What is detoxification?

Detoxification is a medically supervised procedure that enables a person to overcome their physical dependence on a particular substance.

Physical dependence occurs when a person becomes tolerant to the effects of the substance, and experiences unpleasant physical withdrawal symptoms when their use of the substance ceases.

A ‘dependent’ drinker is one who needs to drink every day to avoid withdrawal symptoms such as shaking. This is not the same as a ‘dangerous’ drinker who may binge on weekends but by not drinking in the week does not experience the withdrawal effects of a dependent drinker.  Dangerous’ drinking can however lead to dependence or result in adverse physical health symptoms and a dangerous drinker may still identify as an alcoholic.  It is not the frequency and volume of alcohol (or other drugs and/or behaviours) that identifies an alcoholic (addict) but the relationship with the substance or behaviour.

Broadway Lodge provides detoxification from: alcohol, opiates including prescribed substitute medication (methadone, buprenorphine/subutex), benzodiazepines (prescribed and illicit use), and prescribed medication e.g. pain relief.

Other substances such as ketamine and legal highs do not produce physical dependence but can still require medically assisted withdrawal.

How long does detox take?

The length of the programme depends on the length and level of substance misuse and on the client’s health. Detoxification can usually be managed within the following time frames:

Alcohol - one to two weeks

Other drugs - two to four weeks.

What’s involved?

We ask the client’s GP to send us a comprehensive medical assessment prior to admission. On admission, our qualified, experienced medical team assesses the client’s withdrawal symptoms and begins prescribing to overcome the dependence.

We provide a full daily support programme to complement the physical detoxification. This includes one-to-one counselling, group therapy, lectures and workshops. We also provide complementary therapies such as acupuncture, Reiki and massage to help clients relax and to reduce anxiety.