Full Medical Detox from Alcohol and Drugs
At Sanctuary Lodge, we offer a full medical detox for those suffering from a physical addiction to alcohol or drugs. Regular consumption of alcohol or a drug can lead to the development of a physical dependency. This means that the individual needs alcohol or the particular drug in order for them to feel ‘normal’ or to be able to function.
Physical dependency develops through frequent exposure to a mood or mind-altering substance, or increased use over time. The individual’s brain makes changes in the body to enable them to adapt. In order for them to keep getting high, they find they have to take larger or more frequent quantities. Suddenly stopping alcohol or a drug that causes the body to adapt can send it into withdrawals; this can be extremely dangerous and uncomfortable, especially where alcohol, opiates, or prescription drugs are involved.
On admission to our clinic, we will arrange for you to see our psychiatrist, who specialises in detoxification. Once a full assessment has been completed, if required, a full detox regimen will commence. This means that the drug responsible for the individual’s physical dependence will be replaced with a pharmaceutical substitute. The affected individual will then be safely weaned off this over a predetermined period. This practise ensures that the individual does not experience acute withdrawal symptoms. It is the safest and most successful way to detox. To assist in the detoxification process and keep withdrawal symptoms to a minimum, the individual will also be able to benefit from some of our holistic therapies, which are proven to aid relaxation, ease physical symptoms, and reduce cravings.