The detox unit at The Healing Place is a real special place to start your road to recovery. I have experienced this on both sides of the fence. What I mean by that is I am not only a staff member, but I have walked through those doors as a client. In my experience, there is nothing worse than being completely hopeless and totally lost in the world of alcoholism and addiction so walking in the doors of detox at The Healing Place was a relief. That’s because I knew this was the first step toward doing something different in my life.
We take a lot of pride in what we have to offer when you come to The Healing Place’s detox unit asking for help. One of the most valuable things is the positive atmosphere you’re walking into. That goes a long way considering people like me have led such a negative lifestyle. When I first came to detox, it was vital and eye-opening to be treated with respect. On top of that, the person who admitted me had once been in my shoes and was now clean and sober. That right there was enough to give me the push I needed to accept some help. The Healing Place staff asked me a few questions before admitting me. They asked if I’d had enough pain and whether I was willing to go to any length for my sobriety. I’d absolutely had enough pain and I was ready to do whatever they asked me.
What you can expect from our detox unit is not easy to some, but essential in The Healing Place model. In the first 24 hours, the only thing that’s required of you is eating and sleeping. After 24 hours, you’re encouraged to go to all meetings and classes held on campus. Going to all functions gives you the opportunity to fellowship with clients in the program and lets you see the guys who are 30 days, 60 days, 180 days clean. You get to see the program working right in front of you. Depending on the severity of your detox, you will go to quite a few classes and meetings in the three to five days you’re in detox at The Healing Place. You will get to experience the ups and downs of detox – and it isn’t always fun. If you ask just about any alumni of The Healing Place, they can tell you their detox bed number and everything that happened to them while in detox, because that’s where it all started. We don’t want to forget that pain. It fuels us to move forward and continue to strive to do more positive things in our lives.
The primary objective is for each person to have a safe detox experience. Our staff assists and monitors each detox client. Every client’s blood pressure is monitored at least three times a day, depending on the drug from which they’re detoxing. Some guys come in with nothing to their name so we make sure they have clothes and keep up with their hygiene. Nobody likes being in any detox unit, but we keep ours clean and create a safe environment.
After a client has successfully detoxed, it’s up to the individual to decide where they want to go. Nine out of ten clients go across the street to get pre-screened for our long-term recovery program; others seek recovery elsewhere. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. I needed long-term recovery provided by The Healing Place and that was what worked best for me.
If you or anyone you know needs help, please feel free to give us a call. The direct line to men’s detox at The Healing Place is 502-583-0369.
Posted on September 15, 2015
by Marla Highbaugh filed under