When is Detox Necessary?

When an addict or alcoholic becomes physically dependent upon a substance they will experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop consuming that substance.  Detox is necessary to minimize the symptoms of drug and alcohol withdrawal and maintain the patient's physical well being.  The symptoms and length of the withdrawal process depend on what drugs the patient used and how long they have been abusing them.

During medical detox, the patient's vital signs are monitored and their emotional stability is gauged to ensure that they will not suffer any harm or inflict harm on others.  Patients who have been abusing alcohol, opioids or benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, ect.) should always undergo a medically supervised detox.  These are the most dangerous drugs to withdrawal from.  A medical professional should be present throughout the process to treat any adverse reactions that the patient might encounter.  During this period, medication is often necessary to manage the more severe symptoms of withdrawal. 

Dallas Texas Medical Detox

Medications used in Detox

Upon admittance to our Medical Detox Program, our addiction treatment clinicians will perform a comprehensive evaluation to determine the individual needs of each patient.  The purpose of this is to create a detox plan tailored to the specific physical and psychological necessities of the patient.  Our clinicians will discern what drugs have been used and to what extent as well as if the patient has a co-occurring mental disorder.  These psychological disorders may or may not have been previously diagnosed or medicated by a psychiatrist. 

In some cases, medication will be administered to help treat these symptoms.  Aside from psychiatric drugs, other medications may be employed to ease withdrawal symptoms or decrease cravings.  These are administered on a case by case basis.  Some of the most common detox medications include:

  • Naltrexone - This is an FDA-approved medication that is used to treat patients with alcohol or opioid addictions.  Naltrexone is an opioid antagonist that blocks the effects of opioids in the brain.  This nullifies the euphoric effects of opiates and also decreases cravings for opioids and alcohol.
  • Suboxone - Since 2002, Suboxone has been approved by the FDA to treat opioid addiction.  Similar to methadone, this medication is used to treat opiate withdrawal symptoms.  However, it carries less addiction and overdose risk than methadone.
  • Vivitrol - This is a long-lasting injection that contains the same active ingredients as Naltrexone.  As opposed to the daily oral dosage of Naltrexone, Vivitrol injections last a month help to establish long-term abstinence from opiate and alcohol abuse.
Dallas Drug and Alcohol Detox

Our Medical Detox Program

Our Medically Monitored Withdrawal Management Program provides 24-hour nursing care with a physician on-site to handle significant problems. Psychological counseling is also available 16 hours a day. Clients of our Dallas Texas detox have often had a recent history of withdrawal management at a less intensive level of care, marked by an inability to complete the process or enter into continuing addiction treatment.

Riverwalk Ranch is the appropriate setting for clients with subacute biomedical and emotional, behavioral, or cognitive problems that require inpatient treatment. Patients in our medical detox program receive integrative medical care in a safe, home-like environment. Our prescribing doctors’ aim is to keep our clients as comfortable as possible during their detox.

Treatment Modalities

When you arrive at Riverwalk Ranch you’ll undergo a comprehensive medical and psychological evaluation that looks at your substance abuse history, co-occurring mental health disorders, and ongoing medical issues. This initial assessment ensures that you receive a customized care that will effectively address your needs. In our treatment program, you’ll work with a primary therapist and multidisciplinary team to collaborate on your individualized treatment plan, focusing on your interpersonal strengths, rehabilitation needs, assessments, and preferences. Your customized treatment schedule is revisited throughout the program stay to look at your treatment progression and to make sure your level of care is still clinically appropriate.

As part of the treatment plan the client may participate in any number of these recovery-oriented services:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Traumatic Incident Reduction Therapy (TIR)
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Medication Management
  • Reality and Solution-Based Therapy
  • Psycho-Education
  • EMDR
  • Neurofeedback/Biofeedback

Our Programs

Our board-certified Psychiatrists will assess and determine placement into our programs. All clients will have access to:

Medical Services: Our onsite Medical team is there to address any concerns at every moment.
Medication Management and Education: Individual and group education performed by qualified staff.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Work one on one with a primary therapist to learn to recognize and correct harmful behaviors.
Interactive journaling exercises: Express and explores past traumas and motivations.
Life coaching: Build skills that are applicable in real-world situations.
Relapse Prevention: Learn tools to maintain long-term recovery.
Psychoeducation: Learn about co-occurring mental health disorders and their treatment.
Mindfulness exercises: Learn to monitor one’s own behaviors.
Trauma-informed groups: Delve into the underlying causes of addiction.
Gender-based therapy groups: Address the gender-based issues one encounter during recovery.
Discharge Planning and follow through: Our clinical team will start the discharge planning process on the first day of admission. We will work to establish the safest and most effective plan to safeguard and maintain the work put in during your treatment.
Relapse Management: Medical education on vivitrol and naltrexone for continued recovery.
Optional 12-Step programs: A regimented approach to recovery which benefits those in need of a 12-step program.
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