Medical Drug Detox

Addiction is an ongoing, relapsing brain disease that compels an individual to compulsively seek and use drugs or alcohol, with no regard for the adverse effects that it causes. The reason why addiction is considered a brain disease is that substance abuse changes the physical structure of the brain, plus it also affects the chemical and psychological functions of the brain. Medical drug detox removes these substances from the body so that the physical effects that the substances had on the brain are diminished, thus also aiding in the recovery of the chemical and psychological functions of the brain.

Substance use disorder is a complex problem with many underlying facets associated with it, and treatment must address all these issues to help you recover from your addiction. Our medical team will conduct an analysis of your addiction, plus your mental, physical and emotional state to determine what unique challenges and issues you are facing, and what treatment methods you should receive.


The initial phase of your inpatient treatment begins with the drug detox process where you will gradually be weaned off of all offending substances. Because your brain and body have adjusted to having these substances, they will begin to struggle to find balance as the substances are being removed from your system. This is what causes withdrawal symptoms to occur, and medications are often used to alleviate many of the symptoms.

During the drug detox process, you will be monitored by our expert medical staff, and they will be able to manage or slow down the process if necessary. This is to ensure that you are kept safe and in a stable condition as you go through the detox process. Some drug and alcohol detox situations can cause dangerous withdrawal symptoms, which is why you need to be in a drug detox treatment center when you go through a detox process. As an inpatient at a drug treatment center, you are in the safest and best environment to rid your body of the drugs or alcohol.

Our medical team at WhiteSands Treatment Centers will keep you safe and as comfortable as possible. Our team is able to administer medications to alleviate drug cravings and suppress physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms.

Patients can also receive medications that help the brain re-establish normal brain functioning. Medications are available to treat opioid, alcohol and nicotine addiction. These medications are helpful in preventing a relapse, and when combined with treatment that teaches the recovering addict relapse prevention techniques, they are very effective. Counseling and therapy will equip the patient to manage and control triggers, temptations, toxic people and situations, and dysfunctional thought and behavior patterns.

Many drug detox treatment centers offer inpatient and residential treatment which is very effective for patients with severe addictions or that have co-occurring mental health issues. The community environment is structured to positively influence your attitude, knowledge, and behavior regarding your drug use.

You must realize though, that a drug detox just removes chemicals from your body but does not treat your addictive behavior. That is why you will have to continue with psychological counseling and therapy. According to NIDA, addiction research has shown that patients who do not receive any other treatments after the drug detox process usually resume their drug use.

After you have completed your drug detox process, there are many effective outpatient counseling and therapy treatments that will help you stay sober and in control of yourself. Our medical team?s analysis of your situation will determine what treatments you should have to effectively recover from your addictive thinking and behavior. Below is just a sampling of the types of treatments that are available:

  • Family therapy teaches members of the family about addiction and how they can support you with your recovery. It also lays out on the table any past regrets, hurts, fears, shame or guilt that you or other family members are struggling with. Addiction changes the family dynamic, and it may have become dysfunctional and negatively affects your recovery. In family therapy, issues are straightened out and the family finds balance and healing. Adolescents recovering from drugs or alcohol usually receive multi-dimensional family therapy to address their needs.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you identify the underlying reasons that may have led you to use drugs. It teaches you how to change destructive thought and behavior patterns into healthy, positive ones. This type of therapy helps your brain create new pathways for healthy thinking, which ultimately affects your behavior.

At WhiteSands Treatment Centers, we are committed to helping you recover from addiction, remain sober and go on to lead a healthy, productive life. Your drug detox is just the beginning of your recovery journey, and with the addition of counseling and therapy you will be equipped to overcome your addiction and meet any future obstacles. You deserve the best in drug addiction treatment and that is what we offer.