Last Updated on by Dr. Ronaye Calvert-Conley
Partnering with a medical detox center is one of the best ways of ensuring your future sobriety and your safe recovery since they employ expert staff and use only the finest medical monitoring equipment.
However, not all detox centers come with the same ability to safeguard you against some of the dangerous complications due to withdrawals.
In fact, some recovering addicts have actually lost their life during rehab simply due to a negligent and uninformed staff.
That being said, there’s no reason not to use inpatient medical detox as a part of your recovery process.
What Makes Detox So Dangerous?
In the medical sense, the detoxification phase of recovery is by far the most dangerous.
As the body tries to adapt to functioning without the substance of abuse in the system, there are a number of side effects that can threaten the health of an addict.
Fluctuations in body temperature, heart arrhythmias, changes in respiration, and nutrition- and hydration-endangering conditions like diarrhea and vomiting can all contribute to changes in the body that may put the body at risk.
Addiction and detox can compromise the immune system thereby increasing the risk of developing bacterial and viral infections.
Not to mention that a number of drugs can bring on life-threatening symptoms of withdrawal. Detoxification from severe alcohol and benzodiazepine dependency, for instance, can cause violent grand mal seizures that can lead to death.
The Lifesaving Policies of an Inpatient Medical Detox Program
In California, the medical requirements for detox facilities are notoriously low.
Due to the dangers inherent in the withdrawal process, many states (like Massachusetts and North Carolina) require a physician to directly oversee the withdrawal process.
California, however, has no such requirement. Lax state laws allow non-medical facilities to simply hold incidental medical service agreements with doctors, giving them access to true medical expertise, but often offsite and after it’s too late.
Non-medical facilities can have a high incidence of deadly detox complications due to undertrained staff, the absence of clinical procedures, haphazard intake system, and general lack of direction and expertise. As a result, the death rate of patients in rehab (about 24 a year according to the California Department of Health Care Services via The Orange County Register) is far higher than it needs to be.
With an inpatient medical detox program, you can rest assured that your safety is the top priority since they’ve got qualified physicians and well-equipped facilities that can deal with complications should they arise.
Inpatient Medical Detox: A True Live Saver
Given the unusually relaxed laws surrounding California detox centers, it’s absolutely critical that you choose to partner with an actual inpatient medical detox program rather than a non-medical one. And for the best in inpatient medical detox, there’s no better choice than Revive Detox. So, contact us today for more information on getting sober, safely.
Dr. Ronaye Calvert-Conley is the CEO and Founder of Revive Detox, a Joint Commission Accredited and Legit Script Certified Addiction Treatment Center in Los Angeles, CA. She earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University in Los Angeles in 2007 and has extensive experience working in the addiction and recovery field and the LGBT community. To learn more about Dr. Calvert-Conley click here.