Medically Managed Detoxification

Everyone entering treatment at La Paloma goes through an evaluation to determine the need for the detox process.

For those undergoing detox, that phase of treatment can range from 48 hours to seven days. This level of service is provided for those individuals that are experiencing withdrawal from alcohol and/or other drugs.

Detox is an important beginning in the recovery process. Here at La Paloma, our clients experience detox in a controlled, safe and comfortable environment.

The longer a person uses, the more the physical and psychological dependence on the drug of choice develops. Because of this dependency, when an individual abruptly discontinues use he or she will begin to experience a variety of symptoms associated with withdrawal.

These initial symptoms may include:

  • Sweats
  • Cramping
  • Constipation
  • Anxiety
  • Seizures
  • Convulsions
  • Delirium tremors

Should individuals require emergent medical attention, Memphis has several renowned hospitals within a few minutes of the facility. During detox, the body begins to heal, paving the way for continued treatment and long-term recovery.

The time a person spends in detox is contingent upon which substances have been abused and the amounts and length of time of abuse, as well as, any medical/psychiatric problems present.

Day to day

Detox at La Paloma takes place in a comfortable, residential setting. Clients who participate in detox are usually able to participate in counseling and enjoy the company of other residents.

While in detox, clients:

  • Are assigned a primary therapist while in detox and are encouraged to participate in therapeutic activities.
  • Will meet with the physician or nurse practitioner daily in order to assure the safest and most comfortable protocol available. Our caring nursing staff is available 24 hours to monitor and support your process.

We believe that it is important for our clients to be involved in every aspect of their recovery to ensure a deep level of commitment. To do this, we encourage all clients to participate in the development of his or her treatment plan, determining goals and objectives for treatment.

Medication During Detox

For those who have been using alcohol or benzodaizepine, benzos are used in a tapering dose to help minimize discomfort while allowing the substances to get out of the client’s system. For opiate users, medications like Clonidine and Subutex are used in tapering doses as well. Some clients may be transferred to residential treatment while still on Subutex. When this happens, the client will continue to return to our state-of-the-art detox ward for the dispensing of those medications and will continue to be carefully monitored.

Natural methods like acupuncture are also used in the detox process to ease withdrawal symptoms.

You or your loved one’s recovery is our priority. Begin the road to healing through detox at La Paloma.

If you have questions about whether you or a loved one may need detox, please contact our call center.

Admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day at 877-345-1887.