The first part of the rehabilitation process at Serenity Recovery is cleansing the body of toxins – this happens in our Medically Supervised Detox Clinic. Dealing with withdrawal is made easier when compassionate, skilled professionals are nearby.
Rehabilitation from addiction is much more than just getting clean and sober. True recovery is found when we focus equally on healing the body, mind, and spirit as the three aspects that make up the essence of the whole self. When these three parts are healthy and working in harmony with each other, peace, serenity, and positivity can be discovered, and the beauty that life has to offer us can be appreciated.
While all three of these parts of the whole self are equally important, we have to approach things in a certain order. We begin with addressing the body, by reversing and repairing the effects that months or years of substance abuse have had on the physical health and well-being of the patient. When a patient feels good physically, they are able to focus more fully on their recovery program, but when they are feeling ill or in pain, it can be extremely difficult to concentrate on the treatment program.
We help our patients regain their physical strength and health through a combination of methods. First of all, we use nutritional therapy, including a balanced, healthy diet and supplements. Also, we encourage an active fitness regimen and have a fully equipped exercise center with an on-staff personal trainer. We also help our patients to cleanse their bodies of toxins and the residual effects of substance abuse, which is actually where our journey begins. Dealing with withdrawal is not something a person has to do alone. Our compassionate team of skilled professionals knows how to help.
Each patient that comes to Serenity Recovery seeking help in overcoming addiction first visits our Medically Supervised Detox Clinic, where they will spend an observational period, meeting with our Clinical Director to assess their needs in the detox process. Some of our patients’ addictions have progressed to the point of physical dependency, and the symptoms of withdrawal will vary widely, from mild discomfort and shaking to severe pain and nausea, depending on the substance abused and the length of the abuse. Many of our patients will continue on to the facility after that initial 24-hour period, but for those who have become physically dependent on drugs or alcohol, their stay may be a bit longer.
The staff in our Detox Clinic is made up of Registered Nurses and Certified Withdrawal Technicians who make every possible effort to help ease those withdrawal symptoms in our patients. While the discomfort of dealing with withdrawal can never be completely removed, they try to make it somewhat easier to get through this difficult process. Once it has been determined that they are no longer in an immediate medical danger from withdrawal symptoms and that their bodies are cleared of all toxins and residual drugs, they will progress to the facility to continue working on their recovery from addiction through their treatment program.
Christie is the Withdrawal Administrator in the Detox Clinic at Serenity Recovery. She makes sure that the staff members that work with the patients going through detox have everything that they need to assist those patients in any way possible. “I support our Withdrawal Specialists,” she explains, “whose job it is to keep our patients feeling good, feeling calm, and staying focused on why they are here.”
Christie’s role at our treatment center brings her into contact with virtually every patient that comes to Serenity. Many of them arrive in a fragile mental state, and the emotional and physical symptoms can make that even worse. Christie does everything she can to keep spirits high, showing compassion and giving them support and encouragement. “On a daily basis, I see pretty much everyone who is in the detox unit,” she says. “Sometimes it’s just in the hall saying ‘hi’ or checking in with them. Other times, it could be that they are really struggling and need some one-on-one conversation. My door remains open.”
The ability that Christie has to offer support and strength to our patients every day comes in part from the passion that she has for her work at our treatment center. She understands that, without the care and compassion that she and the rest of the staff in our Detox Clinic have for those patients, many of them would just give up and return to the darker path of substance abuse. Knowing that she makes a difference in the lives of the patients that she works with helps her keep that passion and dedication. “I get to see the transformation that occurs,” she says. “Many come to us in a pretty difficult state, physically, mentally, and emotionally. So, when I see them the first time, it’s a quite different picture than when they are ready to move on to the inpatient program. They look like completely different people.”
The Medically Supervised Detox Clinic is just one part of the commitment that we have made to help every patient that we see at Serenity Recovery with each step they take on the path to overcoming addiction. From the Detox Clinic to our extensive Aftercare Department, which offers assistance in everything from making sober living arrangements to finding recovery support groups in their local area, we make every effort to fulfill that commitment. Our patients, through our effective and thorough rehabilitation strategy and our constant support, motivation, and encouragement, discover the tools and abilities that they need to remain substance-free once they graduate from our recovery center are transitioned back into their daily lives. Where there once was only chaos and heartache, they are able to find peace, love, and serenity. Learn more about effectively dealing with withdrawal by calling our toll-free number today.