There comes a time in an addict’s life when he or she becomes an addict. We didn’t even know it or realize it at the time. It took us by surprise. One day we were enjoying a few beers or a couple of joints at the beach with our friends, then as we get older perhaps a few lines of coke to stay up and keep dancing the night away. Then when morning comes around after a night of partying, we may have not been able to go to sleep, so a few Valium or Xanax with a beer did the trick.
All of this seemed normal; everyone you hung out with did the same along with working full-time jobs and progressing in life. You didn’t even know what you were doing was starting to become a problem. You had a job, you were getting passing grades in school so what’s the big deal you do some lines of coke in between classes or had a glass of wine after work every day.
You hear friends and family saying. “You may have a problem”. But you know they have no idea what your life is like and if they did they would drink or drug too. Then it’s too late. There is no turning back you have become physically, mentally and emotionally dependent on a substance. You have become addicted.
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One thing is for sure, you will never forget your first time walking through the doors of a detox facility. It may be one of the scariest choices (if it’s your own choice) that you’ll ever have to make. You try to make sense of everything and tell your self over and over that you can handle this and you don’t need detox but then remember you have tried to control the drug abuse for years to no avail. You finally give up and are just too tired to fight anymore and you take your first step towards sobriety.
When you first walk into an inpatient drug detox facility, you may notice security such as cameras or a security guard. This is for protection of the staff as well as the patients. Just like a doctor’s office, you have to fill out some paperwork and go through an intake interview done by your case manager. This can seem like it goes on for hours. By this time all you want to do is go to sleep or run out the door. You may be going through some anxiety and the cravings of using are definitely screaming at you.
A nurse then usually brings you to the medical area where you are separated from your belongings, which will be searched by another technician, and you are searched as well. You get your vitals taken along with a urinalysis and blood sample. This will let the medical staff what drugs are still in your system.
How Does a Day in Drug Detox Look?
Next, you are shown the facility. You’ll receive a quick tour to see where the common rooms are, the showers, cafeteria, smoking area and your room where you will have a roommate or, if you’re lucky, a room to yourself with your own television and bathroom. There are usually a few rooms where a meeting can be held, movies can be watched or where board games can be played.
The cafeteria area may have snacks and drinks readily available whenever you want but meals; breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided on a daily schedule only for a certain about of time. There may also be vending machines of candy or other food items, which can only be purchased through a money card that can be loaded by your own money only. Besides mealtime, there is also medication provided by nurses, three times a day, to patients that need certain medications to help with withdrawals or for other medical needs.
There will be a certain number of behavioral health technicians (BHT’s) that you will meet usually two teams; day and night. These technicians take vitals and monitor the patients around the clock to make sure everybody is safe and handling the detox process well. Vital checks are done twice a day when you wake up and before you go to bed and once during the night when you are first admitted. Vitals can be annoying but are necessary to make sure everyone is responded well with the shock of drugs or alcohol leaving their system.
The length of your stay depends on what drug or drugs you were using and the length, which you were using them. A few days before you leave, you usually meet with a counselor to discuss what treatment center you are going to continue your recovery. The time spent at the detox facility may feel like an eternity but whatever the stay is, it is needed to begin your process into a life of recovery. We at Allure Detox understand how hard it is to admit that you have a substance abuse problem, but we also understand that sobriety isn’t possible without taking this first step.
Get the Help You Need with Allure Detox
When it comes to Allure Detox, we provide much more than the bare minimum. Of course, we help clients stop using safely – that’s just a given. Almost as important as that, though, is that we offer clients the foundation for a lifetime of relief and recovery.
That’s the Allure Detox promise: that patients leave our care with more than good health at their disposal. Our focus is on minimizing your withdrawal symptoms to a comfortable level while beginning the comprehensive treatment process that will keep you sober.