drug detox
is not a cure

Although drug detox is an important step toward addressing an individual’s drug addiction, it is only the first step in a longer continuum of care. Drug detox alone is rarely successful over the long term.

What Is Drug Detox?

Drug detox is a medical intervention that manages an individual safely through the process of acute withdrawal by clearing toxins from the body and minimizing the physical harm caused by the withdrawal process.

What Drug Detox Is Not

Drug detox is not designed to resolve the long-standing psychological, social, and behavioral problems associated with alcohol and drug abuse. Appropriate drug treatment after detox greatly increases long-terms success.

detox is just the beginning

Patients with substance use disorders or acute intoxication obtain inpatient detoxification in general hospitals each year.

But …

only 1 in 5 of them recieve substance abuse treatment during that hospitalization.

deciding who goes where

six assessment dimensions

Drug detox can take place in a variety of settings; the following dimensions help providers determine which one is best for any individual.

  1. Level of intoxication and withdrawal potential
  2. Medical conditions and complications
  3. Emotional, behavioral, or cognitive conditions
  4. Readiness to change
  5. Continued use potential
  6. Recovery / living environment

levels of detox treatment

level I – D : Physician’s office, home health care agency

levfl II – D : day hospital service

level III . 2 – D :  non-medical, residential setting

level III . 7 – D :  medically – monitored, residential setting

level IV – D :  medically – managed setting such as a psychiatric hospital

Gold Standard offers medically monitored drug and alcohol detox in a home-like environment. Our medical teams use the latest evidence-based approaches to make sure this period is safe and as comfortable as possible. During detox we manage the physical changes that occur in the brain and body after repeated alcohol or drug use while providing the highest level of comfort and support.

Comprehensive Assessments

Your treatment team will conduct physical exams and assessments to determine the most effective detox protocols based on your drug[s] of abuse, medical history and individual needs.

Round-the-Clock Care

You’ll be monitored around the clock by staff who will check vital signs and make sure that you feel comfortable and cared for. We’ll be there to promptly attend to any discomfort or concerns.


Our physicians may prescribe research-backed medications as clinically appropriate to ease the physical and psychological symptoms of withdrawal.

Home-Like Comfort

Far from a stark, hospital-like environment, our drug and alcohol detox facilities are home-like and welcoming. You’ll enjoy comfortable furnishings and warm décor in soothing settings.

Most drug and all alcohol addictions require a phase of detoxification at the start of the rehabilitation process.

This stage of detox is designed to remove all traces of drugs and alcohol from the body. In some cases, maintenance medication may be given to ease the withdrawal symptoms associated with certain drugs, including opiate prescription drugs and heroin.

The severity of the detox process varies according to:

  • The individual’s unique body composition and metabolism.
  • The particular drug and dosage that was being used.
  • How long the drug has been taken.
  • If there are any other addictions involved.

Detoxification is generally a safe process when undergone in a supervised medical setting. Since detox for certain individuals and substances can be potentially very severe — and in some cases, deadly — it’s not advised for individuals to detox on their own at home.

The detoxification process is made as comfortable as possible with the most care and attention paid to our clients’ physical withdrawal symptoms through the appropriate use of medication and other support systems.

The journey of recovery will begin with a thorough medical evaluation and psychological assessment done by our dedicated and experienced clinical team. Our admissions team will help each client and their family decide the appropriate treatment plan based on their specific needs.

If the client requires a medically supervised or sub-acute detoxification, Gold Standard offers an independent, medically monitored alcohol and drug detox that is closely supervised by an affiliated team of detoxification specialists.

Our physician partners have many years of experience managing the symptoms of withdrawal and utilize a wide range of safe and effective medications to help manage the physical symptoms.

Most of our clients finish alcohol and drug detox within three to ten days after which the rehab program can begin at the Gold Standard residential treatment facilities. Our goal is the successful long-term recovery for each of our clients. Each phase of the treatment experience at Gold Standard is designed with this in mind and builds upon the previous phase, arresting the active addiction and positioning clients for long-term success.

The process of drug and alcohol detox can be made easy with our compassionate team of care providers and the right medication management. It is our goal to make the detoxification process as easy and as painless as possible while in our care.

For many, this is one of the biggest hurdles in recovery—just getting clean and sober to begin with. The journey of recovery begins with physical sobriety, making this a necessary and crucial first step.