support can strengthen a patient’s resolve to maintain their sobriety. This support is vital – as people without a strong network of support will often relapse before ever breaking through the withdrawal phase.

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Benefits of a Medically Assisted Detox

People seek medical detox because they’ve struggled to achieve abstinence on their own. Starting a medically assisted detox can help many people achieve this goal, by providing:

  • Relief from withdrawal symptoms
  • Expert-level medical and clinical support
  • Medical monitoring through the detox process
  • A foundation for a lifetime in recovery
  • Targeted mental and physical healthcare
  • Reassurance that you are in capable and experienced hands

Many individuals may attempt to detox from a substance on their own without support. The majority of times this approach is attempted, it fails. The withdrawal symptoms overwhelm their ability to cope with the discomfort, and they give up on the idea of recovery.

On the other hand, when you are under the care of a private detox doctor and skilled nurses while undergoing detox and withdrawal, you will be guided through these rough spots. As symptoms emerge, they will be mediated through the use of various medical interventions. These supportive actions minimize any suffering and allow you to successfully complete the detox.

Put simply, the withdrawal phase of recovery doesn’t need to be an overwhelming obstacle. Medically assisted detox with an in-home detox doctor can make it a much easier, safer, and more comfortable experience.

Will a Detox Doctor Come to My Home?

While most medically assisted detox programs are located at specialized inpatient facilities, some people are simply more comfortable in their own homes. With an in-home detox doctor, our medical team can meet patients where they’re at, and still provide the best evidence-based treatments for helping people break through the first stage of abstinence.

With an in-home detox doctor, Los Angeles residents get all the same treatments and specialized care available at inpatient facilities. Our physicians will come to your home, create a treatment plan, and monitor your progress throughout the entire detoxification process. Specially trained nurses and counselors are included as part of the care team, and together they can cover the full spectrum of medical and psychological needs for people seeking recovery.

Detox Doctors Available Throughout Los Angeles

Our in-home opioid detox is provided throughout the Los Angeles area. Specifically, we cover Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood, Westwood, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Malibu, Holmby Hills, Cheviot Hills, Culver City, Beverly Glen, Beverlywood, and surrounding cities in California.

Why Choose Kinkaid?

Kinkaid Private Care provides premium healthcare and addiction treatment services for select clients. Our concierge approach to addiction medicine means that each client gets meticulous and in-depth care, the best evidence-based treatments available, and support from a specially trained and compassionate team. We only take on a few clients at a time, meaning we can give each client the attention to detail that gets overlooked at large addiction treatment facilities.

When you’re ready to start receiving in-home detox services, reach out to one of our team members by calling 866-337-4596 or filling out our confidential online form. Our experience has shown that recovery is possible for anyone – and we can help show you the way.

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