Medically Supported Detox
A minimum of seven days of clean/sober time is required prior to admission into the Residential Treatment Program. With 24/7 support, the Medically Supported Detox (MSD) is a safe environment for those in the initial stages of recovery. While detoxing, the withdrawal symptoms can be unbearable and often urge clients to leave treatment to use their drug of choice. We provide suitable and safe interventions to alleviate the worst of the symptoms, resulting in the individual remaining in our care and committing to their recovery.
The medical protocols used in MSD have been established through best-practice guidelines for addictions and substance use. Protocols are initiated based on the assessment skills of the nursing staff including, but not limited to:
- Substance Use
- Physical Assessment
- Severity of Withdrawal Symptoms
- Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale (COWS) Score
- Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment for Alcohol (CIWA) Score
Each client’s recovery is unique, and as such, medications and protocols used in MSD will reflect the individuality of the client’s needs and will be determined collaboratively with the treatment team.
Detoxing the body from drugs and alcohol is only a portion of recovery; additional tools are required to sustain sobriety. As such, MSD clients are expected to participate in daily detox-specific programming such as lectures, group therapy sessions, assignments, recreation, and peer interaction. A detox counsellor is assigned to support the individual and helps to make plans for further treatment such as Thorpe’s 42-day Residential Addiction Treatment Program, support groups, and outpatient counselling. The detox counsellor confers with the individual, their family, referral source, and/or counsellor to define an effective treatment and after-care plan.
Suboxone is a medication that may be administered to opiate users during their withdrawal process. Suboxone is a specially-prescribed, non-addictive substance and therefore, is an efficient tool to treat withdrawal from opiates such as fentanyl, heroin, and benzodiazepines. When administered correctly, the medicine provides a small relief and as protocol continues, Suboxone eventually blocks the opioid receptor in the brain and makes for a more positive detox experience.
How Long is Detox?
Medically Supported Detox is typically 7 – 10 days; but can vary depending on the substance and progress of the client.
How Do I Get Into Detox?
There are two methods of accessing a bed at TRC: an Alberta or Saskatchewan healthcare funded bed, or fee-for-service bed. Due to a small number of funded beds at the facility, there typically is a wait for treatment.
What Happens After Detox?
For a comprehensive continuum of care, we highly recommend transitioning into the TRC Residential Addiction Treatment Program. Although effective for early stages of recovery, Medically Supported Detox does not prepare the client for life in recovery in the same as a 42 day treatment program.
How Can I Prepare?
We recommend individuals prepare for Detox by attending 12 Step (AA or NA), or other support groups.
What does the program entail?
During their stay in Medically Supported Detox, clients are expected to participate in the scheduled programming each day. Programming includes lectures, process groups, counselling, and other therapeutic activities designed specifically for individuals in the early stages of recovery. Topics covered include the following:
- PAWS (Post-Acute Withdrawal Symptoms)
- Grounding Techniques
- Stress and Anxiety Management
- An Introduction to Step 1 of the 12 Steps
- Art Therapy
- Recovery Planning
- Group Sharing
The Thorpe Recovery Centre takes a well-rounded approach to ensure clients are on the path to recovery and don’t substitute one addiction for another. Curriculum is tailored to each individual’s needs, and includes several core lectures, specialty groups and support groups to guide clients on their journey.
The Thorpe Recovery Centre provides structure and basic guidelines clients will need when they re-integrate into the “real world”.