How do I know if my teen needs detox?

It’s difficult to determine, because you may not know the full extent of your teen’s drug use. There are several factors to consider, such as what drug is being used, how much of it, and how long it’s been used for. There are several classifications of drugs that need to be monitored closely and often need medically-assisted detox, like opiates, alcohol, benzodiazepines, and barbiturates. Our admissions team can help walk you through the process and help come to the right decision.

Can my teen detox in your RTC program, or do they need hospitalization?

Because of the risks associated with certain substances, it’s important to have the right medical input to determine whether hospitalization is necessary. Our admissions team can give you referrals to determine hospitalization is required.

How long does detox typically take?

There is no predetermined length for the detox process. According so the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the average length of detox is less than 8 days. However, that depends on the drug of abuse, the rate, amount, and duration of use, the detox setting, the patient goals, and the general health of the individual.

What is the next best step/level of care after detox?

If your teen needs detox, it’s just the first step toward total health and wellness. After detox, your teen will need to build a foundation of recovery, learn to live a sober life, and work diligently to build a sobriety support system. There are often co-occurring mental health issues that need to be diagnosed and or treated, as well. A clean sober baseline is required to accurately diagnose co-occurring issues, which means it’s important that treatment follows detox. If detox is required, the structure of a residential program is often the safest and most beneficial second step.