Learn more about medical detox for hallucinogen withdrawal at Sandstone Care.
Making the decision to seek treatment can be extremely challenging. One of the most important things to consider when choosing a detox program is the philosophy.
Sandstone Care’s detox and treatment philosophy includes managing withdrawal symptoms, and providing clients with a safe and comfortable environment in which to detox from drugs and alcohol.
Hallucinogen addiction affects every aspect of your life, including relationships you have with friends and significant others, connectedness of families, and mental and physical health. Hallucinogens, while often thought of nothing more than a club drug, can be extremely addictive.
Despite knowing the risks, a lot of people continue to use hallucinogens as a means of coping or “numbing out”. 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 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
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 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.
Hallucinogen withdrawal can be a physically uncomfortable process. Detoxing at home without being monitored by medical professionals can be dangerous to your physical and mental health and wellbeing, and suddenly stopping the use of heroin can trigger severe and life-threatening withdrawal symptoms.
During your first few days of detox, you will be assessed regularly by the licensed medical team at our detox center to ensure that you are being given the best care possible for you condition. Assessments include making sure that vital signs are stable, your pain is managed, and that you are not experiencing symptoms of withdrawal that are life threatening.
Some typical symptoms of hallucinogen withdrawal include the following:
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.
New hallucinogen users often take extremely high doses, not knowing how much of the drug their body can handle. These large doses can often lead to seizures, put the body into a drug induced coma, and even be fatal.
Furthermore, hallucinogens like PCP and psychedelic mushrooms can cause extremely erratic behaviors and cause the users to do things that could harm themselves or others.
Withdrawal symptoms are different for everyone, but can be extremely unpredictable. Completing your hallucinogen detox in a controlled environment where you can be as comfortable as possible and consistently monitored is the safest option for anyone going through detox and withdrawal.
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 teens and young adults to gain their lives back from addiction. We have two detox centers. Our 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 comfortable rooms 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 (12-14), 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.
Detox is a big step, but it’s only the beginning of the long journey to sobriety. Most people will leave our detox center feeling better than their addiction has allowed them to feel in a very long time, but those who do not continue with substance abuse treatment are almost guaranteed to relapse.
Medically Assisted Detox alone is not substance abuse treatment. While it provides you with a solid medical foundation, you should continue with a lower level of care such as residential treatment, intensive outpatient, or a partial hospitalization program.
Our centers provide each client with a comprehensive and individualized discharge plan that is tailored to meet their treatment-related needs.
Sandstone Care offers a full continuum of care including medical detox, residential treatment, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, virtual IOP and transitional living program. All of our programs focus on treating the person as a whole and incorporating important wrap around services such as life skills, individual therapy, psychiatry, medication management, and group therapy, which is essential for beginning your journey to sobriety.
Hallucinogens are a group of substances that are considered psychoactive. This means that they can, and often do, induce visual and auditory hallucinations. There are several different types of hallucinogens, each of which affects the brain in a different way. Most hallucinogens are not addictive in the way that benzodiazepines and amphetamines are, but it is possible to develop a physical dependence on certain hallucinogens, such as LSD and MDMA.
Many users often mix psychoactive substances with alcohol and other drugs in an attempt to extend the length of the high or just to feel a new sensation. However, mixing hallucinogens with other drugs and alcohol can be extremely dangerous and lead to things like comas, overdoses, and even death, as the body cannot handle the interactions of the drugs.
The Continuum of Care
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.
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