Drug Detoxification – Your New Life Awaits!

New Life Medical Addiction Services Marlton New Jersey

Drug Detoxification | Benzo Detox Near Me | New Jersey

Drug detoxification, or drug detox, is the process of letting the body flush out and remove the drugs that are in its system. At New Life Medical Addiction Services, the purpose of drug detoxification is to safely manage withdrawal symptoms when one of our patients stops taking drugs or alcohol.

Everyone has a different experience with detox and different medical needs. When we evaluate an incoming patient, we need to know the type of drug that was being used and how long it was being used for. Answering these questions will impact how we treat the patient and what their experience will be throughout the drug detoxification process.

Dr. Savon and the other medical professionals at New Life have been trained in medically assisted detox. Some people with mild addictions can be detoxed using MAT, with 1 to 2 office visits in a week until they are able to move to the stabilization phase. However, most detoxes need to happen over a 5-7 day period where the patient is at the facility being medically managed until they are able to move to the stabilization phase, at which time they are moved to MAT in order to continue the stabilization and then subsequently the maintenance phase. This is known as Ambulatory Detox

It is important for patients to realize that it can take days or months to get through the withdrawal symptoms for most drugs and the length of withdrawal depends on a number of factors, including:

  • Type of substance the user is addicted to
  • The length of time that the addiction has lasted
  • The severity of the addiction in terms of the quantity of drugs taken over a period of time
  • Method of abuse (snorting, smoking, injecting, or swallowing)
  • The amount of a substance the user takes at one time
  • Family history
  • Genetic makeup
  • Other medical conditions the patient may have
  • Underlying mental health conditions

When you visit the doctors and staff at New Life Medical Addiction Services in Marlton, New Jersey, we will interview you and ask you about the above factors. In order for our medically proven treatments to work we need total honesty from our patients. New Life is a judgement-free practice where we care for our patients and never criticize them. Their honesty about what they use, how much and how often is critical if our treatment approach is to work.

Is Drug Detoxification at Home an Option?
Choosing to detox at home can be deadly. In fact, quitting “cold turkey” or without medical supervision can lead to serious issues such as seizures, severe dehydration or even death. Benzo addiction withdrawal can be deadly from home.

The outpatient detox program that New Life is pioneering can help prevent dangerous complications while allowing our patients stay at home, on the job or in school. While many people can benefit from this approach, people with severe addictions should seek inpatient detox because withdrawal can be fatal. Inpatient detox typically includes 24-hour support and monitoring and New Life has relationships with inpatient clinics it can refer patients to if necessary.

The Drug Detoxification Process

Everyone’s detox needs are different. The drug detox process helps addicted people get personalized treatment. In most cases, the process involves four steps:

  • Initial Evaluation

In our initial evaluation the New Life team screens incoming patients for physical and mental health issues. Our physicians then employ various tests to determine the amount of drugs in the patient’s system so that we can determine level of medication needed. We also perform a review of our patient’s drug, medical and psychiatric histories. This information is needed by us to create a long-term treatment plan for each patient.

  • Detox

The first step after evaluation is the detox phase. A patient needs to at least begin to detox before they can begin stabilization. Supervised detox at New Life Medical Addiction services can increase a patient’s chance for long-term recovery and provides a safe environment during the first phase of recovery.

  • Patient Stabilization

The next step is to stabilize the patient with medical and psychological therapy. The goal of stabilization is to prevent any form of harm to the patient. Doctors can prescribe addiction treatment medications to prevent complications and reduce withdrawal symptoms.

  • Preparing for Entry Into Treatment

The last step of the detox protocol is to prepare the patient for an ongoing treatment program. Our doctors and staff will familiarize their patients with the treatment process and what to expect.

Side Effects of Detox
The process of drug detox can be painful and dangerous. This is why detox using a process like New Life’s Medically Assisted Treatment is so important. Detox with medical supervision allows patients to detox in a safe and comfortable environment. Furthermore, Medically Assisted Treatment prevents the often-dangerous complications of drug and alcohol withdrawal.

Although medical detox limits the symptoms of withdrawal, some are unavoidable. Some of the most common side effects may include:

  • Nausea
  • Nervousness or anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Physical discomfort
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Mood swings
  • Insomnia/poor sleep

Detox by Drug Type
Detox is more difficult for some patients depending on which drugs they misused. Depending on the drug, withdrawal symptoms may be can either be more physical or more mental.

Detox often includes medications that mimic the effects of drugs to reduce withdrawal symptoms. Medications may also target co-occurring disorders or general discomfort.

Drugs that are most dangerous to detox from, and often require medication, include alcohol and benzodiazepines. Alcohol withdrawal includes physical symptoms that can cause seizures or death in some cases. The drugs that are considered the most uncomfortable to detox from are the various opioids, especially heroin.

Drug detoxification is just the first part of full addiction treatment for New Life’s patients. Detox on its own is usually insufficient for a successful recovery and those suffering from addiction need to treat the psychological part of their addiction. They can accomplish this with counseling, support groups or an inpatient rehab program. New Life will provide you with all of the tools for a successful outpatient recovery.

To speak to someone at New Life, call us at: 856-942-3700 or send us a Text Message.


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