Detoxification from drugs and or alcohol is the first step in the transition from a life of addiction to recovery. Detox is the medical removal of toxic substances from a person who is physiologically addicted to those substances. When detox was first introduced, people would experience excruciating withdrawal symptoms and they would leave treatment to return to their addiction. This went on for several years before medical recovery programs were modernized and new medications were introduced to medically manage the withdrawal symptoms.
The medical detoxification at Lumiere is designed to provide comprehensive medical services to patients who demonstrate a need for withdrawal management. This service is provided under the direction of a physician and registered nurse. The patient will receive a medication detoxification protocol, recovery plan and appropriate laboratory studies upon admission. A physical exam will be provided by a physician and will determine if the patient is in medical need of further case management and discharge planning, or is medically cleared. A patient in need of further case management will transfer to the next component of the Medical Admission Program. A patient not requiring further services will be discharged within 24 hours of the medical clearance order. All patients in medical detoxification will receive continuous observation monitoring and medical support services from professional staff. Daily structured activities will be provided in a safe, therapeutic environment assisting the patient to begin the recovery process.
At Lumiere we have a complete team of medical professionals ranging from Physicians, Advanced Nurse Practitioners and RNs to licensed therapists to help you through this process. We place you on an individualized detox protocol based on your medical condition and, with your participation, we begin to develop a Personalized Recovery Plan. Unlike many detox programs we do not believe “one size fits all”. Lumiere staff pride themselves on our ability to tailor to the specific needs of the individual.