Living with a substance use disorder is not really living at all. Planning for, using, or recovering from the use of drugs or alcohol defines each and every day. Incrementally, your freedom to direct your own life is slowly taken from you, as the substance takes over.
When you reach the point when you no longer want to live this way, as a slave to a substance, it is time to make a recovery plan. For most people reaching this pivotal moment, completing the detox phase of recovery is first up. Anticipating detox can be a significant hurdle, as most people with a substance use disorder are all too familiar with withdrawal symptoms. However, pushing through this fear is the gateway toward living the life you desire, and deserve.
The detox process is unpleasant. It just is. But with the guidance and medical help of a private in-home detox program detox the symptoms can be largely managed. Within days you will be feeling better and ready to enter the treatment phase of recovery. So, if you are desiring sobriety, consider the convenience and privacy offered by a safe, monitored at-home outpatient detox in Los Angeles.
When is it Time for Outpatient Detox Los Angeles?
So, how will you know when it is time to enter into a detox program? The answer to that question is different for everyone. Some may realize they have inadvertently developed a prescription pill dependency and be proactive, seeking to get help as soon as possible. Others may have struggled for years with a serious alcohol dependency before they finally find their bottom. Each person will come to that realization point in his or her own way and on his or her own timetable.
There are, however, telltale signs of substance addiction or dependency. These include the following:
The person has become obsessed with obtaining and using the substance. Life revolves around the substance use or recovery from it
Tolerance has increased, leading to higher and higher dosing
The individual is missing work a lot, or their job performance is slipping
The person is neglecting their appearance and personal hygiene
Substance use has been prioritized, so other responsibilities and obligations are now neglected
They are obtaining the substance through illicit means, such as on the street or online.
The person begins doctor shopping
They get into legal trouble, such as a DUI
They may steal from their family or friends to obtain the means to buy drugs
The individual is hiding alcohol or drugs around the house, at work, in the car
They seem to have lost interest in the activities they usually enjoyed
He or she begins to isolate, avoids social events
They exhibit the physical signs of addiction
When they do not have access to the substance they experience withdrawal symptoms
The need for detox and treatment generally depend on how many of these signs are present.
How to Prepare for In-Home Alcohol or Drug Detox
Although you cannot force someone into treatment before they are ready, you can help those who are ready to understand the benefits of a home detox. By informing them that detox and withdrawal can be safely and successfully completed in the privacy of his or her own home, you can push through the privacy concerns and help them begin the recovery process.
It is helpful to allow the loved one to become mentally prepared for detox. In most cases, the unknowns are frightening and can lead the imagination to conjure up something far worse than the reality. With the detox process, understanding the usual trajectory it will follow can actually reduce stress.
Generally, this is what can be expected in detox:
Initial evaluation. A private detox nurse will evaluate the severity of the substance use disorder, which helps the team prepare for managing the associated withdrawal symptoms.
Early phase symptoms. These are the emerging symptoms that begin 6-12 hours after last use of the substance.
Peak phase symptoms. Days 2-4, depending on the substance, represent the most intense withdrawal symptoms.
Final phase symptoms. As symptoms subside, the individual will begin to relax.
Transition to treatment. After detox is completed, the individual will begin an outpatient or residential treatment program.
What Happens During Outpatient Detox Los Angeles?
The detox and withdrawal phase of recovery is arguably the most important stage of the addiction recovery process. If the detox fails and the patient reverts back to substance use then recovery is abruptly halted. For this reason, the management of withdrawal symptoms is essential if the detox phase is to be successful. Withdrawal symptoms will differ depending on the substance of abuse, ranging from mild to severe. On average alcohol detox takes 5-7 days, while opiate and benzodiazepine detox may take 2 weeks.
Here are some of the common withdrawal symptoms based on the different substances:
Nausea and vomiting
High blood pressure
Nausea and vomiting
Muscle and joint aches and pains
Abdominal cramping, nausea, diarrhea
Confusion and impaired cognitive function
Thoughts of suicide
Nausea and vomiting
Fever and chills
Increased blood pressure
Shaking and tremors
Insomnia or excessive sleep
Opioids and benzodiazepines require a tapering schedule, allowing the body to slowly acclimate to lower doses. This will result in a longer detox and withdrawal timeline.
How the Body and Brain Heal After Detox
The body has an amazing ability to heal itself when given the opportunity. Within weeks after completing detox the body begins to reverse much of the damage caused by the substance abuse and begins restoring health in a variety of ways. These include:
Reversing liver damage
Absorbing nutrients and replenishing deficiencies
Restoring metabolism, which can result in weight loss
Reduced alcohol-related calories results in weight loss and reduced belly fat
Immune system rebounds
Brain structures recover
Blood pressure normalized
Improved cognitive functioning
In addition to the restoration of physical health, over time mental wellness is also improved after detox is completed.
Following Up with Addiction Treatment
The private in home detox services will provide case management services. These involve planning out a course of treatment that will follow the completion of detox. The detox team will coordinate these plans to help facilitate the transition from detox to treatment.
There is a wide range of rehab programs available that will help the individual continue on in recovery. Rehab is available in both outpatient and residential formats. Outpatient rehabs allow the individual to reside at home or in sober living while they are receiving treatment. Residential rehabs provide housing at the treatment facility for 1-6 months.
Regardless of whether the individual decides on residential or outpatient treatment, the fundamental treatment elements are designed to help the individual change dysfunctional thought and behavior patterns. They include:
Psychotherapy. Evidence-based therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy help the person develop useful coping skills in recovery.
Group therapy sessions. Group therapy has been found to be a fundamental source of peer support during treatment.
Medication is provided for a co-occurring mental health disorder.
Addiction education classes teach how drugs and alcohol impact the brain and how addiction develops. Relapse prevention planning is included in these classes.
Life skills classes equip individuals in recovery with new interpersonal skills, such as improved communication skills, anger management, and conflict resolution.
Stress reduction techniques. Teaches how holistic relaxation techniques, such as mindfulness, deep breathing, guided meditation, and yoga helps regulate stress in recovery.
Family therapy. It is important to have the family on board during recovery. Family group therapy helps family members learn how to set healthy boundaries and avoid co-dependency among other useful tools.
Recreational therapy. Residential treatment programs add recreational diversions to help balance the work of recovery with outdoor fitness activities.
It takes time to change old habits and behaviors and acquire new healthy ones, but a comprehensive treatment program can assist the individual achieve long-term sobriety.
How to Maintain Sobriety After Detox
Addiction recovery is a lifelong process that requires commitment and lots of patience. It takes time to rebuild a life and to develop new healthy habits. This is why it is so important to have an aftercare plan in place. Once you leave the rehab program, you will benefit from accessing various continuing care services that serve as key support systems in recovery. Some examples of these include:
Sober living housing. Sober living is available for individuals who might benefit from staying in a supportive substance-free living environment.
Ongoing therapy. Outpatient therapy is helpful in early recovery while learning to adjust to the new lifestyle, and to manage challenges that might threaten sobriety.
Recovery community. Finding a supportive recovery group, such as A.A. or SMART Recovery can be a source of inspiration and strength.
Kinkaid Private Care in Home Outpatient Detox Los Angeles
Kinkaid Private Care offers full-service concierge in-home specialty detox nursing services. Under the direction of a physician who is an addiction specialist, the trained private detox nurses will monitor and support you through the phases of detox and withdrawal. Kinkaid offers holistic therapeutic services that can soften the detox experience, such as massage therapy, IV vitamin therapy, yoga, acupuncture, and guided meditation. Once detox is completed, our supportive team will help coordinate the next phases of your recovery journey. To receive discreet and safe detox support in the privacy of your home, please contact Kincaid Private Care today at (877) 388-6373.