Medical Detox

Detox is the first step to getting your life back on track

 Habitude’s Fresh Start Detox is perfect if you are :

  • Concerned about your alcohol or substance misuse?
  • A First Responder, Teacher, Self-Employed, on Contract, or in a situation that won’t allow you to physically or financially commit to a 30-45-60-or 90 day program?
  • Looking for a safe place to get a break from your addiction?
  • Leary of attending a publicly funded withdrawal management centre due to confidentiality reasons?
  • Motivated for change?
  • Facing legal issues, divorce issues or work issues because of your drinking or drug habit?
  • Wiling and able to book a week or so off from your addiction to get well?
  • Willing to invest in your wellness?
  • Able to schedule your own detox and set up a recovery plan ?

What is a Drug or Alcohol Detox?

The most important first step in recovery is called Medical Detox 

According to the ASAM criteria, withdrawal management (detoxification) refers not only to the attenuation of the physiological and psychological features of withdrawal syndromes but also to the process of interrupting the momentum of compulsive use in persons diagnosed with substance use disorder.

Usually, the first 72 hours of withdrawal carry the most severe symptoms, health risks and require safely manages the acute physical symptoms and emotional support.

However, medical detoxification is only the first stage of addiction treatment and by itself does little to change long-term drug use. Although detoxification alone is rarely sufficient to help individuals with substance use disorders achieve long-term abstinence, for some persons it is a strongly indicated precursor to effective drug addiction treatment.

Habitude Addiction Program will offer medical supervision, use of medications such as suboxone, methadone and benzodiazepines during the withdrawal management process and recovery treatment whether is needed. The goal of medical detox is to ensure a safe recovery and minimize discomfort. Habitude’s Medical Doctors are highly qualified and have vast knowledge and practice in the substance use disorder field. 

Detoxification from certain substances can carry serious health complications and having a medically assisted detox helps create a safe foundation to begin recovery. 

Withdrawal symptoms may cause mild, moderate or serious health complications. Those symptoms  typically end after a couple of days, especially when a medical professional oversees the detox process. Some substances such as opiates can lead to prolonged withdrawal. Moreover, the pain could last for months and sometimes up to a year.

There is strong evidence to suggest that the brain itself takes approximately 14 months to heal. Thus, it is vital to incorporate a clinical team to help the client to determine which barriers must be addressed in his recovery treatment. Furthermore, a solid foundation regarding family members, work, education, legal aspects and finances issues will support a long time recovery which is necessary to decrease significantly the chances of relapse.

Healthy Person
Meth User: 1 month abstinence
Meth User: 14 months abstinence

These images showing the density of dopamine transporters in the brain illustrate the brain’s remarkable ability to recover, at least in part, after a long abstinence from drugs— in this case, methamphetamine. Source: The Journal of Neuroscience,21(23):9414-9418. 2001

Habitude Counseling and Groups

To increase the chances for long term recovery, Habitude provides psychotherapy and counseling services are a standard part of post-detox care, they are sometimes integrated during the detox process. This is more common where patients are medically stable.

Habitude Nutritional and Holistic Plans

Individuals starting a detox program may be experiencing issues with his sleeping pattern, healthy eating or things like dehydration. Over the course of the 7 day detoxification, the Habitude staff will monitor and support overall health goals with nutritional plans, that incorporate clean eating. Depending on the approach and level of care, other services such as art or music therapy, spiritual counseling, exercise and other therapies may also be incorporated in the 7 day detox program.

After Detoxification

Following the 7 days drug or alcohol detox, patients will be guided through the next step in their recovery journey. This may include extending their inpatient rehab treatment or creating a comprehensive outpatient treatment program that allows them to achieve their goals for long term recovery.  Every patient will receive objective recommendations based on their individual wants and needs.

Mouse Party

Take a look inside the brains of mice on drugs. This interactive tool  shows you how drugs can affect the brain.

how do drugs affect the brain