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Detox in the State of Washington

Drug and alcohol addiction is most successfully fought through superior treatment, beginning with detox. Detoxification allows individuals to eliminate the dangerous and harmful chemicals that have built up in their system through prolonged substance abuse.

We have excellent relationships with detox facilities in the Pacific Northwest and surrounding areas, and will assist you with detox placement should you or your loved one require this service prior to entering our drug addiction treatment program.

During your stay at a detox facility, you will have access to doctors and all the resources you need to take the first steps to put an end to your addiction and begin rebuilding your life.

Why Detox?

detoxWith drug and alcohol abuse disorders on the rise, drug detox centers and therapy centers are essential. There are approximately 2 ½ million visits to the emergency room for drug-related issues.

Drugs or alcohol are safely purged from the body in a detox center, alleviating withdrawal symptoms. A detox center is a place where the symptoms of withdrawal are controlled and managed carefully.

People who struggle with alcohol or drug addiction have many underlying complex issues that must be resolved to get the best results. Unfortunately, most people who struggle with either alcohol, heroin or marijuana do not meet their goals with just one visit to rehab. The entire process takes a little more time and effort. For the best results, individuals must first go into detox and receive necessary medical treatment. Individuals who visit Free by the Sea have access to all the resources they need right at their fingertips.

Detoxification is the first step in the process that individuals must complete for a full recovery. During the detox phase, individuals are slowly weaned off drugs or alcohol under the supervision of a physician. They are monitored by a doctor because people in detox usually experience a long list of side effects. Although every individual is different, most experience the same symptoms. Some common symptoms individuals experience are mood swings, headaches, sweating, and nausea.

Detox may also generate serious side effects that are a cause for concern and can have a tremendous impact on a patient. Some individuals experience life-threatening symptoms that require immediate medical attention. Individuals who undergo detox have the added reassurance that they will be under doctor supervision throughout the process. Doctors are available to answer questions, guide you through the process and prescribe medications that are designed to help you deal with all the side effects. Psychotherapists are also on call to help individuals deal with all of the various emotional issues that recovering addicts must deal with as well.

Types of Detox

Can Detox Alone Cure Addiction?

Detoxing by itself is definitely not enough to curb the addiction habit. Quitting some drugs by yourself can be dangerous or even deadly. In those instances, it is better to seek a facility that specializes in detoxing.

A detox facility with a medical staff that supervises their patients can prevent complications during detox. In some facilities, medications are given to lessen the withdrawal symptoms.

Detox Medications Include:

  • Benzodiazepines are medicines that help with substance withdrawal symptoms. This type of medication has a sedative effect and helps curb anxiety. Benzos are often prescribed to users who are addicted to opiates and alcohol.
  • Antidepressants are also medicines to help with withdrawal symptoms. Drugs and alcohol cause a malfunction in the chemicals in the brain. Individuals going through detox may feel depressed. Medications like antidepressants often help with these symptoms.
  • Clonidine is a medication that is usually given to patients for withdrawals from opiates and alcohol. This medication is helpful for clients who are having seizures and tremors. Clonidine also helps alleviate cramps and muscle aches.
  • Naltrexone is another medication to help with alcohol detox and can actually stop the urge to drink.
  • Acamprosate is a medication used for detoxing alcohol from the body. This medication can help with the physical and emotional effects that are associated with abusing alcohol. The first medication approved for alcohol abuse disorder was Disulfiram. If the patient drinks while taking Disulfiram, the patient will get sick.
  • Methadone is a drug prescribed to patients that have an opiate or opioid addiction. A little over twenty percent of the people who are prescribed Methadone help with addiction to opiates continue to use Methadone for life.

Length of Detox

The length of detox can differ from person to person. Some people may start to feel the effects of withdrawal symptoms within a couple of hours after stopping the drug or having a drink. These effects can subside within a few days.

Some of these symptoms can last several weeks or even months.

The determining factors of the length of withdrawal symptoms are as follows:

  • If the substance is alcohol or a drug
  • What type of drug the person is addicted to
  • How severe is alcohol or drug addiction
  • How the drug was used
  • History of the individual’s family in association with drugs
  • How much of the substance was taken
  • Drug allergies
  • Age of the patient
  • Gender of the patient
  • The person’s genetic makeup
  • Does the person have any medical conditions
  • Does the person have any mental health disorders

Depending on the drug, not everyone who seeks drug addiction treatment must be admitted to a detox facility prior to receiving treatment at Free by the Sea. For medical reasons, however, some clients will be required to undergo detox prior to entering our drug addiction treatment program.

We have excellent relationships with detox facilities in the Pacific Northwest and we will assist you with detox placement.

Drug Detoxification Is the First Step to Recovery

Individuals who enter a drug treatment program have access to all the resources they need to get through the process and manage all the symptoms in an effective, efficient, painless, and safe manner. They are constantly evaluated and monitored by a doctor throughout the entire process. The doctors have experience dealing with all the various issues that recovering addicts experience. Whether you need medication, have questions or require further assistance, doctors are available to help you get through detox.

The Basics of Withdrawal Management

Individuals who are addicted to heroin will need to take methadone or buprenorphine. Doctors must determine the right levels of buprenorphine or methadone. Determining the right levels of medication can take more time than expected at first, but it is an important part of the recovery process.

Other medications that help individuals manage and cope with physical pain and other problems may be prescribed as needed. For best results, doctors continuously monitor medication levels throughout the process to make certain patients receive the proper dosages. Once doctors determine an individual is receiving the proper dosage, the person is slowly weaned off the medication until the drugs are no longer in the system.

The Seven Keys to Successful Detoxification

To get the best results, individuals should take the time to learn as much as they can about detoxification. Individuals who take the time to learn about the detoxification process usually have an easier time completing the process. In addition, they also have the information they need to begin building a solid emotional and physical foundation for a brighter future. Individuals should always keep the following seven keys to a successful detox in mind.

Key #1

Once in treatment, never stop treatment unless your doctor tells you treatment is complete. Individuals who follow doctors’ orders and do not stop treatment have less chance of relapsing after release. The most successful individuals are those who stay in treatment until they are ready to start fresh on their own.

Key #2

Invest in yourself for best results. Rehabilitation takes time and patience, but it is well worth the effort. After you have completed the entire process, you will be glad you took the time to invest in yourself.

Key #3

Have faith that all will go well. Never doubt you have the ability to overcome your struggles with addiction. Have faith in yourself that you will be able to get through the process. By working directly with your physician and taking advantage of all the resources available, you will complete the program efficiently and effectively.

Key #4

Never attempt to detoxify on your own. Individuals who stop drinking or taking drugs on their own are taking a very big chance. This is because a lot can go wrong during and after detox, including but not limited to relapse. For the best results, individuals should complete the detox process under the supervision of a physician.

Key #5

Listen to your doctor. No matter what issues may arise during detox, you can count on your doctor to help you throughout the process. Your doctor has specific experience treating individuals in detox. By listening to your doctor, you may be able to complete the detoxification process faster. Whether your doctor has urged you to get more sleep, drink more water or do something else, you should always follow your doctor’s orders.

Key #6

Get along with others. Once you start detox, chances are you will make friends with others who are also in treatment here at Free by the Sea. Your new friends can help you get through the program. In addition, many of your new friends can also offer you additional support after you are released.

Key #7

Never lie. The key to success is to be honest and open with your doctors and counselors. Take the time to let them know about your entire medical history, including but not limited to mental illness or health issues you may be struggling with at the time. By taking the time to be honest with your doctors, you will be on your way to a speedy recovery.

detox processCertain Classes of Drugs Require Focused Detox

Not every drug withdrawal is the same with regard to detoxification. Certain classes of drug withdrawals are so severe that detox should only be done under the direct supervision of a licensed physician and counselor. Trying to detox on your own without a doctor can have an impact on results.

Heroin produces a combination of side effects, including a euphoric high and drowsiness. Individuals who use heroin will start to experience some of the withdrawal symptoms within 24 hours from the last time the drug was used. The symptoms typically last for one week. Individuals who are weaned from the drug often experience a long list of withdrawal symptoms, including but not limited to diarrhea, vomiting, chills, watery eyes, nausea, and other symptoms.

Alcohol is a sedative that can cause coma or sudden death. People who stop drinking usually start experiencing symptoms of alcohol withdrawal within 24 hours from the last time of use and can last as long as one week. In addition, symptoms of withdrawal can also begin once the blood alcohol levels begin to decrease. Individuals who are going through detox may experience seizures, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, and death. Doctor supervision is advised because individuals often experience an increase in their heart rate, blood pressure, and overall body temperature.

Find out how Free by the Sea, a highly acclaimed rehabilitation center located in the State of Washington, can help you put an end to your addiction. The sooner you enter a detox program; the sooner you can take the steps to begin rebuilding your life and begin working on all of the relationships that may have deteriorated over the years. Don’t let your addiction to drugs or alcohol consume your life.

What is Rapid and Ultra-Rapid Detox?

In some instances, patients want to do rapid detox using extreme methods to make the process faster. This is a process where the individual is sedated and given other medications to replace the substances that the individuals are addicted to. Detox can be as little as a few hours for ultra-rapid detox. Detox can last a few days for regular rapid detox. However, rapid detox can be dangerous. Approximately 1 in 500 die in the ultra-rapid detox process.

Rapid detox can cause the following:

  • Cardiovascular problems including heart attacks
  • Depression and paranoia
  • Increase in the individual’s body temperature
  • Lung and airway issues
  • Increase in infections
  • Abdominal issues
  • Choking
  • In some instances, it can cause death

The Steps of Detox

  • The evaluation process is the first step in the detoxing protocol.
  • To stabilize the patient is the next step in the detoxing protocol.
  • To prepare the patient for additional treatment and therapy is the last step in the detoxing protocol.

There are different steps in the detoxing protocol. These steps are pretty much universal.

Detox While Pregnant

Detoxing while pregnant is especially dangerous. Drinking or using drugs while pregnant harms the unborn baby. If a woman is pregnant and she is abusing drugs and/or alcohol, a detox center or a hospital is where she can get medical care while detoxing.

Being medically monitored is beneficial for both the mother and the baby. Medical staff that specializes in detoxing can keep both the mothers and the babies safe during the detox process.

What Comes After Detox?

Detox is only the first step in your journey to sobriety. After detox, a therapy program must be designed for the individual. The patient should discuss the next course of action with an addiction professional. This will help ensure a patient’s success in their journey towards sobriety.

Different types of addiction therapies include:

  • Partial hospitalization is where the patient is in the rehab center during most of the day but still resides in their home.
  • Outpatient addiction treatment therapy is for patients who are less severely addicted. This is an excellent option for people who work. The patients can go to therapy either before or after work. If you or a loved is in need of an outpatient therapy program, contact us at Free by the Sea.

Take the first step and call today. Take charge of your life before your addiction takes complete control of you. Start the process so you can begin repairing your relationships with family and friends.

Contact Free by the Sea

Contact Free by the Sea at to learn how we can help you achieve your goals. We are a nationally acclaimed addiction treatment facility, located in the State of Washington, with proven results. Find out how we can assist you in finding a detox program that can help you rebuild your life. Only you can take the first step to begin leading a new life.

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