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Overcoming addiction is difficult. In 2015 alone, more than 28,000 individuals in New Jersey sought treatment for heroin or opioid addiction, and those numbers are increasing. With a heroin death rate that is more than three times the national average, NJ is pushing for more access to addiction care. At Tranquil & Quest, we seek to meet the needs of those struggling with chemical dependency. Our NJ Ambulatory Detox program provides our clients with premier treatment. Learn more below.
“We want to continue in New Jersey to lead the way on this. Prevention is important, but treatment is the one place where we’ve fallen behind, and we need to catch up.” -New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, 2017 NJPN Conference
NJ Ambulatory Detox
What is detox?
Detoxification, or detox, is the first step of addiction recovery. While we now know the term “detox” in reference to substance abuse, it’s original meaning is simply “a regimen or treatment intended to remove toxins and impurities from the body” (Merriam-Webster). So, what does that entail?
In recovery, detox is the initial period of time after one stops using an addictive substance. Generally, detox takes place at a specialized facility. Medically-assisted detox helps with two major types of withdrawal: physical stress and psychological stress.
Physical stress: Addiction affects both the mind and body. During long-term drug abuse, one’ s body comes to expect the drug on a regular basis. As a result, when an individual stops using a drug, this system is disrupted and the body undergoes stress.
Physical withdrawal symptoms include:
- Muscle aches and pains
- Insomnia and fatigue
- Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
- Abdominal cramps
Psychological stress: Addiction is perpetuated by our mental and behavioral health. Just as our body functions with the expectation of a substance, our brain is chemically rewired to accommodate drugs. This is why addiction is largely considered a mental illness. The chemicals in drugs substitute those naturally produced by our brain, reducing the natural production. During detox, the brain is no longer receiving the drug’s chemicals. The process of naturally producing the replaced chemicals again can be long, leading to psychological withdrawal symptoms.
Psychological withdrawal symptoms include:
So how does medically-assisted detox help? First, medically-assisted detox provides a calm and comfortable environment away from external stressors. These stressors may be a job, family, or home responsibilities that make withstanding stress and discomfort especially difficult.
Second, medically-assisted detox often provides withdrawal medication, such as Suboxone or Vivitrol, which help to relieve side effects and encourage individuals to continue recovery.
What is ambulatory detox?
While many detox programs include 24/7 hospitalization, ambulatory detox does not. Ambulatory (or outpatient) detox takes place during the day, while allowing clients to return home in the evening. For the safety of the client, ambulatory detox facilities generally provide transportation to and from treatment.
Ambulatory detox is a good option for individuals who cannot or do not want to disrupt their lives with 24/7 care. Additionally, outpatient programs are more affordable for individuals and their insurance companies, allowing them to receive longer care than they otherwise might at an inpatient facility.
NJ Ambulatory Detox at Tranquil & Quest
Tranquil and Quest provides medication-assisted treatment for those detoxing from any substance. Our Ambulatory Detoxification Program provides a peaceful and comfortable setting to begin recovery. During treatment, our clients will receive withdrawal medication and participate in recovery groups to help educate them on addiction, address co-occurring disorders or underlying causes of addiction, and establish a recovery network to promote sobriety.
Nearby living accommodations are available for those who are interested in our oceanfront housing program.
All private insurances are accepted. Same day (or next day) appointments and transportation are available in most cases.