Journey Malibu Drug and Alcoholism Rehab Detoxification Program
Detoxification is a word used to describe two medical categories of management,
one or both of which may be present at the time of treatment:
1) Management of intoxication
2) Management of Withdrawal symptoms.
The goals of detoxification at Journey Malibu:
1) To provide a safe withdrawal from the drug, rendering the patient drug free.
2) To provide withdrawal that is humane, thus protecting the patient’s dignity.
3) To prepare the patient for treatment of their dependence.
Detoxification should cover all aspects of the individual’s withdrawal and purification from drugs.
How does Detoxification work?
The principle behind pharmacologic intervention is to replace the substance in the brain with a similar “cross-tolerant” drug that is safer and can be decreased in a controlled manner. Examples of “cross-tolerant” drugs are methadone for opiate withdrawal, or benzodiazepines for alcohol withdrawal. Another method of detoxification is to use a drug that alters the signs and symptoms of withdrawal by the neuropharmacologic pathway like clonidine for opiate withdrawal. It is important to remember that detoxification only addresses the acute physical presence, or absence, of the addictive substance. It is the precursor to effectively treating “substance use disorder” or addiction.
Is Detoxification the same for everybody?
If detox is warranted, many factors must be taken into consideration, such as:
1) The severity of your addiction. The level of detoxification you receive will depend on the level of physical dependency on your substance of choice, i.e., the severity of your addiction.
2) Your age. Younger people in their 20’s often have a much milder detoxification than older individuals.
3) Your medical history. If you have a history of seizures or delirium tremens, you are at a higher risk for severe withdrawal symptoms.
4) For alcohol, another factor is the amount of times you have gone through withdrawal already. There may be a kindling effect whereby there is an increased risk of seizure with multiple episodes for alcohol withdrawal.
Should I try to detoxify on my own?
Attempting to put yourself through the detoxification process is not advisable. For one thing, detoxification requires the kind of careful monitoring and medical care that can be very hard to provide for yourself. Consequently, detoxing on your own rarely succeeds, which means you’ll have to endure all the withdrawal symptoms again when you reach out for professional help.
For these reasons, we recommend detoxification under the supervision of a allopathic professional, preferably in an inpatient, residential treatment center, such as Journey Malibu, where we will provide the healthy food and therapeutic support necessary to ensure a safe and gentle detoxification. Our allopathic team specializes in preparing a cutting-edge, individualized detoxification plan that takes into account the circumstances of your particular substance disorder and/or medical history.
At Journey Malibu, your detoxification will be carefully monitored and staff supervised to ensure a gentle and pain-free process.
Should I be concerned about Detoxification?
Let us allay your concerns. Detoxification at Journey Malibu is a completely safe process, especially when performed in the safe and comfortable environment we provide here at Journey Malibu. Detoxification does not have to be unpleasant in a safe and healing environment.
Alternatives to Allopathic Detox
The truth is, a allopathic detox may not be necessary for everyone. At Journey Malibu, we pride ourselves on providing a wealth of options through the treatment process. In addition to a allopathic detoxification, which often entails replacing one drug with another, we also offer a thorough Holistic Detoxification regimen. Detoxification is an individual process, which depends on a number of variables. You may begin with allopathic-only and slowly transition to a holistic detoxification regime. Other patients may not need any allopathic detoxification and will begin with a holistic detoxification.
Among alternative therapists, detoxification is actually considered one of the most exciting tools in natural medicine both for its simplicity and its superior therapeutic results.
Each individual will be given the opportunity to rid their bodies of toxins through a natural process. Specially designed herbs to cleanse and rejuvenate. Healing foods are our specialty. Journey Malibu’s chef, works with fresh local organic produce, Hormone and pesticide free, dairy, fish meat and poultry, which help reduce cravings, promote health, and clear your mind.
Mental Detoxification, the cleansing of our minds of negative thought patterns, is essential to health and well-being and can aid in this process. We have found that while it is important to cleanse our bodies of toxins, it is equally important to cleanse our mind of negative thought patterns. The natural detoxification process helps our patients uncover and express hidden frustrations, anger, resentments, and fear, and replace them with the more positive, spiritual sustenance of emotions like forgiveness, love, joy and hope.
Whichever of our many routes you choose, you can rest assured that at JOURNEY MALIBU’s Drug and Alcohol Rehab, you will receive the constant care and supervision of our professional staff, along with the easy availability of treatment for other complications that may arise.
We are available to answer any personal questions or concerns you may have about Detoxification, and the various methods we have to offer you congruent with your needs and philosophies.
Call us 24/7 at (877) 673-4225.