Medical detox is always the first stage of drug and alcohol addiction treatment. Just like any other drug rehab program, medical detox treatments are often personalized for each patient based on factors such as age, medical history, and the substances the person was using. A level 1 subacute medical detox is just one of several detox options available at drug and alcohol rehab.
What Is a Level 1 Subacute Drug Detox?
A level 1 subacute drug or alcohol detox is for those who require immediate medical care but who aren’t experiencing life-threatening withdrawal symptoms that require urgent, high-intensive care. This detox program provides patients with the support and medications they need without the 24-hour monitoring and supervision provided by an acute drug detox program.
Level 1 subacute drug detox usually takes place at residential rehab centers and doctors’ offices. In some instances, patients may live at home while receiving level 1 subacute detox and visit their drug rehab centers for regular monitoring and to receive medications that manage withdrawal symptoms.
Who Needs a Level 1 Subacute Medical Detox?
People who are going through drug and alcohol withdrawal may benefit from level 1 subacute medical detox if they aren’t at risk for life-threatening complications. Some substances are more dangerous to withdraw from than others due to the way they interfere with the central nervous system and certain neurotransmitters.
For example, people who drink heavily every day are at risk of experiencing a severe form of alcohol withdrawal called delirium tremens. Delirium tremens can lead to life-threatening complications including dehydration, irregular heartbeat, and seizures, reports MedlinePlus. Benzodiazepines are another substance that can lead to seizures when quit too abruptly.
A level 1 subacute medical detox may also be a good option for the following scenarios:
- Your withdrawal symptoms have already peaked. You may be an ideal candidate for subacute drug detox if the worst of your withdrawal symptoms have already passed or you are experiencing post-acute symptoms like insomnia, anxiety, and depression — all of which may be managed using a combination of therapy and medication.
- You are psychologically addicted to a substance. Some substances do not cause physical dependence, but can be psychologically addictive, such as LSD and PCP, according to MedlinePlus. People who are addicted to these drugs may relapse on behalf of strong urges to use, and may still need to be monitored through subacute detox.
- You have relapsed after completing a detox or treatment program. Those who have relapsed after completing any type of drug detox or drug rehab program may need another subacute medical detox so they can be closely monitored and experience a better outcome.
Recovering From Drug Dependence at ARC
America’s Rehab Campuses offers medical detox and a variety of drug rehab programs that can be customized for each patient based on their medical history and history with substance abuse. Treatment at ARC begins with a biopsychosocial and medical evaluation by a medical doctor, psychologist, and/or psychiatrist — all of whom will collaboratively recommend the best detox and rehab program for you or your loved one.
Contact ARC today at 833-272-7342 to learn more about your treatment options for drug and alcohol detox.