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Detoxification treatment

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?

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 24/7 to ensure the detoxification is made as comfortable as possible.

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.

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.

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.

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.