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Medically Assisted Alcohol Detox

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Medical Detox Explained

Medical alcohol detox & addiction treatment program

Alcohol addiction affects every aspect of your life, including relationships you have with friends and significant others, connections with family members, and mental and physical health. Despite knowing the risks, a lot of people continue to use alcohol as a means of coping or “numbing out”


Detox and withdrawal
Detox and withdrawal are two things that every addict is familiar with, as they are very well known for being uncomfortable both physically and mentally. However, getting through the withdrawal process is the first step to getting sober and beginning a new and better life.
A medically assisted detox
A medically assisted detox is the process of detoxing from drugs or alcohol with the help of medications and a team of trained and licensed medical professionals. It is the safest option for individuals who have become physically dependent on substances.
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Why medical detox from alcohol is critically important

Attempting to go through detox and withdrawal without medical assistance can make the process more painful and uncomfortable, and can lead to severe health problems, and in some cases, even death.

Without the use of medication to assist in reducing physical and mental withdrawal symptoms, the likelihood of relapsing is high and there is the risk of overdosing on the drug. Additionally, having the support of a caring staff and recovery community, can ease the isolation that comes with drug addiction. This is why it’s important to enter into a detox center that offers medication and experienced staff as part of a recovery treatment plan.

During detox, you will be medically monitored by our detox centers’ team of licensed medical professionals. This team includes medical doctors, psychiatrists, and registered nurses. You will also be given medications to ensure that your detox is as comfortable and safe as possible.

Alcohol Withdrawal Risks & Symptoms

Alcohol withdrawal can be a physically uncomfortable and dangerous process. Detoxing at home without being monitored by medical professionals can be detrimental to your physical and mental health and wellbeing, and suddenly stopping the use of alcohol can trigger more severe and life-threatening withdrawal symptoms.

During the first few days of detox, clients at Colorado Springs or Virginia Detox Center are assessed regularly by the medical team to ensure that they are being given the best care possible for their condition. Assessments include making sure that vitals are stable, pain is managed, and that they are not experiencing life-threatening symptoms.

Some typical symptoms of withdrawal include the following:

  • Tremors, headaches & high blood pressure
  • Disorientation & confusion
  • Nausea & vomiting
  • Night sweats & fever
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Benefits of medical detox from alcohol

One of the reasons that detoxing on your own without medical supervision is not recommended is because of the more serious and life-threatening symptoms of withdrawal you may experience. This can include kidney dysfunction, rapid heart rate or tachycardia, and seizures.

Withdrawal symptoms are different for everyone, but can be extremely unpredictable. Completing your alcohol detox in a controlled environment where you can be monitored is the safest and most comfortable option for you.

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How Sandstone Care Helps


Our centers are staffed by medical doctors, registered nurses, certified addiction counselors, licensed therapists and case managers. Each person on the highly skilled team has a passion for helping people gain their lives back from addiction. We have two detox centers. Colorado Springs Detox Center sits in a quiet suburb of central Colorado Springs, while Virginia Detox Center is conveniently located in Chantilly, Virginia.

We offer medically assisted detox as well as inpatient treatment. Our facilities feature twelve comfortable bedrooms with attached bathrooms as well as 24/7 medically supervised care that supports a safe and comfortable stabilization. Because we only accept a limited number of clients at a time, we are able to provide individualized and attentive care to every person in our program.

After you are medically stable, you will be invited to engage in the comprehensive therapeutic treatment program that addresses physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs. We offer individual and group therapy as well as various assessments that allow our clinicians to create the best individualized treatment plan for each individual.

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The Continuum of Care

Care for wherever you are in your journey.

Access a full range of treatments for mental health and substance use disorders. Whether you need a safe transitional living community, inpatient care, or outpatient therapy, we have a program to help.

Learn more about levels of care

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Let’s Take the Next Steps Together

We understand taking the first step is difficult. There is no shame or guilt in asking for help or more information. We are here to support you in any way we can.