For many, the journey through recovery starts with detox. This phase of the recovery process helps young adults obtain a clear head free from the effects of mind and mood-altering substances. Having achieved this, they can more clearly focus on their needs in recovery and work towards establishing a new sober identity.
About Licensed and Accredited Detox at Sober College
Sober College is a long-term treatment program for young adults and older teens. We offer DHS licensed and certified, and JCAHO accredited medical detoxification services for clients entering our program who are in need. We are also willing and able to arrange services for clients to attend outside detox facilities when necessary.
Achieving Long-Term Recovery After Detox
Even with a successful detox, early sobriety can be especially difficult as the recovery process is both a physical and mental challenge. Sober College’s unique approach to the recovery process is designed to equip young adults with the tools they need to lead a successful, sober lifestyle. Our program minimizes the likelihood of relapse while simultaneously empowering young adults to redefine themselves. By engaging young adults in a variety of activities and therapies, our clients are able to relearn how to enjoy life free from the influence of drugs and alcohol.
What Happens in Detox?
When substance abuse stops, the body goes through withdrawal. Depending on the nature of addiction, withdrawal symptoms can range in severity, and may even be dangerous. Both the body and the mind is affected by withdrawal, and this can cause a person to experience psychological effects. Agitation, depression, and anxiety are just a few of the symptoms that may accompany physical symptoms such as headache, vomiting, or insomnia.
While you can approach detox from a “cold turkey” stance, this is not advisable. The cold turkey method involves suddenly ceasing all use with no support to ease the symptoms of withdrawal. Depending on the substance abused, this can be extremely dangerous. Rather than approaching detox from that angle, a medically-supervised detox is safer and better for the overall process. Detox with medical supervision takes place in a safe facility with medical staff on hand to help ease the discomfort that accompany withdrawal symptoms while simultaneously combating any unforeseen side effects a person may experience. It is a jump start on the recovery process and helps a person acclimate to professional treatment.
How Long Does Detox Take?
The time needed to complete detox is different for each person. Depending on the substance used, as well as the severity and the duration of use, a person can be in detox anywhere between a few days to a few weeks. The goal of detox is to help a person safely withdraw from the effects of substances so they can transition into a treatment program to continue recovery. Just as the recovery process is highly individualized and dependent on a person’s unique needs, detox is tailored to each client.
Support Young Adults Need When Going Through Detox
Detox is more than just abstaining from substance abuse. It sets the foundation for lifestyle changes that enable sobriety and improve overall health.
As an inpatient addiction treatment program, we have medical staff on-site 24/7. Your child will have immediate care during any situation that may arise. From intervening during a crisis to providing additional support to ease withdrawal symptoms, the detox process is safe and monitored at all hours.
Those with addiction often do not take good care of other needs, and instead, focus on supporting substance use. Detox can help address dietary needs and provide better nutrition to those in recovery. Substance abuse can ravage physical health, and a proper balanced diet can help address the issues it may cause.
Many with addiction struggle with sleep conditions as well. Whether they oversleep and are lethargic, or struggle with insomnia as a result of substance abuse, a restful night of sleep can help bring peace to the mind and much-needed healing to the body.
Mental Health Treatment
Substance abuse dramatically affects mental health. In detox, mental health needs can be identified and addressed. With dual diagnosis at the center of our treatment approach, staff members are able to provide support during crises and can help establish the foundation for mental health support going forward in recovery.
Continued Steps Toward Recovery
Detox is often the foundation for addiction treatment. Addressing many of the physical and mental needs of those in early recovery can help them achieve a clear mind and enter treatment more readily.
What Happens After Detox?
Once someone has completed detox at Sober College, we recommend that they attend a residential treatment program where they can be away from their old environment and around peers who are also sober. Without follow-up care, the likelihood of relapse is high. Getting sober involves more than just ceasing use – it requires a complete change to the way a person operates throughout the day. Achieving sobriety and returning to enabling environments without the tools to circumvent pitfalls only prolongs the cycle of addiction rather than breaking it.
Sober College is a long-term treatment program designed to equip young adults with the tools they need to lead a successful, sober lifestyle. We offer DHS licensed and certified, and JCAHO accredited medical detoxification services for clients entering our program who are in need. We are also willing and able to arrange services for clients to attend outside detox facilities when necessary. However, even with a successful detox, early sobriety can be especially difficult as the recovery process is both a physical and mental challenge. By engaging young adults in a variety of activities and therapies, our clients are able to relearn how to enjoy life free from the influence of drugs and alcohol.
Call Sober College to Begin Your Child’s Recovery
When it comes to saving your child from their addiction, the first step can be the hardest. Feel free to give Sober College a call at 800.465.0142 or fill out our contact form to find out how to get your child back from addiction through detox, then our long term treatment program.