Our detox program is designed to be as comfortable as possible for you. When beginning detox treatment, it’s natural to bring some personal items with you to maximize comfort. To ensure our clients’ safety and provide a secure, comfortable environment for both patients and staff, we have some prohibitions.
We ask that your personal items please fit into one carry-on size bag, with the exception of one pillow. All external food items are also prohibited. At Pathways, we strongly believe in the power of nutrition and will provide healthy meals and snacks.
Items to BRING for detox treatment include:
- Appropriate clothing for five days. Laundry facilities are available if your stay is longer than five days.
- Personal hygiene products that do NOT contain alcohol
- Prescription medication you are currently taking
- All prescription medications must be in the original container with the doctor’s name, name of the medication, and dosage instructions
- Athletic shoes and clothes that you can comfortably move around in
- Electric razor and blow dryer
- Mp3 player and headphones
- **Please note: cell phones will NOT be allowed in treatment**
- Stamps and envelopes for writing letters
- Personal recovery books
- Socks, shoes, slippers, flip-flops
- Footwear is required at all times
- Jackets, coats, or sweatshirts
- A form of picture identification
- Enough cigarettes for one week if you smoke
- There will be store outings on Saturday
- A small amount of cash for cigarettes, any extra medication, or miscellaneous items
- A smile and a positive attitude to start your journey to the better life you deserve
Items to AVOID bringing to detox treatment include:
- Any drugs, alcohol, or substances
- ANYTHING containing alcohol or food items that contain sugar as a primary ingredient
- Including soft drinks such as Coke or Pepsi
- No personal snacks
- We will provide healthy snacks during treatment to ensure you are cultivating good nutritional habits
- Colognes, perfumes, or body sprays
- Detox treatment may cause sensitivity to these products and can cause nausea
- Athletic tank tops, revealing clothing or revealing bathing suits
- Zippo or Butane lighter fuels or any other flammable liquids
- Any pornographic or sexually explicit material that includes magazines, pictures, and DVDs
- Clothing that depicts use, sales, promotion, or advertising of alcohol, drugs, or paraphernalia
- Weapons of any kind, even pocket knives
- Cameras or any electronic device that contains a camera (like a cell phone)
- Computers or any electronic device that can access the Internet
- Extension cords or power strips
- Automobiles are not allowed at anytime
- If you require transportation to treatment, we can help you
We ask that you please leave any valuable items at home. We can secure some personal items that you will not need during treatment, but we have limited storage space at our facility. Please contact us before your arrival if you have any questions. Your items will be searched upon arrival, and any prohibited items will be confiscated for the duration of your treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What medicine is good for detox?
There is no one specific medication that will be perfect for every patient. In some programs, methadone is used to control withdrawal symptoms. However, we do not use methadone because it is an opioid and can be as addictive as heroin.
We use another medication called Suboxone and other non-Suboxone options to ensure our patients are getting the appropriate treatment they need. We strive only to administer medication if necessary.
How long does it take to detox the body?
The detox treatment length depends on the individual’s specific substance use and the severity of the substance use disorder.
Generally, we estimate that alcohol detox takes seven days, heroin detox takes seven to ten days, methadone detox takes ten days to two weeks. Opiate detox takes seven to ten days.
What happens during a detox?
Depending on the kind of detox, people will have different experiences. At Pathways Recovery, we offer medical detox. In medical detox, the patient will come to our facility and be monitored by our medical team for withdrawal symptoms. The medical team will assess each patient’s condition and prescribe medication if needed to help control withdrawal symptoms.
Medical detox is widely considered one of the safest ways to go through the detoxification process.
Can I do a detox while on medication?
It is usually recommended that patients continue their usual prescription medications during detox. If there are any concerns or issues with the medication during detox, our medical team will be available to assist with changes as necessary. We do ask individuals to bring their prescription medications with them to detox treatment.