Detoxification

While stepping into rehab and beginning your detoxification may seem a frightening first step, it needn’t be. We’re here to make sure your rehabilitation is as supportive to you or your loved one’s needs as much as possible.

 

What is detoxification?

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

Detoxification is a medically supervised procedure that enables a person to overcome their physical dependence on a particular substance. Our specialist medical team are here 24 hours a day, every day, so that the detoxification can be closely supervised from start to finish to ensure that clients are as comfortable as possible. From the point of admission to Broadway Lodge, our highly experienced clinicians will monitor any withdrawal symptoms and will prescribe accordingly until the client has overcome physical dependence.

Our clinicians include:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Non-medical Prescribers
  • Mental Health Nurses
  • General Nurses
  • Health Care Assistants

Broadway Lodge provides detoxification and support 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.

With alcohol, there’s a difference between a ‘dependent’ and a ‘dangerous’ drinker: 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 serious physical health symptoms and may still identify as an alcoholic.  It isn’t the frequency and volume of alcohol (or drugs) that makes an alcoholic but the relationship with the substance or behaviour.

How long does a detox take?

The length of the detox 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 (sometimes more)

What’s involved?

We ask the client’s GP to send us a comprehensive medical assessment prior to admission. On admission, our 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 and stress or anxiety they might experience.