What To Expect When Detoxing


Going to a detoxification program for the first time can be an unsettling idea. Fear of the unknown can cause many people to back out of their decision to seek treatment. However, there are some basic tenets to a good detox program. Knowing them can help someone suffering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol prepare for the life-changing program they are about to begin.

The First Step of the Detoxification Process

Detoxification from substances that a person dealing with addiction has been abusing is a crucial first step for treatment. Doctors recommend people do not attempt to detox alone. A detoxification treatment program typically offers medical supervision that monitors any physical complications that develop. Often programs will also provide psychological support to help a patient deal with uncomfortable or distressing emotions that arise.

Co-Occurring Conditions Are Common

Many people who experience addiction also have co-occurring diagnoses. Many residential addiction treatment centers also offer help for these disorders. These diagnoses can include mental health conditions such as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Panic Attacks
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

The Wide Variety of the Addiction Population

Everyone in a residential treatment program shares the commonality of suffering from addiction. From there, the differences may vary. Addiction strikes in every community without regard to gender, ethnicity, or age. Treatment programs offer help to people from many walks of life. People seeking help for addiction come from various careers, financial situations, educational backgrounds, religious affiliations, and other differing backgrounds.

When in Doubt, Ask Questions

Once a person chooses a treatment program, they can formulate a list of questions to ask. The better informed a new patient is, the easier the transition to treatment will be. Questions might include:

  • “What type of clothing should I bring?”
  • “Are personal electronic devices allowed?”
  • “Do I need to bring any specific paperwork?”
  • “How will insurance or personal payment be handled?”
  • “What is the visitation policy?”
  • “Do patients leave the facility for outside activities?”

Once a person has decided to enter a residential detoxification program, they may wonder what will happen when they get there. Preparing questions to ask before they go can be helpful. The Detox Center of Colorado offers professional treatment programs for those dealing with addiction and co-occurring mental health issues. We work closely with our patients and their families to determine a course of long-lasting treatment. Call us today to find out how we can help you get started! (303) 952-5035.

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