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Inpatient Detox In NYC

The first step to successfully treat substance use disorder (SUD) is to get the substance out of the body. This process is commonly called detoxification, or “detox.” Although detox is vital, it usually has uncomfortable side effects. For some drugs, such as heroin or benzos, detox can be fatal if not medically supervised. A quality inpatient detox program can help treat these symptoms and keep patients safe and comfortable. If you are looking for treatment options for SUD, you need to know:

  • How addiction affects the body
  • When inpatient detox is the best choice
  • What to expect before, during, and after detox

How Addiction Affects The Body

When a person uses a substance for the first time, the brain fires off pleasure circuits. This is the “high” that most people think of. Continued use rewires the brain, which comes to depends on the substance to function. If the substance is missing, the brain sends out “panic signals” to the body for more. These signals are known as withdrawal. Some of the common symptoms of withdrawal include:

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Anxiety
  • Tremors
  • Irritability
  • Vomiting
  • Depression

For substances such as heroin and benzos, withdrawal symptoms can be much more severe. Left untreated, withdrawal can cause a patient to resume use just to make the symptoms go away. 

When Inpatient Detox Is The Best Choice

For patients with severe SUD, inpatient detox may be the best choice for a variety of reasons. First, inpatient detox allows patients to be monitored 24 hours a day for symptoms. Medical staff has a variety of treatment options available for almost any substance withdrawal. If symptoms change, staff will be able to adjust medication as needed. Second, inpatient detox is designed to maximize patient comfort. Patients are generally given a room with comfortable furnishings. Nutritious meals and snacks are provided, along with plenty of fluids. 

Most importantly, inpatient detox gives the patient a safe space to begin recovery. Some detox facilities are run by comprehensive recovery centers. When patients check in for detox, they have a full care plan for recovery and therapy after treatment. Once the body is substance-free, care teams can move patients into the next phase of recovery smoothly. The patient may stay on-site, and maybe working with the same care team throughout recovery.

What To Expect Before Detox

If you are exploring recovery for the first time, the process can seem overwhelming at first. Fortunately, NYC offers a number of medical detox facilities that can meet your needs. Facility intake staff will conduct a full medical examination. Be sure to tell your intake coordinator about any substances or medications you are taking. Staff may also conduct a psychological and social interview as well. Be prepared to discuss your family history and your current living situation. Many centers will offer a tour prior to admission. If you have questions, feel free to ask! Your care team will want you to be comfortable and at ease with the process.

What To Expect During Detox

Once you are admitted, your care team will administer medication as needed to control withdrawal symptoms. You will either have a private or semi-private room. Contrary to myth, modern detox centers are designed with luxury amenities for maximum comfort. Some centers even employ private chefs. Your care team may offer therapy or 12 step meetings while in detox. Most stays last anywhere from a few days to 2 weeks.

What To Expect After Detox

Once you are finished with inpatient detox, you will start rehabilitation and recovery. Depending on your care plan, this may happen at the same facility. We at NYC Addiction Services will work with you to develop your plan prior to detox. You may begin with either full or partial inpatient treatment. As time goes on, you may move to outpatient treatment as you reintegrate with normal life. Your care team may have you continue with medication to treat long-term symptoms. You may also have follow-up appointments with center medical staff. Our partner agencies are committed to your health for the long term. 

Start Your Journey Today

Heroin and benzos addiction plague thousands of NYC residents every year. If you are living with addiction, it is not your fault. SUD is a treatable medical condition, not a moral failure. Our staff and partners understand your needs and will treat you with dignity and respect. You can visit our site, or call us at 718-208-4202. We can work with most major insurance plans and payment options. Let us help you take the first step to freedom.