For many people, one of the biggest fears associated with addiction treatment is the fear of going through withdrawal. A medical detox is the first part of rehab treatment where a client is prescribed medication to minimize the withdrawal symptoms and keep them safe and comfortable.
What is a medical detox?
A Medical detoxification (or “detox”) is the first phase of the rehabilitation process for recovery from addiction at Jintara Rehab.
Detox can be defined as the process of clearing toxins from the body of a patient who is dependent on substances of abuse. It’s designed to manage the symptoms of withdrawal that follow cessation of drug use, and to help patients overcome physical dependency.
Prior to coming to Jintara, we conduct multiple phone assessments, and request clients complete online forms to help our medical team prepare for your arrival. Some clients require immediate medical treatment the moment they land in Chiang Mai, and my Nurse and Support Teams will have planned an appointment at our Partner hospital on arrival, to ensure your safety.
The withdrawal is different for every client. The duration of the detox process, and the types of medications used will vary based on the type of substance abuse a person is suffering from; as well as individual factors, such as age, physical condition, family history, co-occurring conditions, length of addiction and any illness. Detox plans are highly individualized.
The actual detox
In the vast majority of cases, is conducted at Jintara Rehab in your private room, under the guidance of our 24-hour Nursing team and hospitality team. Our goal is to keep you safe, comfortable and well cared for during your detox.
It’s important to remember that medical detox does not treat the underlying behavioral, environmental or genetic causes of addiction. For most clients, however, once they are taking their detox medication, getting good rest and nutrition, they are able to participate and take advantage of their program at Jintara Rehab fairly quickly.
Under no circumstances should a client stop “cold turkey” prior to coming to treatment at Jintara Rehab. We would always recommend being open and honest with your family Doctor on your plans to attend rehab, and ask for suitable medication to make any long travel safe for you.
How Medical Detox is treated at Jintara Rehab
Treatment for Medical Detox starts long before you arrive at Jintara Rehab. We conduct detailed phone/Zoom assessments with one of our International Therapy Team to understand your unique needs, so we can make sure that you get the proper treatment and care from the moment you arrive.
We assess your immediate condition and if you need medication for detox and to help with withdrawal management, safety and comfort. This assessment is done at our Partner hospitals and always under medical supervision and prescription. The actual detox process is done on site at Jintara and managed by our 24-hour Nursing team, who will check on you regularly.
Soon after your arrival, we will take you to one of our Partner Hospitals for a detailed medical checkup. This includes full blood-work, liver function test, kidney function test and EKG at a minimum. Jintara is the only Thai rehab to include these detailed tests as part of the standard fees, and gives both you and us peace of mind that you are in good physical shape, and if not, we can address it during your stay with us.
Counseling and therapy for groups and individuals help you better understand your problem with alcohol and support recovery from the psychological aspects of alcohol use. At Jintara you will receive approximately 70-hours of clinician face time per month. We are unique at Jintara in that we treat the causes of addiction and not just the symptoms. We call this dual diagnosis and you can read more about that here.
This process usually involves alcohol treatment specialists. It may include goal setting, behavior change techniques, use of self-help manuals, counseling and follow-up care.
Aftercare is optional (but highly recommended) and you can continue working with your Focal Counselor after you leave Jintara.
Why Jintara might be the best treatment option for you.
Jintara Rehab is a small boutique rehab that specializes in support for alcohol addiction, accepting only 10 private clients in a beautiful boutique rehab setting – so you wont be overlooked or overwhelmed. Our focus is on providing the best client experience we can – from our highly experienced and credentialed International Therapy Team, attentive and caring Thai staff, wonderful resort-like facilities and amazing holistic, fitness and nutritional options at a reasonable price.
But if you are still not sure on which rehab is best for you, contact us for a no obligation chat about you or someone you care about.
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