Medical Assessment

Prior to your admission into The Providence Projects, you will undergo a full telephone assessment which will enable our team to gather all the required information to ensure that we are able to treat you effectively. This assessment is processed by the therapy and medical team before arranging admission. Don’t worry; this process is quick and we can generally arrange admission within a matter of days.

On arrival, you will have an initial assessment with one of the Doctors, as part of The Providence Surgery. During your assessment, you will undergo a general medical with particular focus on your alcohol or drug use to ensure an appropriate detox regime is drawn up. Your belongings will be taken to your private room; all clients have their own bedroom throughout their stay at The Providence Projects.

We really do understand just how daunting detox may seem and in fact, many of our team are in recovery and have been through it themselves!

The treatment team of Doctors at The Providence Surgery led by Dr Niman are highly experienced in all forms of detoxification and in their most recent CQC Report, they were actually rated as Outstanding with special praise for the work they carried out for people with alcohol or drug problems and mental health conditions.
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Having been assessed by Dr Niman, the detox will commence immediately. For some of our clients, detox will mean a comprehensive medical regime to ensure safe and comfortable withdrawal, whilst other clients have less of a physical dependence and may require little or no medication. Once you have completed your telephone assessment, our team will be able to outline the type of detox you may require.

As part of the detox process, your stats and symptoms are measured throughout the day along with medical reviews with our medical professional. Depending on the nature of dependence, the detox phase may range from 3 days to 14 days. During this time, you will engage in a light therapeutic programme to start building the skills to help you maintain your recovery. The Providence Projects have successfully provided detox regimes for nearly 30 years.

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Detox Types & Lengths

The type of medication you will receive during detox will depend on the substance you are withdrawing from. This will be individualised and may be supplemented with other medications to lower anxiety, assist with sleep or to treat other medical conditions.

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Withdrawal symptoms can vary in nature as your body begins to eliminate traces of the substance. Factors to consider include:.
  • Length of drug abuse or alcohol abuse
  • Type of substance abused
  • Complexities around your drug addiction, such as poly-substance abuse
  • Pre-existing mental health issues

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Alcohol Detox Programme

Alcohol is most commonly treated with benzodiazepines such as Chlordiazepoxide. The individual regime will however depend on a range of personal factors and may include other medications including vitamins, medication to assist with sleep, and medication to reduce anxiety. On average, the alcohol detoxification process will last 7-10 days, however alcohol withdrawal symptoms may persist for longer.

For those with severe alcohol dependence, it is important that symptoms are monitored under medical supervision to prevent severe withdrawal symptoms. Medically-assisted alcohol detox within our treatment centre is the safest way to reduce serious complications such as Delirium tremens, which can be life threatening in nature.

Drug Detox Programme

The drug detox process will depend on the type of substance(s) you are struggling with. Drug withdrawal symptoms can vary from mild to severe, so it’s important that you speak to one of our medical professionals before attempting to quit.

If you have any questions regarding addiction , detoxification or would like to set up a free assessment, please call today and speak to one of our team.

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Opiate Detox

Heroin or opioid withdrawal symptoms are generally treated with buprenorphine although there are other options available if this is not suitable. On average, heroin detox will last 12-15 days.

Cocaine Detox

Cocaine withdrawal symptoms do not generally need medication but a Doctor would still assess you to ensure a safe detox period. During detox, you may experience fatigue, low moods and increased appetite.

Ketamine Detox

Ketamine addiction can be difficult to break. Not all, but many who become dependent on ketamine find that the addiction is actually perpetuated due to the painful symptoms. If you are someone who uses ketamine to cope with pain, pain management options will be explored. Others, fortunately, do not suffer these symptoms and may require less or no medication subject to the assessment with the Doctor.

Cannabis Detox

Cannabis addiction is often underestimated. Many long term users find it impossible to stop due to the withdrawal symptoms they experience but at The Providence Projects we understand just how badly the cravings, anxiety and insomnia can affect someone trying to stop. Our doctors will work with you to draw up a personalised regime.

Benzodiazepine Detox

Benzodiazepine addiction can take many forms. Some people have been prescribed for many years and have found it impossible to reduce in the community whilst others have been buying benzos online or from drug dealers. The Providence Projects do not provide any rapid detox for benzodiazepines and the addiction is generally treated with benzodiazepines through a tapering programme (tapering is a slow reduction in dosage over a period of time).

Upon Successful Completion Your Detox

It’s important to understand that drug detox or alcohol detox is just the beginning of rehab at The Providence Projects. Treating the physical dependence on a substance will not address the psychological nature of addiction. Upon completion of detox, you will begin primary treatment with us which helps to address the reasons for compulsive behaviours.

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Frequently Asked Questions
Will I need a detox?

As part of your assessment, we will determine what type of detox will be required for you. If a medically-managed detox programme is not required, you will begin the therapeutic phase of rehab from day 1. Please visit our primary treatment page to learn more.

Will I be supervised during my detox?

If you do require a medically-managed detox, you will be monitored 24/7 until our medical team are confident it is safe for you to continue.

Is it safe to detox from multiple substances?

Different substances cause different physiological effects, so it’s important during your assessment that you tell us about all of the substances you are taking.

Our team are experienced in handling many different detox programmes, and they will guide you through the process with decades of experience and expertise.

Do you offer a detox-only programme?

We typically do not offer detox-only programmes, as they only treat the physical nature of dependence. We offer detox as part of our wider residential rehab programme, designed to treat both the physical and psychological nature of addiction.

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