Before beginning treatment at Renaissance Ranch, it may be necessary for some patients to undergo detoxification. As a matter of fact, if an individuals has been using copious amounts of alcohol, opiates, or benzodiazepines (or all of those at the same time), then we require detoxification before admitting a patient to treatment. While Renaissance Ranch does not offer detoxification at our facilities, we have strong relationships with many detoxification centers in the area, and can make an appropriate referral.
A person who is in need of detoxification is at severe medical risk. Heading directly into a treatment center means that intense withdrawals will impact your treatment experience. A detoxification center can provide a medical purge of illicit substances from your body, as well as use less severe drugs to help your body work itself off of stronger ones. The detoxification process usually takes between 2-5 days, although this can vary.
Of all dangerous substances, alcohol is definitely the most abused. Alarmingly, nearly 9% of adults in the United States have an alcohol abuse disorder! However, sometimes it can be dangerous to simply stop drinking, once the body has become accustomed to having alcohol, continuously, for an extended period of time. Indeed, in heavy alcoholics, withdrawals can even be fatal, if the individual is not under medical supervision. Alcohol detoxification processes use cross-tolerant drugs to help the body safely transition to an absence of alcohol.
Drug detoxification is currently a hot topic in our country, as addiction to prescription opiates and stronger opiates, such as heroin, continues to spread throughout nearly every demographic. Opiates produce a powerful high, and cause our bodies to develop a severe dependence, which cause even more severe withdrawals. Fatalities are common when people go cold turkey on opiates, particularly heroin. Because of this, detoxification processes are absolutely a necessary first step towards addiction recovery.