PCP is able to facilitate ‘medically assisted withdrawal’ at all of our treatment centres. In Luton, we have a purpose built 6 bed detox unit on the same site as our rehab centre. In each location we work with a specialist detox doctor who assesses new patients upon arrival and prescribes a comfortable detox according to the needs and preferences of the individual.
Detoxification time can vary depending on the complexity of the case and the substance of abuse. Alcohol detox usually lasts between 10-14 days and opiate detox generally lasts 14 days. PCP can also do methadone reduction programmes as well as benzodiazepine and stimulant detoxification, the duration of these ‘assisted withdrawal’ regimens will vary depending on the severity of dependence.
PCP Doctors and staff work to the NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) protocols and use nationally recommended assessment tools to assess the severity of dependence and to monitor symptoms of withdrawal, meaning that all clients have the required medical intervention to safely become substance free.
PCP employ dedicated Recovery Nurses to ensure that all detoxes are monitored and medications are administered as per the instructions of the prescribing doctor. Staff are available around the clock to monitor and support patients during this process.
We like to call our detox ‘therapeutic’ in that during the detox phase of treatment, we encourage individuals to engage in the programme as much as they are physically and emotionally able to, as light movements around the building and participation in groups can distact the person from any potential withdrawal symptoms and makes the process more comfortable for them.