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Types of Detox

Types of detoxifications

Before entering a detox programme, it’s vital that you understand what kind of detox you’ll be paying for and the level of support it will provide you through withdrawal.

It’s also essential for prospective patients or families to note that Castle Craig is an inpatient residential facility that offers medically managed and medically monitored detoxes.

On top of this, due to our extensive medical and therapeutic staff, we are also able to provide mental health and psychiatric support alongside your treatment for addiction – 

  • All detox treatment and support are in an extremely safe, secure, and clinical environment within Kirkurd House, our dedicated detox unit.

Medically managed inpatient detox

A medically managed detox in an inpatient facility is one of the most intensive, supportive detoxes you could intake. Mostly they are reserved for acute alcohol or drug withdrawals, where they might be poly use or co-occurring mental health conditions. Castle Craig’s detox is fully medically managed.

A medically managed detox will occur in a hospital setting like the one we have created in our specialist detox unit. Patients will receive round-the-clock care, monitoring, and mental health support here.

Medically monitored inpatient detox

Differing from a ‘medically managed detox’, ‘medically monitored inpatient detoxification’ still provides 24-hour care. However, it is not an acute care setting where a medical team monitors your withdrawal symptoms. For example, it is more likely to be a room near a nursing station. There is unlikely to be any Doctor present, and the nursing team may consist of a single nurse.

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Clinically managed resident detox

An option that is often provided with other residential facilities – a clinically managed resident detox is also referred to as a social detox, which offers some medical supervision if required but will lack round-the-clock medical care. For example, a doctor or nurse might be on call but not on site. 

Ambulatory detox

Where detox takes place in a community, outpatient setting, you might spend several hours in one treatment setting before returning home or visiting a Doctor’s surgery several times (ambulatory detox without extended onsite monitoring). Sometimes referred to as Alcohol kick-start detoxification, the process lasts between 3-4 nights.

This is the least intensive level available and might increase the risk of relapse without therapeutic intervention. Sometimes termed ‘home’ or ‘community detox’ is where the patient detoxes themselves off alcohol in their own home.

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