Drug and Alcohol Detox
At Ripple Ranch Recovery, the goal of our detox program is to make our clients as comfortable as possible as their body transitions to a life free of harmful substance use.
What is Drug Detox?
The natural process of ridding a person’s body of harmful and addictive substances is known as drug detox. At Ripple Ranch Recovery, our drug and alcohol detox program is conducted in a quiet, comfortable environment that promotes healing.
We practice what is known as medically managed withdrawal, which includes the use of certain medications and other therapies to safely manage some of the harmful symptoms that can come along with quitting drug and alcohol use.
The goal of drug and alcohol detox at Ripple Ranch Recovery is to reduce any potential physical and psychological harm that can result from quitting drugs or alcohol after a period of sustained use.
Detox is often the first step in the journey to achieving a life free of substance use and finding success in recovery. This first step serves to medically stabilize clients, manage and minimize their withdrawal symptoms, prevent the possibly dangerous effects of drug withdrawal, and help them safely transition into one of Ripple Ranch Recovery’s drug and alcohol use treatment programs.
If you or a loved one are searching for drug and alcohol detox near Austin, contact our team at Ripple Ranch Recovery today.
What Is the Standard Timeline for Withdrawal?
Many factors affect the complicated process of withdrawal:
- The type of substance the person is detoxing from
- Length of time client has been addicted to the substance
- The method of delivery (injecting, smoking, swallowing, or snorting)
- The genetic makeup and other biological factors of the person
- Other mental health issues or underlying unmet medical needs
Because withdrawal symptoms vary from person to person, it is very important that treatment be tailored to meet each person’s individual needs.
The Symptoms of Withdrawal
- Extreme confusion and paranoia (fear people want to harm you)
- Changes in heartbeat
- Increased blood pressure
- Fever and intense sweating
- Nausea, diarrhea, and other abdominal symptoms
- Heavy sweating and increased body temperature
- Intense audio and visual hallucinations (hearing and seeing things that aren’t there)
- Delirium tremens (DTs) and seizures (in severe cases of alcohol use disorder)
As is the case with most substance addictions, the length of time the detox process lasts depends on how long the person has been addicted to alcohol. Often, detox will extend beyond 48 hours, and if the addiction was severe enough, detox can last several days. A majority of the time, the most extreme symptoms will subside after just five days.
Opioid and Heroin Detox
- Excessive sweating and tearing
- Muscle cramping and body aches
- Paranoia and anxiety
- Excessive yawning
- Insomnia or trouble sleeping
After the first 24 hours, the more intense symptoms of opioid withdrawal can begin to show themselves. These symptoms include:
- Diarrhea and extreme abdominal discomfort
- Goosebumps and body chills
- Nausea and vomiting
- Dilated pupils and possibly blurred vision
- Rapid heart rate
- Increased blood pressure
Although these symptoms can be very unpleasant and painful, they typically begin to improve after about 72 hours of medical supervision. Within a week, there will typically be a significant decrease in the acute symptoms of opioid withdrawal.
- Difficulty concentrating
- Slowed thinking or activity
- Aggression and hostility
- Anxiety and depression
- Intrusive suicidal thoughts
- Vivid dreams and nightmares
- Intense drug cravings
While physical symptoms such as chills and body aches are fairly common when a person is experiencing cocaine withdrawal, they typically pass quickly. Our skilled detox specialists at Ripple Ranch Recovery will be with you every step of the way to help you cope with the severe psychological symptoms you may experience.
What to Expect from Medically Supervised Detox at Ripple Ranch
- 24-hour-a-day supervision from compassionate medical professionals
- Medical management of withdrawal symptoms in a comfortable environment with semi-private rooms
- Standardized psychological and psychiatric assessments
- Help with understanding the underlying issues driving your substance use disorder
- A unique treatment plan created to meet your specific needs
- Assistance in identifying and achieving your goals in recovery
Detox doesn’t treat the underlying psychological or trauma issues surrounding addiction; detoxing only removes the physical addiction to drugs or alcohol. So it’s important to connect with a detox center that can provide ongoing support once you’ve been medically stabilized.
Medication-assisted Treatment (MAT)
During detox at Ripple Ranch, we will use certain medications to make sure you remain comfortable while under our care. We use medications that can relieve the symptoms of withdrawal along with behavioral therapy and holistic treatments. These have proved to be most effective in the handling of alcohol and opioid use disorders.
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)during detox helps to stabilize the brain’s chemistry and body functions without side effects. It shuts off the euphoric or ”high” effects of opioids and alcohol and eases the body carefully away from cravings. The brain is able to relax and focus on recovery rather than the extremely uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal. The medication used in MAT are as follows:
- Naltrexone (Vivitrol)
- Buprenorphine (Probuphine/Suboxone)
- Disulfiram (Antabuse)
- Acamprosate (Campral)
- Modafinil (Provigil)
- Mirtazapine (Remeron)
- Lorazepam (Ativan)
- Vitamin supplements and electrolytes