15 Steps to a Private Detox at Home

A Comprehensive Guide to a Successful Home Detox

At Radius Recovery we understand the challenges and sensitivities associated with withdrawal from alcohol, opiates, and benzodiazepine dependence. That’s why we offer a comprehensive and compassionate private home detox program that prioritizes your comfort and safety. With our evidence-based treatment approach and medication management, we aim to provide the highest level of care for individuals seeking a private and convenient detoxification experience. Our services cater to a wide range of clients, including executive professionals, athletes, celebrities, and anyone who believes they can benefit from our specialized model. Here are the 15 steps to a successful home detox with Radius:

Step 1: Reach Out to Radius Recovery
Your privacy is of utmost importance to us, which is why we never ask for identifying information when you contact us. You can reach us by calling (858) 779-4039. If our representatives are engaged with other clients, please leave a short message, and we’ll promptly get back to you, usually within an hour. Alternatively, you can use our confidential response form on our website to contact us directly, ensuring a quick and efficient response. When reaching out, please provide us with your geographic area (state) and specify the substance you’re seeking detoxification from.

Step 2: Share Your Confidential Drug or Alcohol Abuse History
We understand the urgency of timely treatment when you’re ready to address your alcohol or opiate dependence. After contacting Executive Home Detox, we conduct a brief health screening and history assessment to determine the suitability of our home detox treatment model for your needs. The information we gather is basic and includes:

  • Types of substances used, frequency, duration
  • Past substance use history
  • History of prior treatments and complications
  • Current medical concerns
  • Current medications
  • This quick screening helps us and you proceed with planning an individualized care plan.

Step 3: Signing a Simple Treatment Contract
At Executive Home Detox, we value simplicity and transparency. Therefore, our treatment contract consists of just one page, accompanied by a one-page ‘Terms and Conditions.’ Typically, our contract covers a minimum of five days, with additional days subject to negotiation. Alcohol detox can usually be completed within five days, while opiate detox may take anywhere from four to ten days.

The contract is straightforward, and our terms and conditions are based on common sense. However, we’re open to amending the contract to better suit your specific needs, ensuring mutual benefit. You can review the contract on our website, and we can finalize the agreement through fax or email correspondence.

Step 4: The Radius Detox Nurse Travels to You
Radius offers a unique private nurse treatment model available nationwide. We bring our services to you, ensuring your convenience and comfort. Once we determine that you’re a suitable candidate for an alcohol or opiate withdrawal program and we’ve agreed to work together, our nurse specialist will travel to your location. In most cases, the nurse arrives within twenty-four to forty-eight hours of your initial call.

This initial meeting between you and the nurse provides an opportunity to establish a face-to-face connection. Our nurse clinicians are carefully selected for their presence, professionalism, and expertise. We understand that this may be a challenging time for you, and our nurse will provide the necessary support to help stabilize your situation.

Step 5: Importantly, Radius Recovery ensures that the Clinician and Client see a Qualified Physician together.

Radius Recovery is committed to collaborating with qualified physicians and nurse practitioners. Our dedicated team includes physicians, consulting physicians, and nurse practitioners who are authorized to prescribe medication for alcohol withdrawal or opiate withdrawal. It is crucial for the client, nurse, and prescriber to establish a unified approach. To achieve this, we emphasize the significance of the Clinician and Client meeting with the nurse and physician together, as it is a pivotal step in the process.

At Radius Recovery, we prioritize working with the client’s current primary care practitioner. However, if the client does not have a primary care provider or prefers not to involve them, we can connect the client with a qualified physician who will serve as their Home Detox Physician. This physician will provide the necessary medical detox support for alcohol and opiate detoxification. The collaboration between the client, nurse, and physician is vital in ensuring a successful transition towards a life of recovery.

Radius Recovery maintains strong relationships with numerous physicians throughout the United States, many of whom are certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). In conjunction with therapists and other professionals, we form a comprehensive team dedicated to guiding clients through home detoxification and early recovery from substance misuse.

Step 6: Creating the Customized Home Detox Program

At Radius Recovery, we understand that every individual’s home detox needs are unique. We consider several variables when designing a personalized medical detox plan tailored to each client. These variables include:

  • Substance being used or misused
  • Length of substance use
  • History of previous medical detoxes
  • Previous medications used during medical detox
  • Effectiveness of prior medical detox medications
  • Current medical condition
  • Client’s preferences
  • Physician’s recommendations

While this is an extensive list of variables, our experienced team can promptly determine an appropriate detox agent or medication based on these factors. In many cases, we can establish a tentative plan over the phone before the nurse arrives at the client’s home.

Step 7: Initiating Detoxification in the Comfort of Your Own Home

When it comes to alcohol detoxification, Radius Recovery prioritizes ensuring the client’s comfort. We administer medication to manage withdrawal symptoms and provide sedation when necessary. Typically, benzodiazepines are prescribed for alcohol withdrawal. Similarly, for opiate detoxification, we emphasize comfort and conduct ongoing assessments to determine the optimal time to initiate the detox agent, usually suboxone.

Step 8: Monitoring the Client’s Progress with a Home Detox Nurse

At Radius Recovery, we value comfort, competence, and continuity during the medical detoxification process. Our expert home detox nurses initiate, evaluate, and complete the detoxification in a comfortable, convenient, and highly confidential manner. Having a medical professional present at the client’s side provides reassurance and immediate medical support. Our home detox nurses are skilled in providing close observation while respecting the client’s privacy. They can promptly administer medication to manage alcohol or opiate withdrawal symptoms as needed.

While close one-to-one observation may not be necessary for every outpatient detoxification, it is recommended for clients who may have concerns about their detox, those with existing medical conditions, and individuals who would benefit from inpatient care but refuse to consider it. Our on-site nurses maintain a low profile and can adapt their presence as necessary. Radius Recovery’s unique program caters to clients wherever they are, and our expert nurses remain on-site 24/7 until the medical detoxification is completed. Our program is highly regarded by physicians, interventionists, and others seeking alternative solutions to meet their clients’ needs.

Step 9: Assessment of Detox Patient Vitals at Radius Recovery

At Radius Recovery, we understand that the supervision and monitoring of a client during medical detox is a crucial and compassionate undertaking. Our dedicated team of nurses, now known as Radius Recovery Nurses, takes immediate action by assessing the vital signs of each client. These vital signs, including Blood Pressure, Pulse, Respirations, and Temperature, provide essential information about the client’s stability and potential distress. Our nurses interpret these vital signs and take appropriate measures, such as administering medication or notifying the prescribing physician when necessary.

To ensure competent treatment for medical detoxification, we employ valid detox scales like the CIWA scale for assessing alcohol withdrawal and the COW scale for assessing opiate withdrawal (Heroin, Oxycontin, Hydrocodone). These scales consider various symptoms that clients may experience and quantify them into measurable values.

In addition to assessing vital signs and using detox scales, our nurses perform comprehensive evaluations of the client’s overall health status. They listen to the lungs, assess bowel sounds, and evaluate the circulatory system to gain a comprehensive understanding of the client’s well-being.

By consistently monitoring vital signs and utilizing detox scales, our clinicians obtain a clear clinical picture of each client. This enables them to interpret the data effectively and determine if the detoxification process is progressing in the right direction.

Step 10: Ongoing Sleep and Nutritional Assessments at Radius Recovery

Sleep and nutrition are essential aspects of recovery, particularly when it comes to the use, abuse, and withdrawal of substances like alcohol, opiates, and benzodiazepines. At Radius Recovery, our compassionate and comprehensive approach includes assessing and addressing sleep and nutritional needs throughout the medical detox process.

Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial for individuals seeking to improve their overall health and daily functioning. Although substances like alcohol and opiates initially induce sleep, they can disrupt restful sleep, leading to chronic low energy levels. Our Radius Recovery Nurses utilize prescribed medications not only to assist with alcohol or opiate withdrawal but also to promote healthy and comfortable sleep for clients throughout their detox journey.

Nutrition often suffers as a result of alcohol and opiate use and abuse. Many individuals who abuse alcohol cease nutritional intake for extended periods. Alcohol provides carbohydrates, which temporarily satisfies the individual and diminishes their appetite. Moreover, the stomach lining may deteriorate, reducing the desire to eat as food becomes unappealing. For clients experiencing alcohol withdrawal, our nurse clinicians prioritize hydration as the initial nutritional focus. They closely monitor vital signs and skin turgor to assess the degree of dehydration and promptly initiate the hydration process using water, juices, and electrolyte-rich drinks like Gatorade or Powerade. Our clinicians continuously assess, intervene, and evaluate nutritional needs as a primary function.

Opiate use, abuse, and withdrawal also have a significant impact on nutrition. Opiates directly affect the smooth muscles in the abdomen, leading to constipation during use and diarrhea during withdrawal. Furthermore, individuals using opiates often neglect their diet as their primary focus is maintaining a constant supply of the drug. During the first 24 hours of opiate withdrawal, clients may experience stomach cramping, and the thought of eating can induce nausea. Similar to alcohol withdrawal, our approach emphasizes fluid replenishment. After the induction of Suboxone, clients typically develop a healthy appetite.

At Radius Recovery, our discreet one-to-one in-home detox and early recovery coaching services are designed to leave clients in a healthier position than when we first engage with them. We recognize the importance of addressing sleep and nutrition to support our clients’ journey toward improved health and well-being.

Step 11: Starting Early Alcohol and Addiction Recovery Education

Radius Recovery goes beyond providing detoxification services. We understand that early recovery requires comprehensive education and coaching for our clients. Our approach to education is tailored to each client’s comfort zone, delivered in an informal and non-threatening manner. The focus is on understanding various aspects related to substance use and addiction, including:

  1. Exploring the role substances have played in the client’s life, addressing physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects.
  2. Understanding the impact of substance use on relationships.
  3. Recognizing how substance use affects employment or vocation.
  4. Assessing the current physical condition and discussing the consequences of continued substance use.
  5. Exploring available options for sustaining recovery, including community resources, medical therapies, and talk therapies.
  6. Identifying potential pitfalls in the client’s environment that may hinder their recovery goals.
  7. Evaluating current coping mechanisms and providing suggestions to enhance alternative coping strategies.
  8. Educating the client about their current medication use or any prescribed medications.

At Radius Recovery, we collaborate with the client’s treatment team to provide comprehensive early recovery education and support the development of a strong treatment plan for sustained recovery.

Step 12: Collaborative Meetings Among the Client, Nurse, and Clinician

Step twelve builds upon step five, where the client and nurse visit a prescribing physician together. Once the medical detox begins, we establish clear communication and follow-up procedures with the prescribing physician. This communication can take place through phone calls, emails, or text messages and may include follow-up visits. Our nurse accompanies the client to medical appointments to facilitate high-quality, private communication between the client, physician, and nurse.

During these interactions, the nurse and physician discuss ongoing vital signs assessment, detox scale scores (such as CIWA and COWS), general health issues, medication evaluation, and identified needs for sustained recovery. Whenever possible, the client is involved in these discussions, ensuring privacy and confidentiality are maintained throughout communications with other healthcare providers.

Step 13: Personalized Planning for Discreet and Private Aftercare

At Radius Recovery, discreet and private aftercare planning and implementation begin as soon as the client contacts us. We recognize that aftercare planning is a crucial component of alcohol or opiate home detox. Our goal is to create comprehensive aftercare plans that include a full treatment team, encompassing physician aftercare (primary care and psychiatry), appropriate medications, therapy, early recovery groups, and positive connections with healthy individuals. Additionally, we consider additional aftercare options such as sober companions or coaches, comprehensive clinics, acupuncture, massage therapy, and other supportive treatments.

The aftercare plans at Radius Recovery are personalized and negotiated with the client. We understand that some clients prefer a more extensive aftercare plan, while others may opt for a more limited approach. Our team strives to assist each client in creating an aftercare plan that will effectively support their sobriety journey.

Furthermore, our clinician at Radius Recovery arranges regular communication with the client following discharge, with daily contact for the first seven days, weekly contact for four weeks, and monthly contact for four months. This ongoing support ensures a smooth transition and provides continuous guidance during the early stages of recovery.

Step 14: Attending the First Aftercare Appointment Together

Initiating aftercare before the departure of our nurse is of utmost importance at Radius Recovery. To ensure a successful continuation of care, our nurse accompanies the client to each planned aftercare appointment. Together with the client, we assess the level of comfort and effectiveness of the client’s relationship with the assigned aftercare caregiver.

Research consistently demonstrates that clients who attend their first planned aftercare appointment are more likely to maintain their commitment to future appointments. Therefore, at Radius Recovery, we make every effort to ensure our clients reach their first aftercare appointment successfully.

Additionally, this provides an opportunity for the nurse to deliver a verbal report to the therapist in the presence of the client. This ensures accurate and agreed-upon information sharing, facilitating a seamless transition of care from the nurse to the therapist or physician.

Step 15: On-Site Support During Aftercare

Radius Recovery, our dedicated nurse remains on-site to provide monitoring and support during the agreed-upon aftercare period. We emphasize the importance of commitment and follow-through with aftercare for sustained recovery. While detoxification addresses the immediate physical aspect, maintaining recovery requires ongoing effort.

The nurse’s duration of stay depends on the client’s request, but typically ranges from 7 to 10 days. However, longer stays between 10 and 90 days have also been accommodated. During this time, our nurse can observe the client’s daily life and provide coaching to help them effectively manage life in sobriety. This may include attending self-help groups, therapy meetings, physician-based meetings, and early recovery groups.

At Radius Recovery, we understand that recovery is a journey, and we are committed to providing the necessary support to help our clients achieve lasting sobriety.


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