Detox Plan

Alcohol and Drug ‘Detox’ at Priory -

Detoxification, or Detox for short, is the removal of toxic substances from the body. Most drug and all alcohol addictions require a medically managed programme of detox to: 

  • Remove all traces from the body 
  • Reduce any physical symptoms of withdrawal

Our consultant-led teams of addiction specialists provide treatment for single and multi-substance addictions, including alcohol, drugs and stimulants, as well as behavioural addictions including sex, gambling, eating, shopping and the internet. We work closely with you to identify the patterns of destructive behaviour and social impact that the addiction has upon your life and the lives of people closest to you.

Our Approach to 'Detox'-

Choosing to get help for an addiction can be a very difficult and emotional time, and the thought of detox can be extremely daunting. However at Priory, our approach aims to reduce these feelings, and offers you the expert service you require for successful recovery.

With round-the-clock care, support and specialist medical management, we ensure our patients are closely observed, safe and comfortable at all times. Having on-site medical and nursing staff available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week means all medical care can take place on site.

“I had good day yesterday, that’s because I woke up sober and clean, no drink, no drugs. I feel great, that’s 22 days off my poison.
” Priory Patient

Dr Tim Rank from Priory hospital Brighton & Hove explains the importance of medically supervised detoxification:

Detox is the first step towards recovery and, particularly in the case of alcohol; it needs to be closely medically supervised. If you have become dependent on alcohol it is actually dangerous to stop drinking suddenly without a proper medical detox due to symptoms such as anxiety, sweating, shaking, poor sleep and even seizures. The detox involves prescribing a reducing dose of a medicine called diazepam which can usually be safely stopped after 7 days. The detox does need to be tailored to the individual which is why it is so important to have access to medical care 24 hours a day during this time. Once the physical dependency has been dealt with, the important psychological work looking at the reasons why the addiction has become a problem can be addressed.

Detox can appear tough, but it is a necessary first step on the road to recovery. Following detox to get your addiction fully under control, we strongly recommend you join our 28 day Addictions Treatment Programme, which includes:

  • A free assessment to explore the problem in more detail without obligation to continue into treatment
  • Free weekly aftercare support for 12 months upon completion of the programme 
  • Family support during and after treatment

Addiction Treatment Plan-

Treatment for addiction at Priory is made up of both group work and individual counselling sessions to help you cope better and adopt a healthier lifestyle. Our treatment helps you to:

  • Manage problems with new ways of coping 
  • Build self-esteem 
  • Create positive attitudes going forward

Our teams are led by Consultant Psychiatrists and are made up of many experts including qualified addiction therapists some of whom may also be in recovery. This allows for a unique insight and approach which will ensure your stay is as beneficial and as comfortable as possible. 

I enjoyed all the groups and my 1:1…I loved the honesty of all the group members, even the therapists. The therapists being in recovery and understanding helps I think – they’ve been there.” Priory Patient

Our goal-

The main aim of our treatment is to support you in giving up the substance, rather than simply cutting down. This may seem like a scary thought at first, but with our expert help, you will be on your way to achieving abstinence and a better quality of life.

A big change from my first day here; I rated my mood yesterday as an 8 out of 10 – it was a 3 when I came in…. overall a really good day in recovery.” Priory Patient

For more details on the full range of Priory Services, please call 0800 144 8969 or click here to make an enquiry.