If you or a loved one want to stop drugs and detox, we can help. Our purpose build rehab clinic is able to facilitate full medical detoxes for all different kinds of drugs.
When an individual conjures up an image of what a drug detox might be like, they may think of the Trainspotting scene where the lead character is locked in a room and forced to go “cold turkey” from heroin;..hallucinations, sweats, vomiting, diarrhea and mind games all ensue. This would be enough to put anyone off detoxing! Whilst this could be true of a heroin user that does not seek medical assistance, for the patients at Primrose Lodge, the reality is very, very different. Our patients are afforded high levels of medical care and support throughout the detox process. Our CQC regulated rehab follows very strict guidelines and policies relating to all of our services, including medical detox. We will ensure you are made as comfortable as possible, we do not want you to suffer! We offer a loving and healing environment where your safety and wellbeing comes first.
A medical drug detox is required when a dependency to a drug has developed. Abruptly stopping a drug can lead to very unpleasant withdrawal symptoms and can in some cases even endanger the individual’s life. By undergoing a medical detox the withdrawal symptoms are carefully managed and heavily reduced; making it far more probable that the individual will see the detox through to the end.
Dependency occurs when an individual has developed a tolerance to the drug they are taking. They are reliant on the drug to help them feel better physically and mentally. Dependency to a drug usually develops over a period of time of regular use. For example:
An individual may smoke 2 bags of Heroin a day for 2 weeks. At the end of the 2 weeks, they find it is no longer having the same effect, so they increase to 3 bags a day…then 4 etc. They may eventually end up adding another drug to try and achieve the same effect. To stop this amount abruptly would result in very unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. They now have a physical dependency to heroin that developed only after 2 weeks of use.
Dependency can occur with any drug that has the potential for an addiction to develop, this includes opiate based prescription drugs, over the counter medicines, sleeping tablets and tranquillisers. Alcohol is also notoriously addictive and could be described a “drug in liquid form”.
Where a dependency has developed to a drug, it is recommended that a medical detox is undertaken in order to avoid withdrawal symptoms and ensure the individual’s safety.
In an ideal world and individual with a dependency to a drug would slowly wean themselves off; this reduces withdrawal symptoms. However, for an addict that is compelled to take more….this task can prove impossible. This is why many addicts attempt the very dangerous “cold turkey” approach. They recognise that they cannot control their drug taking, so their only viable solution is to stop all together, abruptly. In doing so they are sending the body and brain into a shock reaction. When dependency develops, the brain’s receptors have adapted to having a certain amount of a drug fed to them every day. To starve them of their “food” causes all manner of mental and physical complications.
A medical detox stops the body and brains shock reaction whilst still removing the drug completely. Undergoing a medical detox at Primrose Lodge, our qualified Doctor, following an assessment, will prescribe you an approved substitute medication to replace the drug or drugs you have been taking. This will then be reduced over a safe period of time until the detox is completed. All the while, you will be continually monitored by medical professionals and supported therapeutically by our Counsellors and staff. As a fully registered and regulated rehab facility, we are very adept to delivering this specialised service. Once the detox is completed you will be completely drug free!
In the vast majority of cases, the answer is no. Where an individual has suffered an addiction at the levels that have caused them to be dependent, a detox alone is rarely sufficient. Addiction resides in the individual mind, in their thinking and in their subsequent actions. They suffer from a compulsion that is beyond their mental control. Just because the drug has been removed, does not necessarily mean that the compulsion has been removed or that it won’t one day return. In order to safeguard against relapse we strongly recommend a minimum of 28 days inpatient programme. This gives our counsellors and therapists the time to work with you to heal your mind, body and spirit. Whilst with us you will undergo a number of proven and highly effective addiction treatments to assist with the shift in thinking that is required in order for you to stay clean. We will also tackle the root causes of your addiction and heal any past issues that could be a potential blockage in your future recovery.
Primrose Lodge are able to offer a full medical detox for any drug that creates a physical dependency, this includes, but is not limited to:
If you have any questions relating to how we can help you to detox as an individual, or have any questions relating to any other aspect of our programme and care, please call us now! We can facilitate immediate admissions and get you on the road to a full and permanent recovery today!