Medical Detox

Kemah Palms offers personalized Drug and Alcohol Detox Programs with Individual Recovery Plans created by our Physicians, Psychiatrists, Registered Nurses and Addiction Counselors. These Recovery Plans, including medical detox, consist of the following components:

  • Initial Comprehensive Evaluation and Assessment – consisting of medical, physical, social and behavioral assessments
  • Medically Supervised Detox and Management of Withdrawal Symptoms
  • Counseling and Education
  • Discharge Planning with Treatment Recommendations

Patients are monitored 24 hours a day by dedicated medical, nursing, clinical, and technical staff to ensure they are comfortable while experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Each patient is treated with dignity and respect, while receiving a combination of evidence-based treatment and personalized service.  Recovery is a life long journey that begins with a customized Drug and Alcohol Detox Program at Kemah Palms.

Detox Process

Female doctor discussing medical detox with a woman undergoing withdrawal.Detox is the foundation for treatment, which is why it is crucial that you choose the right medical detox program. The first step in overcoming an addiction is admitting that there is an addiction problem. Once you have reached that conclusion and you seek treatment, you are more likely to overcome the addiction because it is on your own terms.  The goal at Kemah Palms drug and alcohol medical detox program is to safely support the patient with the correct medical treatment to address the withdrawal symptoms and leave the patient free from any discomfort.

Kemah Palms offers personalized Drug and Alcohol Detox Programs with Individual Recovery Plans created by our Physicians, Psychiatrists, Registered Nurses and Addiction Counselors. These Recovery Plans consist of the following components:

  • Initial Comprehensive Evaluation and Assessment – consisting of physical, social and psychological
  • Medically Supervised Detox and Management of Withdrawal Symptoms
  • Counseling and Education
  • Discharge Planning with Treatment Recommendations

Detox Programs

The drug and alcohol detox programs at Kemah Palms are designed to effectively and comfortably help patients through the withdrawal process. Learn more about the medical detox programs available at Kemah Palms below.

Alcohol Detox

The alcohol addiction detox program at Kemah Palms is designed to help patients overcome their physical and psychological addictions to alcohol. During this process, the individual will go through a comprehensive assessment before being admitted in order to determine the appropriate diagnosis and treatment. Our effective, evidenced based alcohol detox protocol keeps our patients safe and comfortable during the detoxification process. Each patient’s vital signs are closely monitored by our medical team and medications are administered as needed to prevent seizures and the onset of delirium tremens (DT’s).

Alcoholism, or “alcohol dependence,” is a chronic and often progressive disease. Like many diseases, alcoholism has a fairly predictable course and is influenced by both genetic and environmental factors. Symptoms may include a strong desire, or need, to drink despite negative consequences such as serious job, relationship, or health problems.

Four common symptoms of alcoholism include:

  • Physical Craving – a strong need, or compulsion to drink
  • Loss of control – the inability to limit drinking on any given occasion
  • Physical dependence – withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating, shakiness and anxiety, occur when alcohol use is stopped after a period of heavy or sustained drinking
  • Tolerance – the need to drink greater amounts of alcohol to get drunk

Alcoholics typically experience an uncontrollable need for alcohol that surpasses their ability to stop drinking. These powerful impulses can rival that of our most basic human needs.

The most common sign of alcohol withdrawal symptoms may include the following:

  • Agitation
  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations
  • High blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Nausea / vomiting
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Seizures
  • Tremors (shakes)

 

The alcohol detox program at Kemah Palms is designed to help patients overcome their physical and psychological addictions to drugs and alcohol. During this process, the individual will go through a comprehensive assessment before being admitted in order to determine the appropriate diagnosis and treatment. Our effective evidenced-based alcohol detox protocol keeps our patients safe and comfortable during the detoxification process.

Drug Detox

While Drug Detox can be uncomfortable, the removable of toxic chemicals from your system is an important and necessary stage in your path to recovery. At Kemah Palms we have taken every possible measure to ensure that your detox experience is as comfortable as possible. You will have a customized detox treatment program, 24-hour monitoring and the attention of compassionate professionals with a history of emergency, intensive and critical care.

Prescription drug abuse and dependence has reached epidemic proportions in many parts of the United States. It is a growing problem due to the ease of accessibility of these drugs. Physicians often struggle with managing patients with chronic pain and anxiety issues. As a result this leads to over prescribing of medications that can lead to abuse and dependence. Patients become trapped in a vicious cycle of need, dependence and addiction. Some of the more common prescription drugs of abuse are Oxycontin, Percocet, Vicodin, Valium, Xanax, and certain stimulants such as Ritalin, Adderall, and Dexadrine.

The following represents some of the common drug addiction areas:

Benzodiazepines (Anti-Anxiety Drugs)

Benzodiazepines, such as Valium and Xanax, are commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, insomnia, muscle spasms, or other disorders. Although benzodiazepines are generally considered safe, long-term use can cause dependency. Withdrawal from these drugs can manifest as depression, tremors, insomnia, fear and anxiety. Like alcohol sudden withdrawal from these medications can lead to seizures and DT’s, which can be a life threatening condition. Inpatient detox is first step in breaking this physical and psychological dependence. Some of the more commonly prescribed benzodiazepines are Xanax, Valium, Halcion, Buspar, Restoril, and Ativan.

Opiates

Our opiate detox program focuses on a variety of opiates, including natural and synthetic narcotics such as morphine, codeine, oxycodone, oxycontin and hydrocodone. Opiates work by blocking pain receptors, and can often provide the patient with a sense of euphoria.

This strong euphoric sensation can be highly addictive. In addition, relief from pain is also a compelling reason that many become addicted to prescription pain drugs, which is why opiates are commonly abused drugs. When persons stop taking the opiate, they may experience physical and psychological withdrawal that can be extremely uncomfortable and at times physically intolerable.

Street Drugs

Street drug abuse can refer to a variety of different substance abuse problems. Street drugs are those that are sold illegally, such as crack cocaine, meth, and heroin. Professionals also call these ‘recreational drugs’. Use may initially begin as a random occurrence, but can often spiral into daily abuse.

Other common street drugs are hallucinogens, which are substances that alter visual, hearing, smell, and even touch perception. Drugs such as LSD, Mescaline, Ecstasy, and certain mushrooms containing Psilocybin can cause hallucinations.

Heroin and Opiate Addiction

Heroin addiction is one of the most challenging addictions to overcome. Because heroin withdrawal can be physically and emotionally demanding, having medical experts assist in heroin detox is imperative. Heroin, a morphine derivative, is a potent opiate from the opium poppy plant. Heroin is often referred to as smack, horse, black tar, brown sugar, mud, big H, or skag. Heroin addiction is often devastating to the addict causing social, financial, and emotional struggles. Without intervention, many heroin addicts never recover. Detox is the first step in recovery. Our heroin detox experts provide a medically supervised program, overseeing the withdrawal period. In most cases, heroin detox withdrawal has its peak from 36-72 hours after the last dose of heroin, therefore, medical supervision is necessary to ensure appropriate measures are taken.

Opiates refer to a broader category than just heroin, including diamorphine (smack), and morphine. They include natural and synthetic narcotics such as morphine, codeine, oxycodone, oxycontin and hydrocodone. Opiate addiction (narcotic addiction) is often encountered when the patient becomes addicted after receiving opiates for pain control. Professionals seeking detox for opiates can receive expert treatment at our facility.

Marijuana

Marijuana, also referred to as grass or pot, is the most commonly abused illegal drug in the United States. The use of marijuana can impair judgment, dull perception, and reduce concentration.

Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine use and addiction is one of the most rapidly growing problems across the United States. Methamphetamine(s), also referred to as “Meth” or “Crystal Meth”, are highly-addictive drugs that can cause a sense of euphoria. Methamphetamines are stimulants that increase brain activity for short periods of time, but as they are eliminated from the body, the person can feel irritable, tired and exhausted.

Opiate Detox

The Importance of A Medically-Supervised Opiate Detox Program

Breaking Opiate addiction can be extremely difficult, even dangerous. That’s why choosing the right detoxification treatment is vital to a patient’s safety and the successful start of a recovery program.

What Is An Opiate?

An Opiate is a narcotic derived from opium poppy plants. It is medically used to induce sleep and alleviate pain. Heroin, codeine, morphine, methadone, OxyContin, Vicodin, Demerol, Dilaudid, Percocet, Meperidine, and other pharmaceutically created painkillers are all in the drug class called opiates.

When the drug is ingested, it travels quickly through the bloodstream to the brain. Opioids attach to specific proteins called opioid receptors found throughout the body in the gastrointestinal tract, spinal cord, and brain. As a result, it may alter the way people experience pain. In addition, the drug can affect certain regions of the brain and produce a sense of intense euphoria and well-being.

Opiates are extremely popular, due to their quick effect and ability to suppress pain; but ongoing drug misuse can lead to dependence, high tolerance, addiction, and serious health problems.

What begins as an appropriate pain regulation with a doctor’s written prescription for a painkiller, can accidentally progress to the point of daily intake. With continued use a person may not be able to accurately gauge his or her true pain level. This can result in continued use and unknowingly lead a person down the path to addiction.

The Dangers and Symptoms of Opiate Abuse

If taken in the prescribed dosage, addiction should not be a problem. However, long-term use of opioids can lead to dependency and the need for medical detox. Individuals who are dependent on the drug will experience the following symptoms:

  • Drowsiness
  • Low blood pressure
  • Disorientation
  • Coma
  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Constipation
  • Stomach spasms

Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms

Serious withdrawal symptoms typically occur with the sudden cessation of drug use. Opiate addicted users will suffer from severe muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea, cold flashes, chills, restlessness, involuntary leg movements, cramps and other disturbing effects.

Prescription Drug Detox

Prescription drug dependency is a growing problem due to the ease of accessibility. Persons may steal prescription drugs for recreation use but may eventually become addicted, often requiring medical detox for drug withdrawal. Prescription drugs are those that are prescribed by a licensed medical professional. Some of the more common prescription drugs of abuse are OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, Valium, Xanax, and certain stimulants such as Ritalin, Adderall, and Dexadrine. The following represent some of the common prescription drug addiction areas.

Benzodiazepines (Anti-Anxiety Drugs) Addiction

Benzodiazepines, such as Valium and Xanax, are commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, insomnia, muscle spasms, or other disorders. Although benzodiazepams are generally considered safe, long-term use can cause dependency. Withdraw from these drugs can manifest as depression, tremors, insomnia, fear, anxiety seizures and possibly fatality. Some of the more commonly prescribed benzodiazepams are Xanax, Valium, Halcion, Buspar, Restoril, and Ativan.

Prescription Opiate Abuse

Our opiate detox program focuses on a variety of opiates, including natural and synthetic narcotics such as morphine, codeine, oxycodone, oxycontin and hydrocodone. Opiates work by blocking pain perception, and can often provide the patient with a sense of euphoria. This strong euphoric sensation can be highly addictive. In addition, relief from pain is also a compelling reason that many become addicted to prescription pain drugs. When persons stop taking the opiate, they may experience withdrawal which can be very uncomfortable.

Methadone Detox

The Importance of A Medically-Supervised Methadone Detox Program

Beating Methadone addiction can be extremely difficult, even dangerous. That’s why choosing the right medical detox treatment is vital to a patient’s safety and the successful start of a rehab and recovery program. Our in-patient program includes our phased approach:

  • Evaluation
  • Medical Detox & Stabilization
  • Case Management & Education
  • Discharge Planning

What Is Methadone?

Methadone is a synthetic narcotic used to treat pain and can be used as part of narcotic replacement therapy in the treatment of narcotic dependency. It is often used illegally on the street as a replacement drug when other more powerful narcotics are not available. Methadone withdrawal is far more prolonged and uncomfortable as it stays in the body longer than other narcotics. Methadone’s long duration of action, extremely powerful effects, and low cost make this drug a popular choice. The drug is usually available in liquid or tablet form. Safe withdrawal from Methadone should be done in the supervision of a medical detox center. Kemah Palms can help.

The Dangers and Symptoms of Methadone Addiction

Methadone impacts the pleasure centers in the brain and creates a false sense of well-being. Methadone abuse may lead to the development of tolerance, as well as physical and psychological dependence. Excessive doses may eventually result in respiratory depression or fatality.

Below are some of the symptoms experienced by Methadone addicts.

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Bluish skin
  • Stomach spasms
  • Low blood pressure
  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Coma

Withdrawal symptoms may include delusions, sneezing, paranoia, elevated blood pressure, suicidal thoughts, nausea, fever, tremors, depression, insomnia, agitation, and other unpleasant effects. A medical detox can address these symptoms with caring professionals at your side.