Drug Detox for Addiction

Liberty House is able to facilitate a full in-house drug detox, for all substance related addictions including alcohol. Our modern and state of the art facility is furbished to specifically accommodate all kinds of drug and alcohol detoxes, as well as deliver a full rehab program.

Who needs a Drug Detox?

Over any given period of time, regular use of a chemical or substance results in  the body developing what is known as Tolerance.  Tolerance means that the Addict or Alcoholic will need to use or drink more to gain the same original effect and to stop their body from going into withdrawal.  Withdrawal symptoms can be very unpleasant from most drugs and can even be dangerous and life threatening.  This can be a huge deterrent for somebody getting clean and sober.

The safest and most successful way of detoxing is with around the clock supervision and with medical intervention. Liberty House clinic provide a drug detox that is safe and secure. Staff onsite are available at all times of day and night. For added safety there is CCTV installed throughout.  This enables us to monitor patients closely to ensure their maximum safety and support at all times

We Treat Complex Addictions

Some substances can be very dangerous and uncomfortable to stop suddenly and some patients will inevitably come to us with more than one substance addiction.  This requires a full and thorough initial assessment by our Medical Practitioner, who will then agree a drug detox regime with the patients consent. Patients can also request a review if their feel they are struggling and would like to discuss the options.

Some of the more complex drug detoxes we facilitate include:

  • Alcohol
  • Heroin
  • Valium
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Codeine
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Sleeping Tablets
  • Methadone
  • Morphine
  • Subutex

All of the above have the potential to be dangerous and even life threatening if not carried out correctly and without supervision.  In the event of a very unwell individual coming to our clinic, we have access to full hospital facilities locally also.

For more information on what Liberty House treat and the withdrawal symptoms please look at our “The Addictions We Treat” section.

What is Physical Dependence?

Physical dependence is where the individual’s body becomes accustomed to having a certain amount of a substance within their system. Over a period of time and with frequent use, the body’s brain receptors will adapt so that the body can function with the substance.  If the substance is stopped abruptly, in some instances the results can be catastrophic as the body goes into shock.  In order to function the body and brain MUST have the substance. Once the body and brain have adapted, the user will no longer feel the initial high and will only gain the benefits of not going into withdrawal by carrying on using the same amount.  Addicts and Alcoholics use and drink for the EFFECT, so inevitably they increase the amount ingested so as to still get a high.  The body and brain then accepts this as the norm and adjusts again.  They then will have to increase once again to gain the effects they crave, and so on and so on. This process of brain and body adaption is also known as Tolerance.

It is not only the body that will suffer from an abrupt withdrawal from a drink or drug, the brains chemistry changes also during the process of tolerance. Abrupt withdrawal can cause the brains chemistry to become very unbalanced so that the addict or alcoholic displays symptoms of mental as well as physical withdrawal.  The mental and physical withdrawal will crave the drug to stop the symptoms, this is why so many fail to complete home drug detoxes or detoxes in the community where they can easily access alcohol and drugs.

The Detox Process

Each individual will be fully assessed on their own individual circumstances and treatment needs.  What may be suitable for one patient would be completely unsuitable for another, even when suffering from the same substance addiction.

Factors such as length of addiction, general health, medications, age, sex and mental stability all have to be carefully considered when making a drug detox plan.

Once a drug detox regime has been prescribed by our medical practitioner, our specially trained staff will then be responsible for administering the medication.  Liberty House staff adheres to strict guidelines and practices around medications and their distribution.  We are fully approved and regulated by the Care Quality Commission.  Clients will not be left in charge of any medications and all medications are kept safe and secure at all times.

The duration of a drug detox will be dependent on the amount of the drug the patient has been taking, the frequency and the length of time.  Our clinic staff would be happy to advise you further on this if you have any questions.

After Drug Detox

Once the drug detoxification process has been completed, it is vital that the individual undergoes a full drug rehabilitation treatment programe.  Without this, there is an extremely high percentage of relapse. Liberty House offers comprehensive treatment programs specifically adapted to each individuals addiction and treatment needs.  Rehabilitation is most effective once detox has been completed, as the patient will then have a better chance of understanding and accepting the therapy and program on offer. Liberty House offer both short term and long terms programs, please call our admissions team for further advice on what is best for you or your loved one as an individual.

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