Medical Detox

If you, or someone you know, are caught in the cycle of addiction, the first aspect to attend to is often the physical.

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What is a medical detox?

Simply put, when the body is accustomed to a regular or hazardous amount of alcohol or drugs, stopping drinking or using can cause the body to react. This ‘reaction’ or withdrawal can be dangerous and complicated without medical support. 

At Delamere, our approach to detox is a caring one which recognises the courage it takes to let go of alcohol or drugs. Medical detoxification, or medical detox, is the process of ridding the body of toxic, addictive substances under the supervision of a licensed, medical professional team. Clinically a medical detox is proven to be the most successful and safest way of stopping a substance dependency.

A medical detox also takes the individual out of their usual environment and affords them the peace, rest, and support that they need in a temptation and stress-free environment.

For most people seeking addiction treatment within a rehab centre such as Delamere, a medical detox is considered a priority, occurring at the beginning of treatment. Those who complete medical detox are more likely to stay in treatment longer and have longer stretches of sobriety without an addiction relapse.

What’s involved in an alcohol or drug detox treatment at Delamere?

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Medical detox at Delamere

The journey to a successful detox is not an easy one – indeed, many people go through a grieving phase as they begin to free themselves from what has become a sort of anaesthetic to life’s pains. A clinical detox needs to be carried out in a suitable environment with the right medical resources so that withdrawal symptoms can be safely managed.

At Delamere, our tailored detox programmes are overseen by our doctor, with nurses on hand to support 24 hours a day. This means we are able to help participants settle in and recover at their own pace, always with the support of our trained and sympathetic professionals.

This 24-hour resource, coupled with the fact that we operate out of a purpose-built facility, means we are able to offer a detox treatment that is not only safer but also more comfortable than many offered by UK providers. The majority of rehab providers do not have a full-time medical team and offer a ‘community’ detox that is facilitated by support workers, not nurses.


“At Delamere we do a thorough assessment of every guest that comes in and we provide medical treatment which means that we can detox people at their own pace, keep things comfortable. This individual treatment plan is unique to Delamere.”

Dr Catherine Carney
Psychiatrist at Delamere

‘Stop’ lays the foundations for the following stages of our rehab programme. Once you have completed your detox, staying stopped and future-proofing your abstinence is the next step.

Everything we offer at Delamere aims at effective and lasting outcomes in addiction treatment:

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    Stage 1: Stop

    This phase addresses any physical aspects of your addiction. Our medical team is on hand 24/7 to ensure a safe and effective withdrawal.

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    Stage 2: Start

    During ‘Start’ we help identify the psychological underpinnings of your dependency as you participate in a variety of addiction treatment therapies.

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    Stage 3: Grow

    Our ‘Grow’ phase is the process of integrating the Delamere learning experience into life after treatment.

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    Stage 4: Grow

    Our ‘Bloom’ phase offers intensive support on a weekly basis for the first three months of recovery once guests return home.

How to encourage a loved one to go to rehab

If you are looking to help a family member, work colleague, or loved one, admit themselves to an addiction rehabilitation centre, we’re here to help. It may be that the person in question is in denial about the extent of their problem, possibly even refusing to acknowledge that there’s a problem – and resisting professional help. At Delamere, we provide family support services and help your loved one confront addiction and denial.

Should it be necessary, we also offer intervention services whereby we take the time to understand what is happening and help prepare and rehearse a formal intervention that will culminate in your loved one entering treatment with us. If you are considering organising an intervention for your loved one, friend, or colleague, contact Delamere today.

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Frequently asked questions about medical detox

Why is a medical detox recommended?

A medical detox is recommended for those who have developed a physical dependence on a substance. Withdrawal without a medically managed detox can be brutal and even life-threatening. Withdrawal symptoms manifest psychologically and physiologically. With a long-standing drug or alcohol dependence they can become unbearable and therefore an unassisted detox is rarely successful.

What are the benefits of a clinical detox?

A clinical detox is the safest way to detox and is only possible with a full-time medical team. During detox at Delamere, you will be monitored and cared for 24/7 by a team of doctors and qualified nursing staff. All medications and therapies are delivered within our purpose-built residential facility by qualified professionals. Watch out for rehab clinics that offer a ‘community detox’ on a residential basis. Such places do not employ nurses, to keep costs down and profits up. They are limited in terms of what they can offer and in our view are unsafe.

Is undergoing a detox at Delamere like being in hospital?

We are not a hospital. We’re a Care Quality Commission registered clinic with a full inpatient detox treatment unit. Your private room is homely and domestic rather than clinical. Expect en-suite facilities, a TV, and lots of home comforts. At Delamere, you are not a patient, you are a participant. We honour and celebrate your decision to stop and we treat you like an adult.

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