Located near Seattle, Cascade Behavioral Health Hospital’s drug detoxification program is an optimal environment in which to end your active abuse of alcohol, benzodiazepines, opioids, or other addictive substances and take an essential first step toward long-term recovery.
What happens during drug addiction withdrawal
When you become addicted to alcohol, benzodiazepines, opioids, or other addictive substances, your body adapts to the presence of these drugs. When you try to end your substance abuse, or when you are incapable of acquiring and using the drug upon which you have become dependent, your body may react with a series of distressing physical and/or psychological symptoms. This experience is known as withdrawal.
The exact nature of your withdrawal experience will depend upon a number of personal factors, including which drug you have been abusing, the nature and severity of your addiction, and the presence of any other health problems or co-occurring mental health conditions.
In general, withdrawal symptoms may begin to occur within hours of the last time you abused the drug, and they may last for a week or longer. Common withdrawal symptoms include nausea and diarrhea, intense abdominal cramping, twitches and tremors, excessive perspiration, loss of appetite, disrupted sleep patterns, depression, agitation, and paranoia. The severity of withdrawal symptoms may range from mildly distressing to physically and/or psychologically dangerous.
Why choose detox for drug addiction
The pain of withdrawal, combined with the knowledge that you can experience relief simply by returning to your previous pattern of substance abuse, can quickly overwhelm even the most fervent desire to stop abusing alcohol, benzodiazepines, opioids, or other addictive drugs.
Thankfully, there is a way to minimize the distress and danger of withdrawal while significantly increasing your ability to finally rid your body of the substance you have been abusing. This process is known as detoxification, or detox.
At Cascade Behavioral Health Hospital, detox occurs in a safe environment under the constant supervision of experienced professionals. While you are in detox with us, you will not have the ability to acquire or misuse substances of abuse, which eliminates your risk of immediate relapse. You will also receive valuable assistance to ease any discomfort, protect your health, and prepare you to make a smooth and successful transition into your next level of care once detox is complete.
Quality care for drug detox with compassion and respect
During your time in detox at Cascade Behavioral Health Hospital, you will be cared for by an interdisciplinary team of experts, including a psychiatrist, a doctor, a physician’s assistant, registered nurses (RNs), advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), certified nursing assistants, a certified chemical dependency professional (CDP), and chemical dependency counselors.
These dedicated men and women will assess your needs, develop and deliver a personalized treatment plan, and work with you every step of the way to ensure that you continue to make healthy progress toward your immediate and long-term goals.
In addition to medication management services that can ease certain withdrawal symptoms, our detox program also includes opportunities to participate in both individual and group therapy sessions. We also offer family orientation sessions on a weekly basis, and family therapy sessions may also be scheduled on an as-needed basis.
Our understanding of the physical and psychological components of withdrawal and recovery has enabled us to develop a dynamic and highly effective detox program that meets your current needs while also preparing you for continued success throughout your recovery journey.
The benefits of detox for drug addiction
As noted in the previous section, our detox program has two general objectives:
- To help you rid your body of alcohol, benzodiazepines, opioids, and other substances of abuse with maximum comfort and safety
- To empower you to experience continued success, both in later phases of your treatment and after you have transitioned out of care
It is no secret that substance abuse and addiction can have a significant negative impact on your mind, body, and spirit. When you choose to start your recovery journey in our detox program, you will receive comprehensive services that are designed to start the healing process in three of these areas.
Successfully achieving long-term recovery from addiction is not merely a matter of managing physical symptoms of withdrawal. Thus, we provide you with individual and group therapy opportunities while you are still in detox, so that you can begin to address the underlying issues that may have pushed you toward substance abuse.
Your life of recovery after detox from drug addiction
A successful drug detox experience at Cascade Behavioral Health Hospital can help you to develop self-confidence, adopt a more positive mindset, and realize that you are strong enough to accomplish objectives that you might have once believed were beyond your capabilities.
This renewed perspective will serve you well as you seamlessly transition to your next level of care with us, and will support your continued recovery after you have completed your time on our campus and returned home.