A Fresh Start

At EVOLVE, we excel at getting to the root of the problem. A teen may come to us for help with an addiction issue, only to discover later there’s an underlying mental health disorder at play. That’s why detox can be an essential piece of the puzzle: the effects of drugs can mask the symptoms of co-occurring issues, which makes it impossible for us to understand what’s really going on. We can only establish an honest and accurate biological, psychological, and social baseline upon which to formulate an Individualized Recovery Plan after a teen is clean, sober, and drug/alcohol free.

What is Detox?

Detoxification is the process of eliminating the harmful by-products of alcohol, drugs, and substances of abuse from the body, monitoring acute and dangerous withdrawal symptoms, and preparing an individual for recovery.

Detox is not simply a matter of going cold turkey and suffering through a few tough days. Detox from some substances requires both medication and medical supervision, and should not be attempted at home. Detox can be a very dangerous process best handled by medical experts in an environment where emergency care is available immediately.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) identifies three critical elements in the detox process:

  1. Evaluation: Includes testing for the presence of drugs of abuse in the bloodstream, determining their concentration, and screening for additional psychological and/or physical disorders.
  2. Stabilization: Involves ensuring the mental and physical health of the individual during the withdrawal period, familiarizing them with what to expect during withdrawal, and educating them about the necessity of post-detox treatment.
  3. Preparation: Revolves around stressing the importance of pursuing a substance abuse treatment program after detox, connecting individuals to resources to maintain sobriety, and enlisting the involvement of family members in the recovery process.

The specific contours of these steps depend on the substance of abuse involved, how much it’s been used, and how long it’s been used for. Detox and withdrawal from opiates, alcohol, amphetamines, and benzodiazepines are not exactly alike. Each situation requires specialized medical knowledge and assistance to guarantee the health and safety of the individual undergoing detox.

Our admissions team can assist you in determining the best course of action if you suspect your teen requires medically supervised detox. We partner with expert physicians who can manage the medical detox process and refer your family to a specialist hospital if necessary.