Drug and Alcohol Detox
Ambulatory and Inpatient Detox, Positive Sobriety Institute
It can be very difficult for professionals who are accustomed to being in control to admit that they need help with alcohol and drugs. At Positive Sobriety Institute of Chicago, we understand how difficult those first few steps toward recovery can be.
Positive Sobriety Institute offers medically supervised ambulatory detox and facilitates inpatient detox in Chicago as a first step in the treatment of alcohol, drug, and pain medication use disorders. Positive Sobriety Institute’s multidisciplinary team ensures that detoxing patients are comfortable, supported and safe. When an individual is no longer under the influence of alcohol and drugs, physical, mental and spiritual healing can begin in earnest.
Outpatient Detox at Positive Sobriety Institute
Positive Sobriety Institute’s ambulatory detox center in Chicago is a medically supervised, outpatient program with many of the benefits of inpatient detoxification but in a less restrictive environment. Detox is the process by which the body rids itself of drugs, alcohol and other toxic substances. Ambulatory detox is the first phase in a continuum of substance abuse recovery offered by Positive Sobriety Institute in Chicago that includes an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), Continuing Care and an Independent Living option.
Ambulatory detox services include substance use assessment and patient observation, medical history, monitoring of vital signs, treatment of withdrawal symptoms, counseling, and addiction recovery planning. Ambulatory detox patients are also assessed for mental health disorders, trauma and suicide risk.
Detoxing individuals are under the care of a multidisciplinary team led by Positive Sobriety Institute’s medical director, Dr. Dan Angres, who is board certified in addiction medicine, addiction psychiatry and psychiatry. The medical and clinical team at our Chicago detox center also includes our compassionate and experienced psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, therapists and addiction counselors. The PSI team uses medications along with holistic therapies to ease withdrawal symptoms, alleviate anxiety and help individuals get the sleep they need to allow their bodies to rest and heal from the damage caused by alcohol and drugs.
Detoxing has a strong psychological component. Many people who have become dependent on alcohol and drugs are very anxious about giving up addictive substances. The process of alcohol and drugs leaving the body can also spark feelings of nervousness and anxiety. Our Chicago detox center team monitors each patient’s progress, providing medical treatments to alleviate symptoms of anxiety, as well as the emotional support and encouragement each person needs to get through this early period of recovery.
By taking this comprehensive approach, patients emerge from detox feeling physically and mentally stronger, clear-headed and ready to tackle the work that needs to be done to achieve long-term recovery.
Managing Co-Occurring Disorders During Detox
It’s very common for people with substance use disorders to also have one or more co-occurring mental health conditions, also known as dual disorders. Dual disorders that are often present alongside addiction include depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), personality disorders and anxiety disorders.
Drugs and alcohol can worsen mental health symptoms by interfering with psychiatric medications and preventing people from getting restorative sleep. Alcohol and drugs can even trigger certain mental health disorder symptoms.
Conversely, drug and alcohol use can also mask existing mental health conditions, making it difficult to discern which symptoms are due to substance use and which symptoms are due to a dual disorder. When a person goes through alcohol detox or drug detox, symptoms of co-occurring mental health disorders may change or become more pronounced.
Because of the bi-directional interaction between substance use and mental health disorders, it’s crucial to closely monitor each patient’s psychological state during detox. Positive Sobriety Institute’s psychiatrists, addiction medicine specialists and nurse practitioners have many years of experience helping patients through these first days of sobriety. Our Chicago detox center team is responsive and available to handle any changes in medication or other assistance needed during this phase of care.
Coping with Anxiety and Ambivalence
Saying goodbye to alcohol and drugs can be an intimidating prospect. Even when an individual knows that getting sober is a step he or she must take for their health and relationships, another part of them may cling to the idea that they can control their alcohol and drug use.
Drugs and alcohol exert a very powerful influence on the brain and thinking. Addictive substances act on neurological pathways in a way that makes it difficult to stay resolved to quit.
Many professionals who have had successful careers as physicians, nurses, lawyers, pilots or business executives think they can handle their substance use disorder on their own. Shame may also prevent some from seeking help from a detox center. But there comes a point in which true strength is admitting that life has gotten out of control, and that changing thought patterns and behavior associated with addiction requires the support of an experienced team of professionals.
Inpatient Detox in Chicago
Many patients can be safely detoxed on an outpatient basis. But for some individuals with severe substance use disorders and alcoholism, detox must be done in an inpatient hospital setting for their safety.
Inpatient detox at Positive Sobriety Institute is conducted in cooperation with nearby hospitals. Inpatient detox offers constant medical care and supervision provided by hospital staff who can administer immediate treatment should serious withdrawal symptoms or other complications arise. When determining whether ambulatory/outpatient or inpatient detox is needed, our medical team considers the kinds and types of substances being abused, the duration and the amounts, as well as co-occurring mental health disorders and other physical disorders such as heart disease, diabetes, or pain disorders.
At our detox center in Chicago, our patient’s safety is our first priority. As part of the intake and assessment process, our medical team will determine the level of detox that’s most appropriate for each individual.
Our Detox Treatment Goals
Positive Sobriety Institute recognizes that every patient has unique needs. We evaluate your needs based on the amount and types of substances you are currently using to determine the type of alcohol and drug detoxification needed. Our goal is to ensure safety and comfort while stabilizing patients and preparing them for the next phase of treatment.
Positive Sobriety Institute utilizes the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) criteria to appropriately match the intensity of treatment to the severity of your addiction.
Positive Sobriety Institute’s Ambulatory & Inpatient Drug and Alcohol Detox Program is designed to meet several goals:
- Provide detox services in a safe and medically supervised environment.
- Meet federal and state requirements for impaired professionals.
- Provide a continuum of substance abuse treatments that ultimately lead to a full recovery.
Sometimes, people equate detox with addiction treatment. It’s important to recognize that detox is an important step, but it’s only one step. Alcohol and drug rehab is much more than detox. Addiction treatment at Positive Sobriety Institute is a multi-faceted process that includes medical, clinical and holistic components.
After detox, our psychiatrists work with individuals to manage co-occurring conditions such as depression, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder so that they feel better psychologically. When the symptoms of co-occurring conditions are under control and no longer causing an individual emotional distress, the urge to use alcohol and drugs to escape those negative feelings diminishes.
Addiction treatment at Positive Sobriety Institute also includes psychotherapy in group and individual settings to help men and women work through the underlying issues that led to the addiction. We also offer EMDR to help individuals overcome past traumatic experiences that may continue to cause them psychological pain, and that can contribute to alcohol and drug use.
In psychotherapy, men and women learn healthier strategies to deal with stress and create a work-life balance that will put them on a path toward better health and recovery for the long-term. PSI also utilizes holistic therapies, such as yoga, meditation, exercise therapy and mindfulness, that help people cope with cravings and develop the healthy lifestyle that supports long-term recovery.
Since addiction also hurts those who love the addict the most, addiction rehab at Positive Sobriety Institute also includes a family program to help spouses, partners and others impacted by the addiction begin their own healing and recovery from the deception, stress and turmoil that often accompanies addiction.