Intake for Alcohol and Drug Detoxification
When you enter The Haven Detox, you are greeted by a friendly and understanding receptionist who immediately notifies intake counselors of your arrival. You are then escorted to a comfortable office where any questions or concerns are addressed. Due to the nature of alcohol and drug treatment, there are forms to fill out, which is also something the intake counselors assist you with. The time it takes from reception to detox admission is normally 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Medical and Psychological Assessments
Once you have made the decision to enter alcohol or drug detox, a nurse will assess you to see what type of medical detoxification protocol best suits you. A psychological assessment may also be ordered. These assessments will ensure that you receive the necessary treatment to recover from addiction. During these assessments, a urine sample will be collected.
Initial Property Search
You will be asked to give consent for a search of you and your belongings, and some items may be removed from your luggage. This is to ensure that the alcohol and drug detox environment remains safe and contraband free. Any item that is not allowed on the unit may be taken home with your loved ones or stored until you discharge from alcohol and drug detox. All illegal contraband and paraphernalia will be destroyed.
Entering Alcohol and Drug Detox – Full Search
One of our counselors or technicians will greet you when you enter the alcohol and drug detox unit and inform you of the detox admission procedure. You will then be escorted to your room where you and your property will be searched. While a thorough search is mandatory for the safety of all patients, detox staff members are professional and very respectful of your privacy. The Haven Detox offers several options to make this process comfortable for you. We understand that you may feel sick and nervous, so just ask what can be done for you. Any further items confiscated will be returned upon discharge from alcohol and drug detox and illegal items destroyed.
Alcohol and Drug Detox Medication
Once you are settled in, a staff physician will assess you and prescribe any medications necessary along with a dosing schedule. Any medications you currently take and conditions that you may be dealing with need to be addressed here. Medical staff will continue to monitor your progress on a daily basis, and address any medical concerns as they may arise.
After you receive your first dose of medication you are free to make yourself at home and get to know other patients. If you have further questions or concerns, you may want to speak to one of our friendly and understanding technicians. Some of our patients just want to lie down, which is understandable as well. This is the biggest decision you’ve made, probably in your life, so just let us know what you need at this point.
Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counseling
While in alcohol and drug detox, your physical health is the priority. The Haven Detox knows that more than physical changes occur with you during the detox process, which is where the counseling staff lends a hand. So starting with your first full day of alcohol or drug detoxification you will meet your primary counselor for a one to one session. You will also attend 2 group sessions and get a visit from some folks living in recovery each day during detox. The Haven Detox does not overwhelm you with groups and sessions at this time. But addressing emotional issues and aftercare planning is critical during the alcohol and drug detox processes.
Before you discharge from detox, you will have a plan for aftercare whether it is residential or outpatient treatment. Other than your physical well-being, our goal is for you to see yourself as worthy of a better life than you have offered yourself. Counselors can guide you through the decision process, and offer resources to find the best fit for the new you.
For the safety of all of our patients, there are several rules to follow. You will be informed of these rules upon admission, but if you want help you probably won’t even notice that they exist. Of course, patients are served 3 meals a day, and have access to a 24-hour snack bar. Phones are available for patients to make personal calls. Games and activities such as our daily “Mentalist Show” with Myke Mooney help fill in free time.