DETOX

Detoxification, or detox, can be an essential service for people who haven’t been able to stop using alcohol or other drugs prior to starting treatment. If you have tried to end your substance use on your own but have been unable to do so, you may benefit from detox.  Withdrawal from drugs can cause life threatening symptoms, so being in a controlled environment with Medical Support is extremely important.

While you are in the detox program at St. Joseph Recovery Center, you’ll be in a safe environment under the supervision of experienced professionals. Once you complete detox, you can transition directly into the next phase of treatment, all without having to leave our care.  St. Joseph has detox units at our Parkersburg and Summersville locations.

What Happens During Detox?

As with all aspects of treatment at SJRC, detox is customized according to the unique needs of each patient, so no two people have identical experiences. However, certain general features of the detox process apply to most of our patients.

The goal of your time in detox will be to rid your body of addictive substances in a safe and comfortable manner. Your care will be provided by a team of experts, including a medical doctor, Nurse Practitioners, registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), Professional Therapists, Supportive Counselors, Case Managers, and Peer Recovery Support Specialists.  Depending upon your needs, our providers may prescribe medication and/or therapeutic support to ease withdrawal symptoms and help you manage discomfort.

Detox occurs in a closely monitored environment, so you will not be at risk for immediate relapse or other negative outcomes. Typical length of stay in detox at SJRC is 5-10 days.

Are Medication and Therapy Included in Detox?

Your time in detox at SJRC may involve both medication and therapy. As with all elements of care, the decision to include medication and/or therapy in your treatment plan during detox will be made after close consideration of your unique needs.

Various prescription medications have proved to be effective at minimizing symptoms of withdrawal from certain addictive substances. If these medications can ease your discomfort and protect your health, they will be included in your treatment plan.

At SJRC we realize that addiction is many times caused by untreated Mental Health Disorders, such as Depression, Anxiety, PTSD and Bipolar Disorder.  If you are suffering and need Mental Health evaluation and care, including medication, we have these services available.

Therapy can also be an effective means of managing distress and preparing you for the next phases of your treatment journey. Group therapy can introduce you to the principles of the 12-Step Recovery Model, allow you to form beneficial connections with others who are going through similar experiences, and help you to start to make the lifestyle changes that will support long-term sobriety.

What Are the Long-Term Advantages of Detox?

Though you will only spend a few days in detox at St. Joseph Recovery Center, the benefits of this experience can truly last a lifetime. Here are two of the many long-term advantages of detox:

First, completing detox can provide you with a sense of success and self-confidence. After the despair of addiction, realizing that you are capable of achieving freedom from substance abuse can be monumental. The path of recovery is not without obstacles; the knowledge that you are capable of overcoming challenges will serve you well in the months and years to come.

Also, the opportunity to participate in group therapy while in detox will help you build a solid foundation for recovery. In addition to demonstrating that you are not alone, groups will also show you that you can be a source of support and inspiration to others. Your active participation in the global recovery community can be life-changing.

What Happens After Detox?

Once you complete detox at St. Joseph Recovery Center, you can transition seamlessly to the next level of treatment. This protects you from immediate relapse, ensures continuity of care, and helps you to become stronger in recovery without being exposed to the stresses and pressures of everyday life.

Depending upon your needs and goals, your next step may involve continued Residential programming, or our Outpatient program. Your path will be determined solely by what works best for you.

Regardless of which levels of care you complete with us, you will leave St. Joseph Recovery Center with a detailed discharge plan. This document will ensure that you are connected with all resources that will be helpful in supporting your continued recovery in the months and years to come.