If you’re dealing with a substance abuse issue, the first step in getting better is eliminating the toxins in your body. But doing it on your own isn’t just extremely difficult — it can also be dangerous to your health. Medical detox at Warner Plaza Urgent Care offers a patient-centered medical detox program designed to help patients take that first step toward better health while easing the problems associated with withdrawal.
If you’re like most people considering medical detox for a substance abuse problem, you probably have a lot of questions. Here’s a quick review of some of the most common questions to help you understand how medical detox at Warner Plaza Urgent Care works.
What kind of substance abuse problems does Warner Plaza Urgent Care treat?
Our healthcare providers are experienced in treating a broad array of substance abuse issues, including addiction to:
- opiate pain medications and “street drugs”, including morphine, codeine, Percocet®/OxyContin (oxycodone), Vicodin®/Norco® (hydrocodone), Dilaudid® (hydromorphone), morphine, heroin, methadone, opium, and codeine
- benzodiazepine medications, including Valium® (diazepam), Ativan® (lorazepam), Xanax® (alprazolam) and Librium® (chlordiazepoxide)
- “club” drugs and other street drugs, including cocaine, crack cocaine, crystal meth, methamphetamines, marijuana, hallucinogens, spice, ecstasy, molly, flakka, GHB and others
- alcohol, either on its own or in combination with other substances
Why can’t I just go “cold turkey” on my own?
When you have a substance abuse problem, you can become dependent on that substance physically, psychologically, or both. This dependency is what makes abstaining from the substance so very difficult and sometimes very dangerous. Quitting on your own means depriving yourself of a substance despite intense cravings. It can be much more difficult to resist those cravings when you’re on your own without any medical or professional support. And if you have a physical dependency, quitting the substance without medical assistance can cause serious health complications that can even be life threatening.
What are the benefits of medical detox?
Medical detox provides you with the support you need to conquer your abuse problem so you can move on with the next stage of your treatment. At Warner Plaza Urgent Care, our detox program provides our patients with:
- a safe environment
- continual medical attention by trained abuse treatment providers
- alternate medications to help ease the withdrawal process and protect you from withdrawal-related medical concerns
At Warner Plaza Urgent Care, you’ll have medical supervision around the clock, ensuring medications and other care are provided at prescribed intervals to keep you comfortable and on the track toward recovery.
What are the most common withdrawal symptoms?
Withdrawal symptoms can vary based on the substance that’s involved, the extent of the addiction, and even your own health and background. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- muscle aches and pains
- nausea and vomiting
- depression or irritability
Having medical care around the clock means you can avoid or lessen these symptoms so your withdrawal period is much more comfortable and safer for your health.
How does medical detox at Warner Plaza Urgent Care work?
You’ll begin the process with a thorough health exam and medical history so our staff can understand the extent of your problem and develop a program just for you. Because each patient and each abuse problem is different, your specific program will vary depending on your needs. Our medical team will discuss the details of your program before it begins so you understand what to expect. During detox, you’ll receive medications and other supportive care based specifically on your needs and your symptoms. Our medical staff will monitor your condition continually so you can focus on getting better.
How long is the medical detox program?
Medical detox is performed on a patient-by-patient basis, and since your program will be different from anyone else’s, it’s difficult to say how long any individual program will last. Most patients can complete detox in 10 days or less, while others might need a slightly longer course of treatment.
What happens once I’m done with the program?
Medical detox doesn’t necessarily rid you of your abuse problem, but it is the first important step toward kicking the habit for good. During medical detox, your body and mind will be prepared for the next phase of your journey, which typically includes residential or outpatient counseling and other support services. Our detox staff will work closely with you to recommend the most appropriate treatment program to help you get better.
Get the help you need, starting today
If you’re ready to leave your substance abuse problem behind and start a better, healthier life, medical detox can help you get started safely and successfully. To learn more about the medical detox program at Warner Plaza Urgent Care, contact the practice today.