Medically Supervised Alcohol & Drug Detox in Austin, TX
Our medically supervised detox program is ideal for people who have relapsed or have been unsuccessful in treatment. For many who are struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol, detoxification is the first step in the recovery process. The medically supervised detox process is designed to cleanse the body of addictive substances while monitoring for any withdrawal symptoms or potential medical complications.
BRC has a 20-bed medically supervised facility located east of Austin, TX. This is a residential detox program, and clients who detox have the opportunity to transition into any of BRC’s Family of Programs upon completion.
Why Do I Need an Alcohol or Drug Detox?
Getting clean after long-term or even short-term substance use can be a dangerous process. Unsupervised alcohol and drug detox is not only unsafe, but it is typically unsuccessful. The process of stopping substance use “cold turkey” is taxing, but having medical supervision will make detox more safe, comfortable, and potentially successful.
Drug detox is crucial for anyone struggling with a substance use disorder. Whether it is alcohol or drugs, the effects of withdrawal can be devastating and even deadly. Detox is also one of the most important stages in the entire recovery process. Detox ensures that each person begins treatment with a completely sober mind and body.
What to Expect During Detox
Our curriculum incorporates the 12-step program, as well as clinical programming, to help clients heal their minds and bodies while addressing the underlying issues that lead to substance use, such as trauma, family dynamics, and self-defeating behavior patterns. These subjects are addressed in individual and group therapy sessions.
BRC Recovery’s medical detox program is individually tailored to meet the medical needs of each client. While we cannot predict precisely how long a client will be in this phase of treatment, the average length of detox is three to five days.
Each client in the detox program meets every day with a member of our medical team to discuss medical and therapeutic issues. These daily individual sessions focus on fortifying motivation for treatment, identifying the next steps once detox is complete, and empowering the client to achieve total health and wellness. Clients are also welcome to participate in group sessions throughout the day as long as they feel comfortable doing so.
Nutrition is an integral part of the recovery process. At BRC Recovery, clients are provided health-conscious meals that are prepared daily by our own in-house chef. Each client’s dietary needs are assessed upon admission, and these needs are taken into consideration during meal planning. We always seek to provide the most conscientious and optimal nutrition to our clients, which is vital to the healing process.
Our medically-supervised detox program is designed to cleanse the body of addictive substances while monitoring for any withdrawal symptoms or potential medical complications since detox can be very difficult both physically and emotionally. Detox at BRC Recovery is designed to be as safe, comfortable, and healing as possible.
Detox is often a very physical and emotional process. It’s impossible to predict which withdrawal symptoms an individual will experience, which is why at-home detox should never be attempted. The safest way to detox from addictive substances is in a medically supervised setting. Our detox services include:
- Clinical and medical evaluation. We perform a thorough assessment of each client before detox begins. A comprehensive understanding of a client’s history and length of substance use, physical and mental health, family of origin, and spiritual needs allows us to design the most individualized detox plan possible.
- Individualized Detox Treatment Planning. The more specialized the treatment, the more positive the outcome. Detox is different for everyone, which is why we take the time to develop individualized plans that address each client’s unique needs and concerns.
- 24/7 clinical and medical care. Clients are monitored 24 hours per day, seven days per week by BRC Recovery clinical and medical staff. Members of our team are also trained to administer medication to alleviate physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms as appropriate. A team of Medical Assistants supervised by our Director of Nursing work to manage all medication and medical needs of all of our clients.
- Case management. Detox can be an emotional, uncertain time for clients and their families. With permanent recovery as the goal, we provide continuous support throughout the entire treatment process. Each client works with a dedicated case manager who serves as a recovery advocate and point of contact and helps the client transition into the next phase of treatment.
What is Medication-Assisted Treatment?
Medication-assisted treatment, or MAT, utilizes FDA-approved medicines combined with counseling and therapy to treat people with substance use disorders. MAT is commonly used during alcohol and drug detox for people with severe withdrawal symptoms and cravings. These medications can help with reducing withdrawal symptoms. MAT can make the symptoms less dangerous while allowing the patient to focus more on their recovery instead of their discomfort.
The FDA-approved medications can also help reduce drug cravings. This can be especially beneficial for people with certain addictions like heroin or other opiates. Each person has a unique recovery path, and while medication-assisted treatment is not for everyone, it can be a saving grace for some.
How Does it Work?
Both opioid and alcohol abuse leads to an overwhelmingly strong addiction. Though many associate a negative connotation with using medication to help beat addiction, MAT is ethical. More intensive addictions require more intensive treatment.
Opioids have severe withdrawal symptoms. Our experienced BRC Recovery medical team is trained to administer FDA-approved medications when appropriate. As mentioned, using medication to help manage the effects of alcohol and opioid withdrawal helps many patients focus solely on their recovery.
Medication-Assisted Drug Detox for Opioid Addiction
Addiction is a common brain disease that has dramatically different effects for each person. Studies show that medication-assisted treatment during alcohol and drug detox produces more positive outcomes compared to non-medicated approaches.
In terms of opioid use, certain medications can lessen cravings that occur after stopping the use of opioid-related substances. In our program at BRC Recovery, we combine MAT with therapy and counseling to help patients shift their whole focus to the mental, emotional, and physical aspects of recovery. Some of the withdrawal symptoms that MAT can help alleviate during drug detox include:
- Joint pain
During medically-assisted treatment, our medical experts provide education and support to their patients. Alcohol and drug detox is often the most physically uncomfortable part of the recovery process. Though detox is not easy, our staff can help give you or your loved one the opportunity to recover from addiction.
Types of Medication Used in Medication-Assisted Treatment
At BRC Recovery, we only use FDA-approved medication to treat our patients. These proven and state-of-the-art medications are administered and prescribed by medical professionals who are addiction experts. The following medications are generally the most widely used in MAT.
Methadone is well-known for its use in opioid addiction treatment. Methadone is a full agonist, meaning it produces an effect by combining receptors in the brain and nervous system. Methadone blocks any euphoric effects from opioids while minimizing potentially uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms during drug detox.
When administered, the patient should feel normal while not feeling any substance cravings. We typically administer the medication once a day which can help the patient avoid lethargic effects.
Naltrexone is another popular medication used to help patients cope with uncomfortable opioid withdrawal symptoms. This drug is similar to methadone as it blocks opioid-related euphoric effects while limiting drug cravings. Naltrexone is an excellent tool for preventing relapse back into alcohol or drug abuse.
Buprenorphine is a partial agonist, unlike methadone. Being a partial agonist, buprenorphine does not fully bind to opioid receptors in the brain and body. In treatment, buprenorphine can provide the same benefits as naltrexone and methadone: alleviating withdrawal symptoms and decreasing drug cravings.
If someone that has been administered buprenorphine takes any opioid-related substance, they will experience unpleasant results. Buprenorphine is most commonly combined with naloxone, which counteracts any effects that opioids have.
Is Medication-Assisted Detox Right for Me?
Understanding the treatment process is crucial before beginning treatment. BRC Recovery can help you decide which path of recovery to take. If you are considering medication-assisted alcohol or drug detox, look into each facet of the program. Some questions that can aid your decision on moving forward with treatment are:
- Have you previously relapsed after or even during treatment?
- Is it difficult for you to sustain sobriety during abstinence-based programs?
- Are you able or willing to take FDA-approved prescription medications for the purpose of treatment and detox?
Detox and Rehabilitation in Austin, TX
BRC Recovery is designed to be as safe, comfortable, and healing as possible. Let us guide you through the first step toward permanent recovery. Contact us today to learn more about our medically supervised detox in Austin.
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BRC Recovery is designed to be as safe, comfortable and healing as possible. Let us guide you through the first step toward permanent recovery. Contact us at 1-866-461-1759 to learn more about our medically supervised detoxification.