If you have been using alcohol or drugs right up to the point you arrive at Chapters Capistrano, you are not ready to begin treatment. That’s because the drugs or alcohol are still affecting your mind. Substance use disorders such as addiction physically change the brain, hijack the reward system, and disrupt the normal production of feel-good chemicals.
Even if you have stopped all use of these substances, you may still need to complete withdrawal before treatment can begin. Withdrawal is the cravings, aches, pains, and mental anguish your body experiences as it readjusts to being alcohol- or drug-free. It can take days or weeks for physical withdrawal.
Some people think that all they need to recover from substance use disorder is a seven-day detox. Chapters Capistrano does accept some detox-only clients, but it is not recommended. Without behavioral treatment, detox is unlikely to prevent future relapses.
What is a medically supervised detox?
Detox can threaten your health and, in rare circumstances, your life. If your substance use disorders are severe enough and involve alcohol or benzodiazepine
Among the possible symptoms of sudden or cold-turkey withdrawal include:
- Aches and pains
- Slow or rapid heartbeat
- High blood pressure
Because of these possible side effects, during detox you will be closely medically supervised, especially during the first three days:
- For the first 72 hours, you will be checked on every 30 minutes.
- Fourth Day – Vitals will be take every 6 hours.
How long does detox last?
Detox at Chapters Capistrano typically lasts at least three days and as many as 10 days. How long it takes depends on:
- The substance or substances you or your loved one was using.
- How much of the substance you or your loved one was using.
- How long you or your loved one was using the substance.
- Your level of dependence on the substance.
- Your overall health.
To get an accurate assessment, be honest about your substance use during the Face-to-Face.
Where will I stay during detox?
Some rehab centers don’t perform detox or require that detox takes place in a separate facility. They may not have the equipment or staff for a proper medically supervised detox or may prefer keeping people still undergoing withdrawal away from people who have completed it.
At Chapters Capistrano, detox takes place on-site.