Medically Assisted Detox

At the Washburn House, we understand leaving your addiction in the past is difficult when you don’t know what comes next. Starting on the road to recovery can feel overwhelming, but there is hope. Recovery is possible, and it starts with medically supervised drug detox.

What Is Detoxification?

To leave dependency for freedom, you have to get through drug detox. During detox, your body rids itself of the drugs and alcohol you’ve been feeding it. Those toxins have affected your overall health and well-being, so you’ll probably experience side effects or withdrawal symptoms while your body works hard to remove them. These side effects will be uncomfortable at first, but they’re necessary for detoxing fully.

Detox is typically the first step to beginning the recovery process. It can also be the most difficult, which is why we have mental health and medical professionals available at all times. Our alcohol and drug detox program has helped hundreds of people rid their bodies of harmful substances and begin journeys toward recovery.

Do I Need to Detox?

If you’re abusing alcohol or drugs, you may need detox before you can begin your recovery.

How to Know You’re Dependent on Drugs or Alcohol

There are many signs you might be dependent on drugs or alcohol. For one, you find yourself needing more of the substance to get the feeling or high it gave you before.

You also experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop using. These symptoms and their intensity varies, depending on:

  • What you’re using
  • How long you’ve been using
  • How much of the substance you use

These common withdrawal symptoms may appear 6 to 12 hours after you stop drinking alcohol or using your drug of choice:

  • Tremors
  • Anxiety
  • Increased heart rate
  • Sweaty or clammy skin
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Mood swings and agitation
  • Depression
  • Fatigue or muscle aches
  • Dilated pupils or watery eyes
  • Loss of appetite

If you need help deciding whether medically supervised detox is right for you, we can answer any questions you or your loved ones may have.

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Is Washburn House Right for Me?

We offer a Drug & Alcohol Detox program for up to 20 clients at a time in Worcester, MA. During your stay with us, you’ll live here at Washburn House, where you’ll be cared for by our skilled, 24-hour nursing and mental health professional team.

Once you’re admitted to the detox program, you’ll partner with a Master’s-level mental health professional and case manager. They will create a customized withdrawal management plan to support you in your unique journey, and they’ll make your experience safe and as comfortable as possible. It’s our mission to set you up for success in drug and alcohol detox that carries into the rest of your recovery, so if you move on to the next level of inpatient rehab—or another aspect of your journey—you’ll feel confident and ready to work on yourself and your recovery.

Will Insurance Cover Drug Detox?

Alcohol and drug rehab programs are commonly covered by insurance providers, but there’s not a black-and-white answer to whether yours covers drug detox. This is because different providers offer different coverage plans.

Give your insurance provider a call to ask about drug and alcohol detox coverage. You can also contact us at 800-717-3019. If we work with your insurance company, we’ll ask you for basic information you can find on your insurance card. We may be able to verify your substance abuse treatment coverage immediately. If we need to call your insurance company to verify with them, we’ll call you back with confirmation as soon as possible.

Payment as an Option for Detox

If you don’t have insurance or your insurance doesn’t cover detox, we’re happy to offer the option of direct payments. If you have questions, call us!

Can I Detox by Myself?

Detoxing at home by yourself is possible, but we don’t recommend it. Detox can be dangerous—even life-threatening. Your body is struggling to get rid of the harmful toxins that are inside it. If a situation arises where you need help, you want qualified, experienced mental health professionals there to help you.

Those professionals also understand when the detox process is over and you’re ready to move on in your recovery. Persisting through detox is hard. It’s crucial to have a mental health professional on your side, monitoring and encouraging you.

How Long Does It Take to Detox?

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Your road to recovery will be as unique as you are. We’ll customize your drug treatment and recovery plan to your personal needs. The length of your detoxification process depends on multiple factors that include, but aren’t limited to:

  • The length of your alcohol or drug addiction
  • The combination and variety of abused drugs or alcohol
  • The amount of the drug or alcohol in your body at the start of the detox process
  • Any pre-existing conditions or disorders you have

You’ll stay in drug and alcohol detox until you no longer experience withdrawal symptoms and you’re both medically and mentally stable. This isn’t something you’ll need to monitor because our expert staff is trained to guide people through detox. We have 24-hour nursing staff, a Physician’s Assistant, and a Medical Director who is also an Addiction Psychiatrist. They’ll know when you’re ready to move forward in your recovery.

What Happens After Detox?

After you’ve done the hard work of breaking your dependency on a substance, we encourage you to continue drug addiction treatment. We make it easy by offering both inpatient rehab and outpatient treatment programs at Washburn House. Studies show that continued care interventions are more successful when you plan ahead for recovery.

After detox, we recommend moving through our inpatient drug rehab (CSS), then into extended care with day treatment (partial hospitalization) and IOP (intensive outpatient) care. We understand that you may not be able to follow this path exactly because of other responsibilities, but we do our best to create a plan fit to you and your daily life.

We offer outpatient treatment to meet your life and needs. We work with you while you go to work or school as you access our treatment therapies and services in the mornings or evenings.

The road to recovery isn’t easy, but it’s always worth it. Addiction causes suffering in every aspect of your life, and you deserve to experience freedom from that burden. It’s our honor and privilege to walk alongside you on your journey from the very beginning.

At Washburn House, we’ll equip you to live your life to the fullest and become the best “you” that you can be. Why wait for a better life? Call us today to start alcohol and drug detoxification and your recovery journey.

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