Detox without Distress
Published: September 10, 2018 by Eric Klinger
Detox without Distress: The Unison Health Approach
People living with an opioid addiction know what it means to be dope sick — to suffer through the aches, pains, nausea and cravings that overtake the body when it can’t get its fix. The agony can last anywhere from one to three days, and it’s terrifying enough to send a person right back to using again. For decades, though, the only way to kick heroin and other opioids was to power through the excruciating symptoms of withdrawal until the body had gone through a complete detoxification.
In recent years, though, addiction healthcare professionals have developed more effective treatment options designed to alleviate the suffering of withdrawal and ease the transition into a drug-free lifestyle. At Unison Health, we have adopted a sub-acute approach to detox that has helped people from all walks of life achieve sobriety without the discomfort that can drive people back into their addiction.
How Sub-Acute Detox Works at Unison Health
Unlike acute detox, in which the patient is hospitalized throughout the initial detoxification process, the sub-acute detox patient receives care in a more residential setting. In sub-acute detox, the patient receives 24-hour, medically monitored care tailored to his or her individual needs. The medication component to the detoxification is essential, as it helps prevent the symptoms of withdrawal from becoming too overwhelming. Unison Health’s team of licensed healthcare professionals monitor each patient as they work together to develop the ideal strategies for recovery.
Combining medication-based treatment with therapy and primary care enables Unison Health to provide a continuum of care, in which all aspects of recovery are addressed. We’ve seen this approach work for countless patients over the years, and we truly believe it can work for anyone who is ready to
What to Expect After Sub-Acute Detox
Over time, the patient is gradually weaned off the medications, as the opioids are eliminated from your body. In addition to medications, Unison Health’s approach includes group and individual therapy to address psychological issues. At Unison Health, a licensed, trained staff is on hand to ensure that you are prepared for life beyond the first stages of recovery. That course of treatment takes place in four phases.
Phase I – Pre-assessment (1-4 weeks): The Unison Health team completes a thorough diagnostic assessment and identifies your unique clinical needs.
Phase II – Intensive Outpatient (6 weeks): In group settings, you focus on understanding the basics of addiction, mental health and recovery.
Phase III – Extended Care (12 weeks): Your support group meets to address the day-to-day issues that can get in the way of recovery — and discover strategies to cope with them.
Phase IV – Ongoing Maintenance (approximately 13 months): We expect that you will have achieved total abstinence and will have established a routine within the recovery community. We also offer one-on-one counseling on an ongoing basis.
Many patients also opt to enter into Recovery Housing, where they live with people just like them who have committed themselves to life without drugs or alcohol. Recovery Housing creates an environment that helps residents maintain their sobriety, leading to decreased rates of incarceration and increased social stability.
If you or someone you care about is ready to take the first steps toward a drug-free life, remember one thing: No one has to go through it alone! The team at Unison Health is here to make sure everyone has access to guidance based on empathy and medical care based on excellent outcomes. To learn more, or, to get started on the journey of a lifetime, call Unison Health today at 419-214-HOPE.