Why Do Men Need Medical Detox?

Making the decision to go to treatment is not easy. It may be one of the hardest things a man can do on the road to recovery. Going to rehab can be challenging because of all the things the person is afraid to face, including detox and withdrawal from drugs. Maybe they have tried in the past and it did not happen. Maybe it stuck for awhile, but addiction took hold again. Whatever the case, medical detox may be the right solution for some men who are struggling with addiction. Find out more about what it is, why it matters, and how to find help for addiction.

Medical Detox

Medical detox is the first step a man takes in his journey to become sober and clean in recovery. Medication will be used to help make withdrawal more comfortable from the beginning. Within the confines of a medical facility, doctors, nurses, and other staff will assist men in making a healthy transition from addiction to withdrawal, and eventually recovery. There may be fear about pain or discomfort during this process. It depends on the types of drugs the person was using, how long, and how their body adjusts to withdrawal. It is likely the person will feel discomfort but it may be dangerous to try and withdraw without the support of medical professionals on site monitoring progress.

Timeline for Detox

When a person enters detox in a medical environment, they may be there for anywhere from a few days to over a week while their body gets rid of the toxins in their system. Medically-supervised detox can reveal other issues a person may struggle with, including mental health conditions. Tests are run to support the person and make sure they are doing well. It may seem like overmanagement to some people, but for those in detox environments, it can be life-giving. Following detox, a person can be transitioned safely to inpatient rehab when they are ready. It is important to understand whether a place has a detox facility on-site or if the detox site is different than the treatment center, to which a person will be transported following detox.

How it Helps

In the comfort and safety of a medical environment, an individual may experience difficult detox symptoms under the watchful eye of professionals who can support that person through without concern for their safety or well-being. Underlying issues may be addressed including mental health conditions or multiple drug addictions and behavioral issues. Medical detox can help a person in rehab be successful with individualized treatment plans designed just with their recovery in mind. This may include:

  • Individual and group therapy
  • Medications
  • Treatment for co-occurring disorders
  • Aftercare planning for post-rehab
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Spiritual guidance or support

Just doing detox is most likely not enough to help a person on the journey to recovery. The brain and body can take months to a year to really stabilize and start to process the next steps necessary for healing in recovery. Choosing a safe detox facility, followed by rehabilitation, is important to starting the journey off well.

The Last Resort provides a safe, supportive environment for men in a retreat-like setting who need detox and inpatient rehab with a seamless transition. However you find your way to the Last Resort, we endeavor to provide a haven where you can journey through recovery feeling like your life and story have meaning and a purpose. Call us to find out more: 512-750-6750.