Medical Detox and Withdrawal Management
Behavioral Neuroscience Institute (BNI) provides a supervised, safe environment for the adolescent beginning the recovery process with a medical detox. Owned and operated by medical doctors of psychiatry, the treatment team at BNI has extensive training in both the physiological and psychological aspects of addiction and recovery. At the outset, a thorough evaluation of the teen’s drug history, physical health, and psychological history are assessed. From these results, an individualized long-term treatment plan is created.
During the 14-day withdrawal stabilization program, the teen’s vitals will be monitored throughout, and medications to assist with withdrawal symptoms will be administered throughout the process. Medically monitored detox supervision is needed because withdrawal symptoms are often unpredictable and can suddenly become a serious risk to the teen’s health.
Medication for withdrawals is essential for the successful completion of detox. Without this medical intervention, the withdrawal symptoms may be so difficult to endure that the teen won’t complete the process. The teen will return to using the substance of abuse to put an end to the highly uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, and recovery is abandoned.
When an individual has been abusing drugs or alcohol for an extended period of time, the brain and the body have made certain accommodations for the steady influx of the substance of abuse. When use of the substance is suspended, the body responds by rebelling, and withdrawal symptoms ensue. The symptoms and detox timeline will vary based on the substance of abuse.
In general, withdrawal symptoms begin within 6-12 hours of the last dose of the substance or alcoholic beverage. Symptoms will ramp up in intensity, usually peaking on days 2 and 3, and then begin to gradually subside over the next week to ten days. The exact length of the medically monitored detox process will depend to a large extent on the history and extent of use of the drug or alcohol.
Detox and Withdrawal Symptoms
When a teen has developed an SUD chances are it has resulted in an addiction or drug dependency. If so, a medical detox program is the first necessary step in recovery. The detox process varies in severity from mild to severe, depending on such factors as the type of substance, the daily amount consumed, the length of SUD history, and if there is a coexisting mental health disorder.
Here are the possible withdrawal symptoms for common substances of abuse:
Medical Detox and Teen Treatment
Once the chemical substance has cleared the body, the teen and his or her parents will embark on the next phase of recovery, undergoing active treatment for the SUD. Detox alone is not adequate to achieving a sustained recovery. In most cases, underlying emotional pain, past traumas, risk-seeking behaviors, family dysfunction, or co-occurring mental health disorders are driving factors in the SUD and must be addressed and treated.
The expert team at BNI Treatment Centers will provide clear guidance for the next steps, formulating a long-term treatment plan. This will involve a referral to a residential or outpatient treatment program for the continuation of the recovery journey.
What a Teen Can Expect in Addiction Recovery Program
Once a teen has successfully completed the medical detox program, the next step in recovery is an addiction recovery program. Teen SUD treatment is available in age-specific programs offered in either an outpatient or residential setting. Generally, a mild to moderate SUD can be successfully treated via outpatient services, whereas a moderate to severe SUD is best treated in a residential program designed for teens.
Some teens will benefit from a residential treatment program for their SUD because they will receive a more intensive approach to treatment. The teen resides at the treatment center for an extended period during which he or she will engage in a full schedule of therapeutic activities daily. The treatment elements align with those listed for outpatient services, however a residential program provides 24-hour monitoring and support, and a more intensive level of care across the curriculum. Students will be provided tutoring while in the residential program, allowing them to continue to complete academic coursework while in treatment.
We offer private treatment locations in Agoura Hills and Calabasas in California near Los Angeles. We are conveniently located near Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) for those who are traveling outside of the local area. BNI can help arrange for pick up and travel assistance as needed. Many of our clients are coming from local counties such as Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County, Ventura, and San Francisco.